Eventing, includes three disciplines dressage, cross country and show jumping. Dressage was held on day one though unfortunately at the end of this event, Emily and Jocular Vision held last position on the CCI 4 star leader board. Though, day two saw Emily and Jocular Vision jump to first place, completing the cross country course in the fastest time and with the least penalties – well done Emily and Jocular Vision! A well designed and challenging course, the cross country event saw 11 riders eliminated from the competition. Many Olympic riders described it as the toughest cross country track they have ever come across.
An awesome ride and exciting day for Emily and horse Jocular Vision, however two riders contested their cross country rides (New Zealand’s Amanda Pottinger and Australian Hazel Shannon) which resulted in a change to the leader board. This saw Emily move from first place to third place going into show jumping on the third and final day of the competition.
Another well designed course saw all riders attract penalties as they completed their show jumping event. Emily and Jocular Vision had two rails fall in the show jumping which saw them just knocked off the final podium (by two seconds = 2points), coming home with fourth place at the end of the 2018 Aus3de.
Emily and Jocular Vision not only finished in fourth place, but were also awarded the Jubilee Cup (closest to optimum time) and finished second in the teams challenge – congratulations!
Australian rider Hazel Shannon finished in first place, New Zealand rider Amanda Pottinger finished second and third was won by a former Australian Olympic Rider (and fellow West Aussie) Sonja Johnson.
Emily also travelled and competed in the CCI 2 star event on horse, Rio Tonto and was unfortunately eliminated on day two after the Cross Country.
Congratulations to Kukerin local Emily Gray and Jocular Vision for all your efforts at this year’s event, an awesome achievement!