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Victory in Rome

Victory in Rome

A bush victory

The three-day event was held at an equestrian centre in the hills outside Rome. Mirrabooka performed well in the dressage and excelled at the difficult cross-country course, where teammate Bill Roycroft was injured and many riders retired. Neale and Mirrabooka completed a clear round in the showjumping and the Australians won team gold. Neale also won individual silver and recalls the raising of the Australian flag at the medal ceremony as one of his proudest moments.

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

  • Neale and Mirrabooka dressed for their dressage test, Olympic Games, Rome, 1960.
    Ready for the dressage, 1960
  • Neale and Mirrabooka, entering  the dressage arena, Rome Olympics, 1960.
    Entering the dressage arena, 1960
  • Neale and Mirrabooka, entering and leaving the dressage arena, Rome Olympics, 1960.
    Leaving the dressage arena, 1960
  • Neale and Mirrabooka  at the cross-country event, Rome Olympics, 1960.
    Cross-country event, 1960
  • Water jump, 1960
    Water jump, 1960
  • Massed log jump, 1960
    Massed log jump, 1960
  • Cross-country jump, 1960
    Cross-country jump, 1960
  • Ditch, 1960
    Ditch, 1960
  • Cross-country section jump, 1960
    Cross-country section jump, 1960
  • Mirrabooka and Neale at fence five, the triple-spread and brush, on the cross-country course at the Rome Olympics, 1960.
    Neale and Mirrabooka in Rome, 1960
  • Neale and Mirrabooka get a clear round in the showjumping event at Rome Olympics, 1960.
    Showjumping event, 1960
  • Page from a photo album titled 'The Golden Team' with an image of three men with medals.
    Team gold, 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.