Shane has two sisters and one brother, all older than
Shane. All the Rose kids rode from very young and went to Pony Club. From
L to R, Dave, Brandy, Jen, Ally,
Chance, and Shane (At Forest Hills Pony
Club grounds, 1983).
Mickey Mouse, 8hh shetland. When
Shane could walk, trot, canter and jump Mickey over a
cavalletti (no mean feat, as Mickey's preferred
activity was to eat) he then got a real pony and joined Pony Club.
Shane's first blue ribbon was on Tinker, a 12hh mare.
Forest is in the heart of the Ku-ring-gai Chase, so ponies
where used to ride to friends houses to watch TV and to
get to the shops to get ice creams and lollies. Shane
and freinds were known to terrorised the rangers and pleasure
riders in the National Park.
Shane joined Pony Club when he was about 5 and stayed
with it through to my 'A' certificate. Shane took part in
everything, from mounted games to showjumping and
photo: Peace Matinee (sporter extraordinaire turned
Pony Club days he was selected
to the State Eventing Camp with Reggie (Peace Matinee)
where Wayne Roycroft was the instructor.
I must admit that I only began to enjoy dressage after
Shane played with the Warringah Rats' junior
rep teams for several years and was not sure whether
I should play rugby or horses after school. After
spending six months in the UK playing horses. Shane decided
to stick with horses. Major
When Shane was about 8, he was fortunate enough to
"hang around" horse greats such as Heath
Harris (Horse trainer extraordinaire) and Tony
Jablonski (Film World) who were living next door,
working on the film The Light Horsemen. With them Shane was introduced to Endurance and stunt riding, both
very useful skills for Eventing! On
leaving school, Shane spent 6 months with Peter Taylor (NZ, chef d'equipe to the Canadian Eventing team
1996), six months in the UK with Jane Thelwall
(now Wallace). Jane is best remembered for winning
Burghley and Bramham
(twice) with King's Jester. While
in England, Shane went with Denis Pigott (Australian team
Bronze medalist, Montreal)and his wife, Vicki, to
watch the World Equestrian Games. They left after
the Eventing and Shane stayed on to help Tony Jablonski
in the support team strapping for the bronze medalist
of the Australian Endurance Team at Stockholm. Survival
On returning to Australia, Shane spent six months
with Denis Pigott riding horses and helping
around the property before moving home to study
Horse Management full time at the Sydney Institute
of Technology. When not at college Shane supported himself as an assistant to
a builder-handyman, boarded horses, mowed lawns,
washed dishes and in his spare
Peace Matinee (Reggie) and Satchmo.
Shane's first horse he produce from
scratch was Dudley Serious. It took
nearly a year before Shane felt his dressage was good enough to venture out eventing.
However, the $600 purchase, Dudley Serious eventually got
it right and in 1995 Shane and Dudley represented Australia at the
Trans Tasman competition in New Zealand.
move to Berry:
In 1993, after 20 years in Duffys Forest, the
family moved to Berry. Shane helped them relocate the
family nursery and then concentrated on setting up
an eventing yard.
In 1994, when Shane was 21, he realised his first goal,
representing Australia in the Young Rider Trans Tasman
competition with Mr Joe Cool. They won both the NZ Young Rider One & Three Day
championships and the team won
the Young Rider Trans Taman trophy for the first time.
1996 Shane was selected on the squad to the Atlanta Olympic Games
and went to the States with Mr Joe Cool. Shane was selected
#3 and #4 from Australia and had to decide between
Dudley and Joe. As Joe was the most "cool"
and was more reliable, Joe it was. Unfortunately he
went lame over in the States just before the Games
but Shane was lucky enough to get some teaching jobs and
a commission to set up a cross country course in the
lead up to the Games.
1998, Shane went to Rome with It's A Knockout (Josh) and
rode at the World Equestrian Games (WEG) as a member
of the Australian team. This
was a mixture of thrill and disappointment. After
a really sensational dressage test, Shane had to walk Josh
home about 4 jumps before the end of the course. He
was exhausted. It turned out he had caught
a bacterial infection which cut off his breathing
when he got to this point. He later completed the
four star at Adelaide with no ill effect.
In 2003, Shane in
partnership with Niki Chapman purchased a property in
Werombi (1hr south west of Sydney), they named the
property 'Bimbadeen Park'. Together they have set
up a racehorse breaking and pre training business along
with their performance horse business. In
2006, Shane was selected with All Luck for the World
Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany.
Unfortunately all did not go to plan and Lucky and Shane did not complete the
event. They did however have
a successful Burghley CCI**** debut in 2006 and
finished in 3rd place at this prestigious competition.
and I about to load for the trip to
England and WEG.
In 2008, Shane and Lucky were selected for the Beijing Olympic
Games. Although Lucky did not put his best foot
forward in the dressage, he came out all guns blazing
for the cross country and clocked up the best cross
country round of the day. Shane and Lucky were
members of the Team that won the Silver Medal at the
Shane has a wonderful team of
horses that look to have the ability to be successful on
the world stage. Shane is now working towards the
following International Events: 2009: Trans Tasman
Adelaide CCI4* 2010: World
Equestrian Games - Kentucky USA 2012: Olympic Games -
London GBR Top.