Morrow aims at Rio Olympics

Australia’s Rebel Morrow rides Oaklea Grover during the 2004 Olympics and will ride her half-sister in Warwick this weekend.
Australia’s Rebel Morrow rides Oaklea Grover during the 2004 Olympics and will ride her half-sister in Warwick this weekend. Susan Walsh

REBEL Morrow loves the chance to compete against the top men in eventing as she aims to make it to a second Olympics in 2016.

Originally from Kilcoy, Morrow lived for a decade in the Hunter Valley before returning home to Queensland three years ago to settle at Wynnum.

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Morrow heads to Warwick this weekend for the National Farmers Warehouse International Three-day Event with her 10-year-old chestnut mare Hillgrove Enviable.

"Enviable is a mare who can take me to the Olympics," Morrow said.

It will be even more special for Morrow if she makes it on Enviable, a half-sister of Oakley Groover, a horse she rode into 11th place at the Olympics in Athens in 2004.

At age 27, Morrow was best placed of the Australians at Athens where the team finished sixth.

When called by the Daily News at 6.15pm Monday, she was riding her horse and described the time leading up to an event as stressful.

"She pulled a shoe off last week and stood on the toe clip of the shoe which made her foot bleed," Morrow said. "Enviable is now as sound as a bell."

The Olympian said she was fond of the mare.

"I have a fair bit of sentimental attachment to her," Morrow said.

"She is very individual, and she is a serious competitor," Morrow said.

This weekend at Morgan Park is part of a journey she hopes will take her to Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

Morrow has to perform well at three-star this weekend to boost her chances of qualification for four star for the Adelaide International this year.

She dreams of a second Olympics knowing age is not a factor for equestrian riders.

"You can ride to any age," Morrow said.

"There is no other Olympic sport where men and women can compete together."

There are 200 nominations for the international eventing with dressage on Good Friday, cross country on Saturday and showjumping on Sunday at Morgan Park.

Topics:  equestrian eventing olympics

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