Allora rider dreams of 2018 Equestrian Games
IT is a long way from a horse breeding property at Allora to the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Montreal but that is the dream of Eleanor Osborne.
The Warwick Horse Trials Club member has been riding her eight-year-old gelding Highborne Rocker in the past year and Osborne was delighted with a sixth in CIC Two-star at the Sydney International Three-Day Event this year.
They were fourth in the Alltech Series which finished in Sydney in April
The same combination was 22nd in the Adelaide International this month after four knocked rails in showjumping cost them dearly.
Highborne Rocker is by the Wattlebrae Thoroughbred stud sire Easy Rocking and was a racehorse until bought by Osborne as a five-year-old.
"I am pretty excited about him," she said.
In Sydney, they went clear in cross country and showjumping after in Osborne's words "a competitive dressage test".
This month in Adelaide, they were third after dressage, sixth after cross country but four downed rails in showjumping put them back to 22nd place.
"He is just a bit green for showjumping at that level," she said.
"Rocker doesn't know how to stop, he is very brave and handled the atmosphere of a major event at Adelaide well."
Osborne will take him to Sydney again next year with the eventual aim of four-star and then the possibility of going for Australian selection for the World Equestrian Games (WEG) or the Olympics.
Her first target will be WEG in Montreal, Canada, in 2018, an event even tougher than the Olympics.
"WEG is the pinnacle of the sport of eventing," she said.
"I hope to take one or two horses overseas to compete, that is the four-year plan."
While the Warwick Horse Trials Club will still be her home club, Osborne plans to move to a property between Beaudesert and Canungra next year to be closer to her coach Tony Manca and closer to more training facilities.
"It is an area with a lot of performance horses and thoroughbreds," she said.
She is currently on the committee of the Warwick club and will continue in that role even if it will mean more travel to be involved.
While Osborne plans to move to further a sporting dream, the family will continue their breeding business on their property at Allora.
Her father, Dr Cameron Osborne, is chairman of the Queensland International Three-Day Event Committee which runs the biggest competition on the Queensland eventing calender at Morgan Park each year.
The event has been held at different times down the years but in 2015 will be on October 2-5.