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The road to Rome

The road to Rome

Australian team selection

After his success at the Sydney Royal show in 1957, Neale focused on representing Australia in the three-day equestrian event at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome. Neale and his horse Mirrabooka made the team, and sailed to England to compete in the Badminton Horse Trials and Great Auclam International, in readiness for Rome. Disaster struck when Mirrabooka suddenly became lame five weeks out from the Olympics.

Click on the images below for more details of Neale's life story

  • Neale helping load Mirrabooka onto the SS Jason, for the trip to England, 1959.
    Sailing for England, 1959
  • Australian Olympic three-day event team (from left) Laurie Morgan and Salad Days, Bill Roycroft  and Sabre, John Kelly and Pioneer, Brian Crago and Toscanella and Neale Lavis and Mirrabooka, at Aldershot, England, 1960.
    Australian Olympic team, 1960
  • Neale Lavis on Mirrabooka at Badminton Horse Trials, England, April 1960
    Neale and Mirrabooka at Badminton,1960
  • Neale Lavis riding Mirrabooka at Badminton Horse Trials, England, April 1960
    Neale and Mirrabooka at Badminton,1960
  • Neale and Mirrabooka, the winning partnership at the one-day event at Great Auclum International, in Berkshire, England, 1960.
    Neale and Mirrabooka in Berkshire, 1960
  • Neale helping to load Mirrabooka for the flight from Heathrow to Rome, 1960.
    London to Rome, 1960

 


People and the Environment

This online feature is written by Carol Cooper, Senior Curatorial Fellow, National Museum of Australia. Horses in Australia is part of the National Museum's People and the Environment program. Discover more stories about people's relationships with Australia's natural and built environments on our People and the Environment website.