Rose wins Sydney equestrian title

28 April 2014

EQUESTRIAN - Olympic rider Shane Rose is hoping his winning performance in the Sydney International will earn him an Australian team berth for the World Equestrian Games.

Rose clinched his second Sydney title on Sunday with victory on the appropriately named Qualified while his second horse Taurus placed third after knocking four rails in the show jumping phase.

After missing the London Olympics due to an injury to Taurus, 41-year-old Rose is firmly focused on adding a World Equestrian Games medal in France in August to his Olympic silver medal from Beijing.

"This Sydney (International Equestrian Centre) course is probably the toughest terrain to ride on and I have ridden all over the world," said Rose.

"I'm very lucky to have a horse as good as Qualified.

"He just keeps getting better and better and I'm excited for him and his future.

"Hopefully there is the chance for one of these guys to make it on the team for Normandy and I'm sure it's going to be a great Australian team."

Rose and Qualified's final score of 53.40 was well clear of second-placed Jessica Manson and Legal Star (68.20), while the result was 21-year-old Manson's best at this level.

Olympian Sonja Johnson was the only rider to produce a clear show jumping round on the final day of competition but refusals on cross country day meant that Johnson's two horses were left out of the placings and finished fourth and 10th overall.

"I made the same stupid mistake at a fence on both horses on cross country," she said. "You know you do it once and you're sort of pretty cross with yourself.

"I'm going to be berating myself the whole way across the Nullarbor."

Local riders vying for spots on the Australian team for the World Equestrian Games will have a second opportunity to post a good score at the Melbourne International Horse Trials while overseas riders will head to the Badminton Horse Trials in England to stake their claim.