Heath Ryan

Heath Ryan

Heath was born 2nd July 1958.

2008 Heath was a member of the Australian Dressage Team for the Beijing Olympic Games and Rozzie was named as the First Reserve rider for the same team. Heath has been 3-times Assistant Coach for the Australian Olympic Eventing team, 1996 at the Atlanta Olympics where Australia won Gold, 2000 at the Sydney Olympics where Australia again won Gold and then at the 2004 Athens Olympics. Heath has himself on 3 different occasions been the Australian Three Day Event Champion and is currently the reigning Australian Grand Prix Dressage Champion 2010/2011. This is the second time Heath has been the Australian Grand Prix Dressage Champion.

Perhaps one of the Ryan highlights so far was in 1990 at the WEG in Stockholm where Heath rode for Australia in the Eventing team, Rozzie rode for Australia in the first ever Dressage team to leave Australian shores and Heath's parents Rod and Sue competed for Australia in the 4-in-Hand Driving Championship. Matt, Heath's youngest brother was supposed to be on the Australian Event team with Heath but his horse went lame at the last moment and he acted as groom for Rod and Sue in the 4-in-Hand Driving. Matt was to set the record straight just 2 years later at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992 where he went on to win both the individual and the team Gold medals in the Australian Three Day Eventing team.

Heath has also been involved training riders from many other countries. In 1998 Heath focussed up on coaching the Thai Eventing team and this team went on to win the Team Gold medal, the Individual Silver medal, and the Individual Bronze medal at the 1998 Asian Equestrian Games. Riders come from all over the world to base and train with both Heath and Rozzie. A huge number of Australia's leading riders have spent time working and training with Heath and Rozzie.

Heath is a great believer in "winning" and as a result has been involved with the Ryan's horse breeding program for some 30 years. Basically Heath and Rozzie have raided the best genetics from all over the world and continued to bring them together in a program focused up wholly and solely on producing Gold Medal horses. Producing Olympic horses is in Heath's opinion very different to producing commercial horses or horses capable of winning Young Horse classes. Heath feels that very few people understand this and this in actual fact is greatly to Heath's advantage.

Both Heath and Rozzie have a collection of perhaps the best staff in the World and they attribute this to the fact that no-one is hired in the capacity of being a groom. All staff outside the office are current riders training with everything they have to be Olympians. Most week mornings start at 6am with Heath teaching one of the staff. Most weekends will find Heath and Rozzie including most of the staff scattered across Australia competing.