Rozzie Ryan

I was born in Colchester, England and began riding horses at the age of 3 at West Mersey with a wonderful teacher -  Miss Catchpole. My parents were not involved with horses initially but were very supportive and my mother particularly enjoyed the competition scene. I was lucky enough to always have great ponies and competed in everything I could get myself to -  Eventing being my first love.

On leaving school I trained and qualified as a Nurse (SRN) at the Middlesex hospital. After qualifying I was offered a fabulous riding position at Wiseland stables with Jane Houghton-Brown/Goldsmith my long time trainer and friend. It was while I was here that I met Heath, who had been training in Germany and came to the stables to do some event training. He came with me to Bramham 3DE where I was competing -  the first and last time he ever strapped! Without knowing what I was letting myself in for – I came to Australia!

When I first arrived, Heath and I worked from his parents stables in Blackhill, NSW. In 1983 Bob & Judy Mitchell started the NSW Equestrian Centre at Lochinvar and Heath and I were involved there from the beginning and I fairly quickly made the transition to Dressage after forming a partnership with the wonderful STIRLING WILTON. He was a very reluctant eventer but a fabulous dressage horse and with him I was part of the first Australian Dressage Team to travel overseas to the World Equestrian Games in Stockholm, Sweden in 1990. My other horse Statford Sigismund owned by Barry Loiterton was travelling reserve for the same team.

1995 - competed at the European Dressage Championships on Shaun France’s BARRINGTON OCK TEDI. 

 -  travelled back to Europe with Dr Margaret Evans horse EXELLENT. I was lucky enough to stay and train at Stal Bartels Academy in The Netherlands with Tineke Bartels. I returned to Europe again in 1997 with an Australian team to train firstly in Germany with Herr Herbert Rehbein and then back to Tineke Bartels.

 EXELLENT won the Pacific League World Cup Final here in Australia and we travelled to Europe once again to s’Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands but during the competition EXELLENT trod on a roofing nail in the arena, resulting in him being taken to Utrecht Vet Hospital and ending the sad day on the operating table.

I am sure this incident did not help our Olympic dreams and we narrowly missed out on selection for the Australian Olympic Team in 2000.

After EXELLENT I had two more great Grand Prix horses - Robyn Horsley's wonderful horse, ARGLEN KALEB who was sadly put down after a colic operation and Clyde Wunderwald’s GREENOAKS LEGEND whom we had to retire due to injury.

In 2006 I took over the ride of Susie Duddy’s beautiful black mare DONNA CARRERA who finished 10th in the World Cup Final in s'Hertogenbosch and subsequently was reserve horse for the Beijing Olympics in 2008. DONNA has now been sold to Sweden.

I was competing my own bay stallion JIVE MAGIC who won the Grand Prix at Sydney CDI in 2010 but he is now unfortunately retired due to injury during stallion duties. He lives on in the competition arena through his successful progeny one of which JARRAH R who I campaigned in 29 International CDI Grand Prix competitions here in Australia. Jarrah R was a legend and is now in England with my sister Charlotte still competing in Grand Prix.

I was lucky enough to have the ride on GV BULLWINKLE owned by Peter and Olivia Bunn after he finished eventing at 3* with Olivia. He turned out to be a fabulous, brave and reliable Grand Prix dressage horse culminating with him being selected as 1st reserve horse for the 2012 London Olympics. He is currently competing with his new owner YR Annie Simmons.

Presently I am riding MSJ Nemo who started his life here at Ryans as a stallion. He was imported from England, bred by the famous Mount St John Stud who also bred, Mount St John Freestyle who won an Individual Bronze Medal at the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon, USA. Today MSJ Nemo is a gelding although we do still have frozen semen in storage. MSJ Nemo is by Negro who is the sire of the double Olympic Gold Medallist, Valegro ridden by Charlotte Dujardin. Negro is also the dam sire of the current World Champion, Glamourdale. MSJ Nemo has already won Intermediate A and Intermediate B classes and we are thinking he will move up to Grand Prix this year, 2024. Just maybe, MSJ Nemo is my best horse yet!