Neale Lavis - an inspiration


Neale Lavis, a member of the four-man Australian equestrian team that made history by winning gold in the three-day team event at the 1960 Rome Olympic Games, will be inducted into the Equestrian Australia Hall of Fame in the Individual Achievement category on June 5th

Lavis, a former rodeo rider who farmed cattle, finished second to Morgan in the individual event. Lavis, 30 at the time, was the youngest of the Rome Olympic team however he was almost faultless over the three days of competition riding Mirrabooka. He bought the horse in Cooma for £100, and after the Olympics was offered £10,000 for him but refused to sell him.

Lavis won the inaugural Australian three-day event in Sydney in 1957 and the Great Auckland one-day event in 1960. He went to England in 1960 and competed successfully in jumping, fox-hunting and team events in Surrey, White City, and Badminton. 

Lavis competed again at the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games and in 1999 was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his service to the equestrian sports as a competitor, coach, and administrator, and to the community.