Sleepless nights in Rose household | Niki's Blog
Published 2 August 2016 (AEDT) | Author Niki Rose
So it’s 5.30am, and I am sitting in my office nursing my two-month-old daughter Zara. I am hoping and praying that her twin brother Lachlan sleeps a little longer so I actually get the chance to finish this blog! Typing while holding a baby isn’t the easiest thing to do, however if I am holding two babies it is impossible, so right this minute I am grateful that only one is awake!
My name is Niki Rose, and my husband Shane Rose is a member of the Australian Equestrian Team - Eventing, competing at the Rio Olympic Games. We live in Werombi, New South Wales. Also fast asleep right now is our four-year-old daughter Olivia, and our two-year-old son Harry.
It has been an exciting few weeks; in early July it was confirmed that Shane had been selected for the Rio Olympics. Selection came after a string of fantastic results achieved over the past couple of years.
Shortly after receiving the news of his selection, Shane and his team of horses left Australia to continue their training in the UK and attend staging camp before heading to Rio. Also travelling with Shane is our head groom Rachel Watts, who looks after the horses and always does her very best to ensure Shane is in the right place at the right time (which is not always an easy task)!
It was a sad day for me having to say goodbye to Shane, knowing that he was travelling to the other side of the world for one of the most exciting competitions of his career and that I would not be able to be there. I must admit I have a small (massive!) dose of FOMO (fear or missing out). While I would love to be there supporting him and the team in person, with four small children it is just not possible this time around.
I was lucky enough to be there to support him when he won a silver medal at the Beijing Games. However I felt completely useless when he suffered the huge disappointment of being ruled out of the London Games just prior to the start of competition when his horse suffered an injury. I had stayed at home for the London Games as I had just had our first baby, Olivia. It was really hard to see Shane on television at the press conference clearly devastated that his Olympic dream for that year was over.
As his wife, I know how hard Shane works and I can honestly say that I don’t think anyone could work harder than he does. Shane is completely dedicated to the horses, his day-to-day life is consumed by riding and training.
When he returned from London in 2012, he was determined to build a strong team of horses to have in place by the time Rio came around. He wanted to ensure he had one or more backup horses, so as not to suffer the same disappointment that he did in London when he only had the one horse available.
Those involved in equestrian sport will know how hard it is to produce a horse to Olympic level; just getting one there is a huge achievement in itself. However Shane remained determined and this year he travelled to the training camp in the UK with three talented horses. It is an amazing position to be in and a testament to his hard work that he has three horses, all capable of performing well on the world stage.
As I type this blog the eventing horses and riders are on their flight to Rio, if not already having landed, and I have everything crossed that all the horses travel well and arrive in top form. The Australian eventing team is a really strong team and if they all perform to their potential, I have no doubt that they will be standing on that podium at Rio!
While during the past couple of months I have had many sleepless nights (thanks Zara and Lachlan), I am now looking forward to more sleepless nights when I will be cheering for the Australian Team from my couch at home!
Wishing my husband Shane, and the whole Australian Team the best of luck in Rio.