Sport for Women

Wendy Schaeffer

Type: Player/Athlete
Sports: Equestrian
Location: Australia

It was Sunburst that took Wendy Schaeffer from Pony Club grade four eventing through her first Equestrian Federation of Australia Senior competition classes and eventually to the 1996 Atlanta Olympics where they won gold.

Read more at the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.

Wendy Schaeffer in the News

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  • After back-door entry, eventing team a 'dark horse' for medal

    AUSTRALIA'S place in the team eventing competition at the London Olympics will be confirmed at the last possible moment today, but the sport's brains trust remains confident it has a team capable of contending for a fourth gold medal in six Games.

  • Spend Australia Day with Wendy Schaeffer at Sunning Hill

    What better way to spend Australia Day than with an Australian Olympic gold medallist? Spend a day with Wendy Schaeffer at Sunning Hill; the home of Sunburst Equestrian

  • Wendy Shaeffer targets Olympics

    EVENTING Olympic Gold Medallist Wendy Schaeffer, from South Australia, is looking to claim a berth on the Australian Team at the London Olympics.

  • Wendy Schaeffer - Equestrian Champion

    Wendy Schaeffer’s second win at the Australian International 3 Day Event in Adelaide last November confirmed that once again she’s on track to represent Australia, now with the 2012 London Olympics firmly in her sights. She’s acknowledged around the world as one of Australia’s toughest and most successful equestrian competitors and when she’s not competing around the globe you’ll find Wendy at home in Hahndorf.

Q & A

Greatest sporting achievement: Team Gold Medallist from the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, finishing as top individual competitor in the Team competition (prior to the Atlanta Olympics this would have been an Individual Gold! Atlanta was the first time the Team & Individual competition was separated)

Greatest achievement off the field: Graduating with a Masters of Animal Physiotherapy from the University of Queensland

Who is your sporting heroine? Virginia Leng (GBR) who I watched become the World Three Day Eventing Champion as an 11yo & inspired me to be 'the best in the world' one day!

How many hours per week to you train/exercise? I train with my horses up to 30 hrs/week, I train personally up to 5hrs/week.

What kind of diet or nutrition plan are you on? Essentially healthy eating!

What do you love about your sport? The challenge of forming a partnership with wonderful animals based on mutual respect & trust and the rewards of developing a horse to their full potential. If you could change something about your sport, what would it be? Decreased risk of injury to my horses What motivates you? My desire to win, represent my country & the satisfaction of training my horses to a high standard.

Do you have a profession outside of your sport? Not currently though I have been a physiotherapist.

Three words that describe you: Loyal, Integrity, Genuine

If I wanted to play your sport, what advice would you give me? Believe in yourself absolutely

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