Niki Rose has watched her husband Shane dedicate the past five years to competing at the Tokyo Olympics.
The hard work paid off on Monday night, the Berry product a key member of Australia's silver-medal-winning eventing team, alongside Kevin McNab and Andrew Hoy.
It was a competition that went down to the wire, Hoy completing a penalty-free round to keep the team ahead of third-placed France.
Great Britain finished with gold.
The eight-time Olympian then returned to win bronze in the individual event, Rose placing 10th.
The team medal is Rose's third, having won silver in Athens and bronze in Rio.
Niki was in Tokyo as part of Shane and horse Virgil's support team and experienced the tension first hand.
It was a nervous evening, but the accomplished rider said her husband's medal was thoroughly deserved.
"Any time you go to a major championships and win a medal, it's special," Niki told Australian Community Media from Japan.
"Shane was certainly disappointed with his performance in Rio, he had unfinished business.
"He came to the Games wanting to deliver for the team.
"He had a fantastic horse in Virgil.
"This is probably Virgil's last Olympic Games, he's getting a bit older so it was great to get him out and show he's a star on the world stage."
Australia's run to silver was not smooth sailing, with Chris Burton ruled out of the Games three weeks before the competition.
That saw Stuart Tinney promoted to the team, the Sydney 2000 champion one of Rose's closest mates.
Tinney withdrew on vet's advice the night before the event, McNab stepping into the squad and performing superbly.
It's an experience Rose is familiar with, the Bimbadeen Park owner missing out on gold in Atlanta after his horse broke down in the lead up to the Games.
The eventing veteran felt for his friend, but was thrilled with the way McNab slotted in at the last minute.
"I've been in Stuart's situation where your horse has gone lame," Rose said.
"In 1996, my horse went lame. I wasn't selected, but I felt the world was coming down.
"Then in 2012, I had to move out of the Olympic Village when my horse went lame, so it rips your heart out being in that position.
"But we're a real team and, unfortunately, things happen.
"We all know that. Kevin's done an amazing job.
"Three weeks ago, he wasn't in the squad.
"Well, he wasn't a travelling reserve even and now to have a silver medal, he's done an amazing job.
"And Stuart's been amazing, supporting us. He's been every bit a part of this team.
"Unfortunately, he's not here with us up on stage, but he certainly is part of this team."
The couple didn't have much time to celebrate the result, the pair on a flight to Sydney on Tuesday.
From there, they will spend two weeks in hotel quarantine before they can get back to work at Bimbadeen Park.
It's a stint Niki has been apprehensive about, but a silver medal will make it all the more bearable.
"It was definitely a thought in my mind when I was leaving," Niki said.
"I knew he could go well, but imagine if they don't go well and then having to sit in a hotel room for two weeks.
"An Olympic medal will make that two weeks a little shorter."
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