Dressage double possible for Oatleys

Australia could have two cousins selected for the Olympic equestrian dressage team after Lyndal Oatley secured a spot on the plane for London.

Australia could have two cousins selected for the Olympic equestrian dressage team after Lyndal Oatley secured a spot on the plane for London.

Oatley and her horse, the 11-year-old stallion Sandro Boy, clinched selection by finishing fourth in the final nomination event in France.

Oatley was the highest-placed Australian after two nomination events - the other two places on the three-member team will be picked by national selectors in days to come.

"This is a fabulous dream come true and I am one happy girl. It has been a long journey to get to this point and I am thrilled to be going to my first Olympic Games," she said.

"I'm so happy with his (Sandro Boy) consistency and his performance, he performs so well under pressure and he tries with every step, he's got a great attitude and I'm thrilled with how we performed today," Lyndal said.

"I'm excited that we'll get the opportunity to compete in London," she added.

Oatley began thinking of an Olympic sporting career after watching her cousin Kristy compete in Sydney in 2000.

Kristy also rode for Australia in Beijing four years ago.

Now the possibility exists that the two could compete together in London.

Kristy Oatley had two horses in the top 12 at the Grand Prix nomination event at Compiegne and is in the mix for one of the two remaining spots on the team along with triple Olympian Mary Hanna and others.

Two further events will be held on Sunday (Australian time) - selectors will then convene to pick the final combinations for the Olympic team.