Riders of Australia were still in huge contention for their medals halfway at the cross-country phase; however disaster hit when Sam Griffiths on the Happy Times struck first and after that Clayton redericks on the Bendigo fell and slipped, both were eliminating from the event. That put Australia with the bare minimum 3 riders for the final show jumping phase. An upset Griffiths said when he slipped that, his horse fell on the plane and lost his back end.
After that the next thing he knew that he was on the ground. He is absolutely gutted, although that is sport. The going was quite tough so he didn’t want to place big studs in. That's perhaps why he fell. Australians were unable to act to explain why Fredericks and Griffiths went to ground.