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Olympian passes on knowledge to Toowoomba riders

TECHNIQUE TIPS: Former Queensland inter-school representative Amilia Schooley and Grand Exito go through their paces for seven-time Olympian Andrew Hoy at an equestrian workshop at the Toowoomba Showgrounds.
TECHNIQUE TIPS: Former Queensland inter-school representative Amilia Schooley and Grand Exito go through their paces for seven-time Olympian Andrew Hoy at an equestrian workshop at the Toowoomba Showgrounds. Kevin Farmer

EQUESTRIAN: Andrew Hoy has competed on the biggest stages international equestrian has to offer.

The seven-time Olympian and winner of three Olympic gold medals knows about pressure and what it takes to compete against the world's best but his focus is simple.

Hoy, who is based in the United Kingdom but returns to Australia regularly, was in Toowoomba to teach riders the importance of technique.

"You have to be instinctive and have a feel for riding,” Hoy said.

"But that can't be taught. You have it or you don't.

"I like to teach the importance of technique.

"If you're jumping at 1m or 1.50m the principals are the same. It's about rhythm, balance and technique.

Seven-time Olympian Andrew Hoy.
Seven-time Olympian Andrew Hoy. Kevin Farmer

"I want them (riders) to hear what I have to say, process it and then take action on that information.”

Hoy, who grew up in country New South Wales, coaches the Spanish national squad but said he had no desire to restrict who he passed his knowledge and experience onto.

"I enjoy working with people who are eager to learn and want to improve,” he said.

"I want them to enjoy the sport and be safe.

"I have been competing for 39 years, I've had my fair share of highs and lows and I need to keep training just like everyone else. I take away a lot from these experiences.”

Toowoomba Jumps Club member Shannon Schrapel said the club was delighted to host Hoy.

"He's a real gentleman of the sport. He treats everyone with respect,” she said. "It's impossible to match his experience and he loves to give back to the community and help others.”

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