Lyndal Oatley

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Lyndal Oatley
Personal information
Birth name Lyndal Oatley
Nationality Australia
Born (1980-06-27) 27 June 1980 (age 34)
Sydney, Australia
Height 176 centimetres (69 in) (2012)
Weight 61 kilograms (134 lb) (2012)
Country Australia
Sport Equestrian
Event(s) Dressage
Club Dressage NSW

Lyndal Oatley (born 27 June 1980) is an Australian equestrian. She represented Australia at the 2012 Summer Olympics in equestrian dressage.


Oatley was born on 27 June 1980 in Sydney, Australia.[1] She attended Denman Public School before going to high school at Scone Grammar School. From 2000 to 2006, she attended Charles Sturt University where she earned a Bachelor of Business in Marketing and Business Management.[1] As of June 2012, she lives in Nottuln, Germany.[1]

Her grandfather is Robert Oatley. In the Super-Maxi Wild Oats XI, he won the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race five times.[2] Her cousin is fellow Olympian Kirsty Oatley.[1][2][3] She is married to Swedish equestrian Patrik Kittel.[1]

As of 2012, Oatley is 176 centimetres (69 in) tall and weighs 61 kilograms (134 lb).[1]


Oatley is an equestrian dressage competitor.[1] She has been coached by Patrik Kittel since 2008.[1] Her primary training base is in Nottuln, Germany.[1] She is a member of Dressage NSW.[1]

In 2010, as a member of Team Australia, Oatley finished eighth at the World Equestrian Games.[1] She finished 31st at the 2011 Aachen CDIO5 GP held in Aachen, Germany.[1] She finished 13th at the 2011 München-Riem CDI3 GP held in Munich, Germany.[1] She finished 15th at the 2011 Lingen CDI4 GP held in Lingen, Germany.[1]

Oatley finished 4th at the 2012 CDI3 Grand Prix held in Compiegne, France.[1] She finished 7th at the 2012 CDI3 Grand Prix held in Mannheim, Germany.[1] She finished 4th at the 2012 CDI-W Grand Prix Special held in Wroclaw, Poland.[1] She finished 14th at the 2012 CDI-W Grand Prix held in Wroclaw, Poland.[1] At the 2012 Compiegne Equestre, Dressage International, France, she finished third in the freestyle event.[4] In 2012, she was named the Australian Equestrian Athlete of the Year.[1]

Oatley was selected to represent Australia at the 2012 Summer Olympics in equestrian dressage.[1][2][4][5][6][7] They were her debut Games.[1] She rode Sandro Boy.[4][5][7] Her 2012 selection was subject to scrutiny following allegations by Hayley Beresford, Australia's top ranked female dressage competitor, that there was bias by Equestrian Australia in the team selection process which Beresford charactertised as "blatant bias and double standards."[2][3][8][9]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u "London 2012 - Lyndal Oatley". Australia: Australian Olympic Committee. 27 June 1980. Retrieved 2012-07-08. 
  2. ^ a b c d Samantha Lane. "Bitter bias claims embroil Olympic dressage team". Brisbane Times. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  3. ^ a b Andrew Stevenson, Louise Hall. "Not a fair crop: Olympic discard who outrode tycoon's granddaughter". Sydney, Australia: Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  4. ^ a b c "Horses Dressage team London-bound". Weekly Times Now. 20 June 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  5. ^ a b "Horses Australian equestrian teams named". Weekly Times Now. 13 June 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  6. ^ "Horses Olympic dreams hang by thread". Weekly Times Now. 11 June 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  7. ^ a b Jenny Rudall. "Australian teams selected for Olympics". Horse and Country TV. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  8. ^ "Not even a reserve spot for Beresford". Sydney: Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2012-07-15. 
  9. ^ Samantha Lane (8 July 2012). "Bitter bias claims embroil Olympic dressage team". Sydney: Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2012-07-15.