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Horse on Course
Author: Maggie Dawkins

ISBN: 9781921601842
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 274
Published: 1 October 2013
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 25.0 x 17.5
When Melbourne hosted the Olympic Games in 1956 the equestrian sports were held in Stockholm because Australia's quarantine restrictions prevented the entry of horses for the competition.

In those days stockmen rode horses and those who rode for pleasure rode like stockmen - the classical riding style and dressage were the province of a small minority in the riding community. The first Australian eventing team managed 4th place and in doing so lit the fuse of the sport back home. One keen 30-year-old observer who had missed out on selection for the team was Graham Parham, known as Kanga for his role as a stuntman in the film Kangaroo - and he decided that if Australia was to take this sport seriously South Australia needed to have a three day event.

Travelling to Melbourne in 1957 to compete in his first three day event, Kanga resolved to create one in his state. He chose his home town of Gawler, a rather unpreposing town trapped between its country origins and its city aspirations but with most of the required facilities for the event. After the required support and funds were marchalled, the first event was run in 1959 and by 1966 Gawl...

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