Shane has two sisters and one brother, all older than Shane. All the Rose kids rode from a very young age 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.
Duffy’s 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 friends were known to terrorise the rangers and pleasure riders in the National Park.
Shane joined Pony Club when he was about 5 and stayed with it through to his ‘A’ certificate. Shane took part in everything, from mounted games toshow jumping and eventing.During Shane’s Pony Club days he was selected to the State Eventing Camp with Reggie (Peace Matinee) where Wayne Roycroft was the instructor. Shane admits that he only began to enjoy dressage after this experience.
Shane played with the Warringah Rats’ junior rep teams for several years and was not sure whether he should play rugby or continue with horses after school. After spending six months in the UK riding horses, Shane decided to stick with horses.
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. Through them, Shane was introduced to Endurance and stunt riding, both very useful skills for Eventing! Upon 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 after school:
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 time rode Peace Matinee (Reggie) and Satchmo. Shane’s first horse that he produced 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.
The 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.
In 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 Joe went lame 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.
In 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 hehad 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.
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 Olympic Games.
Since then, Shane has been selected to ride in another two Australian teams, firstly at the 2012 London Olympics with Taurus and then again at the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France, where after the unfortunate withdrawal of
the wonderful CP Qualified, Shane and Taurus finished as part of the 5th placed
Australian team. The team successfully qualified Australia a place at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, and along the way proved that Australian riders really are the best cross country riders in the world after Australia was the only country to have all its riders home safe and clear cross country.
Shane has a wonderful team of horses that continue to have the ability to be successful on the world stage. Shane is now working toward qualifying his team of top horses for the rescheduled 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games, with the ultimate goal of once again representing his country.