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Australian three-time Olympic medallist Shane Rose

Shane Rose's Unconventional Show Jumping Attire

By Jan'sPublished 2 months ago 3 min read

Australian three-time Olympic medallist Shane Rose has been stood down from competition for wearing a mankini during a show jumping event

Equestrian Australia said "concerns were raised" about the 50-year-old's "attire" during the event at Wallaby Hill near Sydney last weekend.

The governing body said it "has an obligation to address these concerns and is currently reviewing the matter".

Riders were encouraged to wear fancy dress at the event.

Paris 2024 hopeful Rose wore three costumes - a fluorescent orange mankini, a gorilla costume, and a Duffman outfit from the Simpsons.

He wrote on Facebook: "If my costume offended anyone, I am truly sorry as this was never my intention."

Rose also said he hoped the incident would not affect his Olympic preparation.

He later deleted the column to abate the issue.

Rose, who won team eventing silver at the 2008 and 2020 Olympics and bronze in 2016, told the Sydney Morning Herald, that he wanted the situation resolved quickly.

"With a bit of luck this will all be a bit of a laugh in a few days and we can all move on," he said.

"I wore a costume which you could see at a theme park or a beach. Potentially no one has done it on a horse, but there you go.

"I think I am a good person and I do a lot for the sport, and for people in different situations. I don't feel like I have done anything particularly bad.

"In hindsight, I should have re-thought what I did, but at the time I thought it was just a bit of fun."

Equestrian Australia chief executive Darren Gocher said the complaint was made about how Rose was dressed and that there were children at the event.

"Whether it is one complaint or 1,000, we have an obligation to review it," he said.

In a statement, Equestrian Australia said Rose was bound by the High Performance and Equestrian Australia Codes of Conduct and Athlete Agreement and it expects a resolution this week.

"To be clear, Shane has not been suspended or sanctioned," it said.

"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."

Several Olympic equestrian competitors have accused Equestrian Australia of overreacting.

More about Shane Rose

Shane Rose, the Australian equestrian, and three-time Olympic medallist, showcased his accomplishment and adherence to the ambitious sport. Born on June 11, 1972, Rose has categorical his name in the account of Australian equestrian history with his aberrant achievements.

Rose fabricated his Olympic admission at the 2008 Beijing Games, area he anchored an argent badge in aggregation eventing, an attestation to his accomplishment in the saddle. Four years later, at the 2012 London Olympics, he added a calamus to his cap, accidentally to Australia's aggregation eventing bronze. The acme of his Olympic success came in 2021 at the Tokyo Games, area he clinched an argent badge in aggregation eventing.

Known for his aberrant horsemanship and cardinal access to the sport, Rose has become an admired amount in the all-around equestrian community. His adventure is an attestation to years of adamantine work, resilience, and an abysmal affiliation with his equine partners.

Off the arena, Rose is actively complex in announcing equestrian sports and adorning the abutting bearing of riders. His bequest extends above the medals, alarming ambitious equestrians to accompany Arete in the saddle. Shane Rose's arresting Olympic adventure has caked his cachet as an admired amateur and an athlete in Australian equestrian history.


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