Amy Graham – Australian Jumping International Rider of 2020
Above: Amy Graham and Coleraine Des Bergeries. Photo credit: Sportfot.
At the end of what has been a very difficult year, Australian Jumping is pleased to announce that our International Rider of the Year is Amy Graham! With a large team of horses, Amy has been a consistent performer, competing as much as possible on the European circuit whenever restrictions allowed this year.
Originally from the Yorke Peninsula in South Australia, Amy is one of Australia’s elite showjumpers. Amy left Australia more than 10 years ago to base herself in Europe, moving to the Netherlands to begin working with Australian showjumper Edwina Tops-Alexander. Amy spent time in Italy and Belgium before settling in France in 2013, establishing Haras du Ry in Carentan, France from where she trains riders and horses, offers stables for rent and also has accommodation for riders and tourists.
Amy has brought her FEI rider world ranking up from 1582 mid last year to 507 at the end of November 2020 – a significant achievement in anyone’s book, also making her currently Australia’s fourth ranked rider.
A highlight of her year was being part of the Australian Nations Cup team that competed in Florida in February with Coleraine Des Bergeries, where she and the rest of the Australian Jumping Team put in a brilliant performance at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington to get to the podium in third place.
Above: Australia’s 2020 Nations Cup Team. Rowan Willis, Hilary Scott, Todd Hinde (Chef), Amy Graham and Scott Keach.
Amy has had multiple placings throughout the year, having competed in Spain, France, Belgium and Portugal and in September, with the mare Calorie MH Marienshof Z, Amy won a CSI3* class at Vejer de la Frontera in Spain.
Back in April, we caught up with Amy, so find out more about this talented rider click HERE.
We wish Amy all the best for 2021 and we look forward to tomorrow announcing the 2020 Australian Jumping National Rider of the Year.