When Shane Rose takes the stage at Rio with his 13-year-old grey gelding CP Qualified, he is due some better Olympic luck than what he’s previously had to endure. Rio will be Rose’s fourth Olympic selection however he has been forced to withdraw twice due to injuries to his horses.
Rose first began riding horses at his local pony club when he was young, but only fully committed to the sport after a six-month stint of playing representative rugby union in the United Kingdom.
After some international success early in his career, Rose was picked to compete at the 1996 Atlanta Game, but when his horse Mr Joe Cool went lame on the journey to the Games, Rose was cruelly forced to withdraw.
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12 long years later, however, Rose’s Olympic dream was finally realised when he and his horse All Lucky helped Australia secure a silver medal in the Team event with the pair securing the best cross country round of the event.
Tragedy struck again at London 2012 when his horse Taurus, who he had been preparing for five years, was unable to compete after he sustained a shoulder injury and pulled up lame, forcing Rose to withdraw from his second Olympics appearance in three attempts.
Rose has been in consistent form since his last set back, placing fourth at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy in 2014 and guiding two horses (CP Qualified and Virgil) to 1st and 2nd place finishes at the 2015 Australian International Three Day Event.