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The highlight of Gillian's career has been to compete at two Olympic Games and win consecutive gold medals. The first 'gold' at Barcelona was a milestone in Australian Eventing when Gill became the first Aussie female to medal at any Olympic Games or World Championships..

While Gill has established herself as a successful rider both nationally and internationally, the media and public recognize her as the gutsy girl that fell, broke her collarbone and ribs but got back on to help win gold for Australia in Atlanta.

Gillian's riding career has spanned 40 years and she has been competing at International level since 1984. During her career she has won, or placed, at many international competitions. These include Olympic Games, World Champs, Trans-Tasman's and Internationals in Europe and Australia.

Gillian was a Show and Dressage rider from the age of ten until her early 20's. This was a successful era,where Gillian produced, trained and rode Royal Show Pony Galloway and Hack Champions for other people and included winning the Champion Equestrienne and Champion Lady Rider at the Royal Adelaide Show.

At the relatively late age of 21, Gillian started Eventing and Showjumping. A yearling she bought for the princely sum of $200.00 showed more talent jumping out of his paddock than the quiet pastime of dressage. The young horse, Saville Row, charged up the Eventing Grades so quickly that he and Gillian were long listed for the LA Games. Unfortunately Saville Row sustained a leg injury in the final selection trial but the Olympic dream was born.

She was also long listed for Seoul on Benton's Way but missed the final selection trial when she dislocated an elbow in a training accident the day before the trial. The consolation prise that year was winning the Advanced Class at the prestigious Gawler 3 Day Event.

While most of Australia's top riders and horses live and compete overseas, Gill lives in Australia. This is not only because Australia is Gill's home but also she feels it is the best place to find talented young horses and prepare them for their International Eventing Career

Peppermint Grove had a wonderful retirement but unfortunately passed away in 2006 at the Grand old age of 27.

Gill has been coordinating and Coaching the EFA National Young Eventing Rider Squad since 2003, is an FEI International Eventing judge and and is Event Director of the Australian International 3 Day Event (formally the Adelaide International Horse Trials)

She currently lives at Clarendon Park with husband Greg, 7 horses and Golden Retrievers, Jess and Jez. At Clarendon Park, Gillian, now an EFA NCAS Level 3 Specialist coach, continues to identify and develop equine and human talent towards their International careers.

Gill is in demand as an International Judge and has been invited to judge the Eventing World Cup Final in Malmo, Sweden, Punchestown CCI*** Ireland, Gatcombe CIC** UK, Taupo CCI*** NZ, Khihkhi CIC*** NZ, South East Asia Games Thailand Adelaide CCI**** Aus and all major Events in Australia
Gill is a National Advanced Dressage judge and an FEI International Eventing Judge and is an Australian Selector for our Eventing teams at the Olypics and World Champs