Wollondilly equestrian wins third Olympic medal

The three-man team featuring Werombi's Shane Rose (centre), Kevin McNab and Andrew Hoy finished behind gold medallists Great Britain with France taking bronze. Picture: AAP/Carolyn Kaster
The three-man team featuring Werombi's Shane Rose (centre), Kevin McNab and Andrew Hoy finished behind gold medallists Great Britain with France taking bronze. Picture: AAP/Carolyn Kaster

Shane Rose will be bringing home yet another Olympic medal after an impressive effort from the Australian eventing team last week.

The three-man team featuring Rose, Kevin McNab and Andrew Hoy finished behind gold medallists Great Britain with France taking bronze.

This was the Wollondilly equestrian's third Olympic Games.

We want to make sure we do everyone proud and maybe even bring home some nice, shiny medals.

Shane Rose

Rose took to Facebook to share his delight with his loyal steed, Virgil, after competing last Friday.

"Clear and under time - what a good boy," he wrote.

"Virg is happy and relaxing back in his stable. And what do all good horses get? The live stream to watch his team mates go around of course."

Australia had started the final day of the eventing program 17.90 points behind Great Britain and just 0.90 ahead of France.

McNab increased Australia's narrow lead over France with a faultless round on Don Quidam in 77.76 seconds - 1.24 seconds inside the time limit.

Shane Rose and Virgil. Picture: AAP/Adam Davy

Shane Rose and Virgil. Picture: AAP/Adam Davy

Rose picked up a four-point penalty aboard Virgil, leaving Hoy with little margin for error.

He responded in immaculate fashion with a clear round in 74.93 seconds to secure silver for Australia.

Great Britain finished on 86.30 points, Australia 100.20 and France 101.50.

Rose told the Advertiser prior to heading to the Tokyo games that it was a great opportunity to represent his country.

"It's obviously really good - we worked really hard for it for a very long time," the Werombi resident said.

"We want to make sure we do everyone proud and maybe even bring home some nice, shiny medals."

Rose took home a silver medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and nabbed a bronze medal in the eventing team at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The talented local also runs the prestigious Camden Equestriad event at Camden Bicentennial Equestrian Park each year.

The annual event attracts thousands of horses and riders from across Australia vying for eventing, showjumping and dressage titles.

-with AAP/Phil Blanche