From anywhere you can make that journey overseas.”Just keep doing what you’re doing guys because we are all so proud of you back here.” “You can never really predict these sorts of things because Australia is getting stronger every year with riders and horses so we just have to roll with the punches and see how it goes.”He said the small community of Theodore has been behind him, sending messages of support.”It’s really gratifying also knowing that I come from Theodore and just how strong the community is,” he said.Australian dressage committee chair Prue Spurret said it proved Australian riders and horses could hold their own against the world’s best.”It’s immense for an Australian rider to come through, to have taken a horse to that level. (Supplied: Lilly Forado)
“[His horse] Napoleon is probably at the top of his competition life at the moment and by 2020 we should be up there, but we’ll just see what happens. From a small, country town in regional Australia, horseman Anthony Pelling has placed amongst the world’s top equestrian competitors at the World Breeding Dressage Championships for Young Horses in the Netherlands.The 32-year-old, originally from Theodore in central Queensland, has just returned to his home in Spain after placing fifth in the approved stallions class at Ermelo.Fellow Australians Rebecca Rooke and Simone Pearce also competed.Pelling said it was an overwhelming moment to enter the championships arena.”It’s a big thing, especially the main stadium, it was pretty intimidating,” he said.”Once I was in there, I couldn’t see anybody. All I could see was the arena and all the pressure went away.”It’s not just your normal run-of-the-mill competitors, you’ve got Olympians and all the really big competition.”The best thing is you get to meet them and they’re really down to earth people.”Pelling is the head trainer at Yeguada Candau near Seville.He said the championships have been his biggest accomplishment to date.”It was a satisfying moment. Photo:
Australian dressage competitor Anthony Pelling at the World Breeding Dressage Championships for Young Horses in Ermelo, Netherlands. The training that he has put in to get that horse to fifth place,” she said.”The harmony that he has developed, that’s one of the reasons he’s placed so well.”It was a super test, a lovely test.”She said Australian riders are making a name for themselves in Europe.”An Australian Olympian can come from anywhere,” she said.”They can come from outback Queensland. It’s been 14 years here working in Spain and it’s always been my goal to represent Australia and get to that level,” he said.The dressage competitor said the Olympics were definitely in his sights.”It’s still two years away,” he said.
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