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.
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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.