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.
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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.