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Total investment 2016-17: $3,122,913 (high performance: $2,115,913; high performance – para: $475,000; participation: $450,000; other: $82,000)

ASC funding as a percentage of total income: 45% 

In 2016, the Equestrian Australia high performance program continued to improve as it implemented changes following the 2014 World Equestrian Games. There was a shift in focus in the Olympic program towards eventing and competing in the Nations Cup that positively influenced performances.

Equestrian met its Rio Olympic medal target by winning a bronze medal in team eventing. However, an inability to meet medal targets at the Paralympics highlighted the growing international focus and continued improvement of competitor nations. During the cycle there was considerable focus on improving combinations’ performances. While these did improve, they did not result in medals. The best Paralympics result was fourth by Lisa Martin on First Famous.

Significant shifts over the four-year cycle have led to better high performance practices, including the introduction of new athlete and equine-management practices. A focus on establishing a professional team culture saw positive results at events before and during the Rio Games.

The establishment of a structure that identifies future athletes has commenced well but it will need refinement and full implementation during the Tokyo cycle.

Governance commentary

Equestrian Australia is progressing towards meeting the ASC’s Mandatory Sports Governance Principles. A high priority is to develop robust financial reporting systems and processes to ensure management and the board are receiving timely and accurate financial information. Equestrian should continue to work towards implementing the recommendations highlighted during an external board evaluation conducted in 2016.

2016 Benchmark event // Olympic Games

Medal target: 1-2

Actual: gold 0 silver 0 bronze 1 total 1

2016 Benchmark event // Paralympic Games

Medal target: 1-3

Actual: gold 0 silver 0 bronze 0 total 0

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