Para-equestrian athletes from across the country made the journey to the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, over the Australia Day long weekend to take their first steps toward Paralympic qualification.
The 2019 Boneo Classic marked the first of eight selection events for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
The event was the first chance for national selectors to see the quality of combinations, both old and new, which are contesting selection for the 2020 Australian Paralympic Team.
The event showcased 11 combinations, including seven national squad riders, over three days of competition across three categories – individual test, teams test and freestyle test. One rider campaigned two horses.
“It was really interesting to see some new combinations which I hadn’t seen before and to see the improvement in the existing horses,” said the chair of the national selectors, Sue Bright. “It is early in the year and we still have the rest of this year and half of next year to go, but some of them are already definitely on their way.”
Forthcoming Australian-based selection events for 2019 are planned for Sydney in April, Queensland in July, Sydney in October and Victoria in December.
|I||Stella Barton and Croft Cnoc Morris|
|II||Joann Formosa and Kamber Merfyn|
|III||Emma Booth and Mogelvangs Zidane|
|IV||Matilda Carnegie and Devils Chocolate|
By Equestrian Australia