Rob and Mary Hanna are luminaries of the equestrian world.
Rob Hanna was for many years the manager (chef d’équipe) of the Australian national equestrian team. Rob is himself a former competitive rider, but his wife Mary is a world-class athlete.
Mary Sutherland Hanna competed in five Olympic Games, most recently in 2016. Born in Melbourne in 1954, Mary started riding horses when she was two years old, and she’s still riding competitively! Currently ranked 86th in the world (as of 2020) in dressage, she likely has the longest ongoing career of any Australian equestrian (as well as being Australia’s oldest competing Olympian). In 2018, she was inducted into the Equestrian Victoria Hall of Fame.
Mary’s Olympic Games and ranking
- 2016: 9th (team), 39th (individual)
- 2012: 9th (team), 43rd (individual)
- 2004: 39th (individual)
- 2000: 6th (team), 34th (individual)
- 1996: 24th (individual)
Up until 2020, Rob and Mary ran a breeding and training center in Victoria, Australia. They recently sold the 60 acre property to be closer to family.
- Fédération Equestre Internationale website, Mary Hanna member page (retrieved 27 Oct, 2020)
- Australian Olympic Team website, Mary Hanna page (retrieved 27 Oct, 2020)
- Rudall, Jenny, “Australian teams selected for Olympics”, article from Horse and Country News, 20 June, 2012
- Statene Park Dressage Centre “About Us” page (retrieved 27 Oct, 2020)
- Mayne, Nicole, “Melbourne buyers beat overseas interest to purchase Olympian Mary Hanna’s Bellarine property”, Geelong Advertiser, 4 Mar, 2020