Jones blow continues equestrian setbacks

Megan Jones

Georgina Robinson AUSTRALIA'S eventing team yesterday absorbed its second body blow in four days after replacement rider Megan Jones was forced to withdraw with a lame horse.

Falls in the cross-country equestrian

Great Britain's Zara Phillips on High Kingdom in the Cross Country Equestrian on July 30, 2012.  Photo by  Pat Scala

Australia has lost Sam Griffiths and Clayton Fredericks after a day of crashes in the cross-country competition, leaving the Aussie team with only three riders and in sixth place.


The neighs have it on Olympic equestrian ruling

Hayley Beresford

Andrew Stevenson EQUESTRIAN competitors and supporters have continued to excoriate the peak national body over the exclusion of Hayley Beresford from the dressage team for the London Olympic Games.

Wet weather threatens to rain on Games' parade


Samantha Lane Two Olympic venues are waterlogged and are hastily being resurfaced as Games organisers review their contingency plans due to downpours that threaten to spoil the two-week London event.

Charlesworth waves the flag for women

Ric Charlesworth.

Chris Barrett, London Natalie Cook, Leisel Jones, Sally Pearson and Anna Meares in the mix to carry flag.

Let the blame games begin: security lapses cast dark cloud over London


Karen Kissane Poor weather and London's notorious traffic snarls could be the least of the problems when the 2012 Olympics begin next week.


Heartbreak for Rose as lame horse foils Olympic bid

Shane Rose.

A tearful Shane Rose has spoken of his heartache at missing out on a berth on Australia's eventing team after his horse Taurus was ruled out with a leg injury today.

Break the drought: let a woman carry the flag

Natalie Cook

Chris Barrett One of Australia's greatest Olympians, Ric Charlesworth, is leading the call for a woman to carry the flag into the opening ceremony.

Harry heads for the beach as royal cheerleader


Gordon Rayner in London The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will attend almost 30 events between them during the London 2012 Olympics, and there are no prizes for guessing who bagged a ticket to the beach...

Don't be fooled by the purse-strings agenda

Richard Hinds dinkus

Richard Hinds In the lead-up to these Olympic Games, Australians have again been subjected to the great Olympic con.

Your daily guide to the 2012 Olympics

Awesome oarsmen: from left, William Lockwood, James Chapman, Drew Ginn and Jushua Dunkley-Smith.

Worried you’ll miss something at the London Games but too busy to study the schedule?

No high fives as Chloe plans to honour cousin

 Chloe Esposito

Tim Barrow MODERN pentathlon medal hope Chloe Esposito's Olympic preparation was perfect, until her life was rocked by a family tragedy.

Replacement needs a replacement as horse goes lame

Megan Jones with Allofasudden.

Robert Dillon and Georgina Robinson Just days after being drafted into Australia’s equestrian team as a replacement, Megan Jones has spoken about her heartbreak and the ‘rollercoaster’ nature of the sport after she also was forced to...

No high fives for Chloe, she is now doing it for Matt

Australian modern pentathlon competitor Chloe Esposito.

Tim Barrow MODERN pentathlon medal hope Chloe Esposito's Olympic preparation was perfect, until her life was rocked by a family tragedy.

'It's time for a woman to carry the flag'

Leisel Jones

Chris Barrett LONDON: Girl power is in full swing in London and one of Australia's greatest male Olympic figures, Ric Charlesworth, is leading the call for a woman to carry the flag into Friday's opening ceremony.

'I'm not out to win a popularity contest': Captain Mark Phillips comes clean on affair

Mark Phillips and Zara Phillips.

Georgina Robinson Just days before his royal daughter Zara Phillips competes for Great Britain in Olympic equestrian, Captain Mark Phillips comes clean on his affair with a rider 30 years his junior.

Everything you might not want to know about the opening ceremony

British director Danny Boyle

Michael Gleeson IT was always a futile task to ask everyone to keep schtum in an era of mobile phones, cameras and with a cast and crew of thousands.

Riding high on courage

Teaming up: Grace Bowman and her horse Rolly will next month head to London for the Paralympics.

Stathi Paxinos Grace Bowman has high hopes of a para-equestrian medal in London.


Money, power claims divide riding ranks

Hayley Beresford.

Andrew Stevenson and Louise Hall, Sydney Selection of the two Oatleys to the Olympic dressage team has exposed bitter tensions.

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Not a fair crop: Olympic discard who outrode tycoon's granddaughter

Hayley Beresford

Andrew Stevenson, Louise Hall Bitter tensions at the perceived influence of wealth and patronage emerge in he world of dressage.

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