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Olympic Equestrian Complex Opens

September 19, 1999

SYDNEY, Australia (AP) _ The Olympic Equestrian Center officially opened Sunday, four days ahead of its first major test event for next year’s Games.

The $24 million center at suburban Horsley Park, which will be home to 225 horses and their riders next year, will host the Sydney International three-day event from Thursday through until next Sunday.

Seven Australian equestrian riders were honored Sunday, including gold medal athletes Laurie Morgan and Neale Lavis, who rode to victory at the 1960 Rome Games, and 1996 Atlanta champions Wendy Schaeffer and Phillip Dutton.

The 200-acre venue features a combined showjumping and dressage main area with temporary seating for 20,000 people. There is permanent seating for another 2,000 spectators.

Other features include 9.5 miles of endurance roads and tracks, steeplechase and galloping tracks and a 4.6-mile cross-country course with 42 jumps.

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