Shane Rose under review by Equestrian Australia

Shane Rose (AUS) rides Virgil during the Eventing Cross Country Team and Individual. Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games | An Eventful Life
Shane Rose (AUS) rides Virgil at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Triple Olympic medallist, Shane Rose is under review by Equestrian Australia after concerns were raised following Shane’s mankini outfit worn during a fancy dress competition at Wallaby Hill Extravaganza.

“As with any high performance athlete, Shane is bound by the High Performance and Equestrian Australia Codes of Conduct and Athlete Agreement. Equestrian Australia has an obligation to address these concerns and is currently reviewing the matter” states Equestrian Australia on its website. 

“To be clear, Shane has not been suspended or sanctioned.  As is usual in these circumstances for all high performance athletes, he has been stood down from competition for several days while the review is carried out. This does not affect his ability to train or otherwise participate in the sport. Equestrian Australia has also encouraged Shane to provide an account of the events if he wishes to do so.  This process should take no more than a matter of days and we expect a resolution in the coming week.”

“Equestrian Australia is dedicated to supporting our athletes in their Olympic campaign and works collaboratively with them to achieve their Olympic dreams.”

Shane, who is not only one of Australia’s leading eventing riders but also one of the most popular figures in the sport internationally, has received massive sport on social media since it was announced that he was under review.

Well-known for his contribution to the sport over many years, Shane has been a driving force behind the development of eventing in Australia and is an inspirational figure to many in the Australian equestrian community.

Shane now waits to hear the outcome of the review, which hopefully will be quickly resolved so that life can return to normal for the rider who is one of Australia’s best hopes for yet another medal at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.