YOUNG eventing rider Molly Barry has earned selection in the Elite Young Rider Squad and will compete at the Melbourne International Three Day event with not one, but two qualified horses.
Molly, 17, from Kardella, has been selected as one of only four riders in Victoria to make it onto the Equestrian Victoria Eventing Squad for young riders.
Molly and her most experienced horse Just Joshen were selected recently after meeting qualification criteria at last year’s Melbourne International Three Day event in June.
Molly and Josh placed fifth in the 1 Star Event amongst some of the top up and coming young Eventing riders in Australia.
‘Josh’ has now successfully moved up to 2 Star level and recently placed sixth at the Heytsbury Horse trials.
Molly’s long term goal is to ride Josh at 2 Star level at the Australian International Championships in Adelaide.
However, he will compete at the Melbourne three day again this year for Molly’s last year as a junior.
She also plans to continue re-training race horses for the sport of eventing of which she currently owns two in partnership with her mum.
Off the track thoroughbred La Muso is currently at 1 Star level and Molly will enter the seven year old gelding in The CCI 1 Star Melbourne International three-day event this year for the first time.
Muso, as he is known at home, has been owned by Molly for two years now and she has brought him up the levels with help from her long term and very dedicated coach Bev Shandley.
Molly’s second Thoroughbred is an imported horse from New Zealand who was sired by champion Irish racehorse ‘Street Cry’.
Shin Akuma (Japanese for Street Fighter) was trained and raced previously under Mick Kent from Cranbourne and seems to be enjoying the new found sport of Eventing.
He has progressed up through the levels and is competing at Pre-novice level.
Molly is currently doing Year 12 and hopes to ride professionally next year as part of her gap year before going on to university to study to become a doctor.
The Melbourne International three-day event is held at Werribee Park mansion on the long weekend in June.
It is a fantastic weekend for spectators and brought in crowds of more than 7000 last year.