With silver and bronze Olympic medals already in his collection, Shane Rose has one goal in mind for the Tokyo Games.
Complete the set and win gold.
It's an achievement that will not come easy, the elite levels of the equestrian world dominated by France and Germany in the past 20 years, but with a talented team around him, the Berry product is confident Australia can take out the eventing competition.
"It certainly would be very pleasant to add gold to the collection," Rose said.
"That's what we're aiming for, so we'll see how we go.
"We're good enough to win, we've got a really good team and are looking forward to getting over there."
Rose will be joined in Tokyo by Rio teammate Chris Burton and Olympic veteran Andrew Hoy. Remarkably, 62-year-old Hoy will compete in a record eighth Games in Tokyo.
While he has his sights set on victory, Rose is focused on preparing himself, and his horse, as best he can between now and the competition's start on Friday July 30.
The 48-year-old knows as well as anyone what can go wrong in the month leading into a major competition.
Rose was originally part of the team in Atlanta that went on to win gold, the athlete forced to withdraw from the Games after his horse Mr Joe Cool broke down upon arrival in the US.
History would repeat in the lead up to London, his Olympic dream dashed just days before the event started.
Equestrian is one sport that enables athletes to continue competing well past what would be considered an athlete's prime in other events.
For Rose, however, the experiences in 1996 and 2012 are a regular reminder of the importance of making the most of opportunities to succeed when they do arise.
"It's certainly a sport that if you stay mentally and physically fit, you've got a long career. We're very fortunate that it's not like swimming or those other sports where you only get a shorter window.
"At the same time, you don't get many opportunities to represent your country, especially at an Olympic Games. I'm looking forward to the opportunity and will try take it with both hands."
Eventing is unique in the way individual and team events are run concurrently, all athletes completing the dressage, cross country and jumping disciplines to determine the team medalists.
From there, the top 25 ranked athletes complete a second round of jumping to establish the individual champion.
Rose would love to medal in both events, however his primary focus is on doing his best for the team and hoping individual success follows.
"You look at your own performance, the best individual performance I can produce is going to be the best performance for the team.
"There will be tactics that come into it and I may have to ride differently than I would if I was only riding individually.
"The first objective is to win team gold and then hopefully I get an opportunity to jump after that for the individual medals."
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