Kristy Oatley

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Kristy Oatley
Kristy Oatley and Ronan 2 (2014 FEI World Equestrian Games)
Personal information
Nationality Australia
Born (1978-07-18) 18 July 1978 (age 37)
Sydney, Australia
Height 170 cm (67 in) (2012)
Weight 56 kg (123 lb) (2012)
Country Australia
Sport Equestrian
Event(s) Dressage
Club Trittau Reitverein

Kristy Oatley (born 18 July 1978) is an Australian equestrian. She represented Australia at the 2000, 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics in dressage.


Oatley was born on 18 July 1978 in Sydney, Australia.[1] She attended St James Primary School in New South Wales before going to high school at Scone Grammar School in New South Wales and St Catherines High School in Victoria.[1] She moved to Germany in 1995.[1] As of June 2012, she lives in Gronwohld, Germany.[1]

Her grandfather is Robert Oatley. In the Super-Maxi Wild Oats XI, he won the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race five times.[1][2] Her cousin is fellow Australian Olympian Lyndal Oatley.[2][3]

As of 2012, Oatley is 170 centimetres (67 in) tall and weighs 56 kilograms (123 lb).[1]


Oatley is an equestrian dressage competitor.[1] She has been coached by Sjef Janssen since 2010.[1] Her primary training base is in Hamburg, Germany with a secondary base in Erp, Netherlands.[1] She is a member of Trittau Reitverein in Germany.[1] She represented Germany at the European Young Rider competition in 1995 and 1997, where she claimed the title.[1] She became a member of the Australian national team in 1999.[1]

Oatley competed at the 2000 Summer Olympics[1][4] and at the 2008 Summer Olympics where she finished eighth.[1][4] At the 2008 Wiesbaden, she finished 1st in the Freestyle event.[1] She finished 8th at the 2012 CDI3 Star Grand Prix held in Compiegne, France.[1] She finished 7th at the 2012 CDI3 Star Grand Prix held in Saumur, France.[1] She finished 3rd at the 2012 CDI Grand Prix held in Warsaw, Poland.[1] She finished 5th at the 2012 CDI3 Star held in Stadl Paura, Austria.[1] At the 2012 Compiegne Equestre, Dressage International, France, she finished first in the freestyle event.[4]

Oatley was selected to represent Australia at the 2012 Summer Olympics in equestrian dressage.[1][3][4][5][6][7] She will ride her horse, Clive.[1][4][5][7] The Games will be her third.[4] 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] Oatley was not a member of Australia's Shadow Olympic Squad until April 2012, after the initial team was named.[2][3] During Olympic qualification, she "was granted an exemption from competing in one of the two compulsory nomination events after her horse fell ill."[2][3] A similar exemption was not granted to another Olympic hopeful.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u "London 2012 - Kristy Oatley". Australia: Australian Olympic Committee. 18 July 1978. Retrieved 2012-07-08. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Andrew Stevenson, Louise Hall. "Not a fair crop: Olympic discard who outrode tycoon's granddaughter". Sydney, Australia: Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Samantha Lane. "Bitter bias claims embroil Olympic dressage team". Brisbane Times. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "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.