Second place thrills

By Country News

Northern Victorian riders have left their mark on an international equestrian competition, with Shepparton’s Emily Cuthbert taking out second place in her event.

The Melbourne International 3 Day Event, held in Werribee from June 7 to 11, saw hundreds of competitors from across Australia and overseas compete across dressage, cross country and show jumping stages.

For 17-year-old Emily Cuthbert it was the largest event she’d ever competed at, leaving her thrilled to have secured second place in CCIJ event judging across all three disciplines.

‘‘Because it was my first one (of this size) I was just expecting to get around it and I was so happy with the result,’’ she said.

It was the culmination of many months of work for Emily and her 16-year-old horse Kirby Park Irish Tom.

‘‘I compete nearly every weekend when the season’s on, to qualify for events like this,’’ she said.

‘‘I’ve been riding ever since I could walk, pretty much. I’ve had ponies since I was tiny and started riding, it’s been pretty much forever.’’

Swanpool’s Asha Warnock took out eighth place in the CCI event on her horse Lane End Bond, while Echuca’s Lincoln Spiers and Shepparton’s Nicole Cahill also recorded good results in their CCI event.

Sophia Landy from Euroa finished 15th in her dressage event.