MOLLY Barry and La Muso from Kardella, took on the senior riders this year at The Melbourne International 3 Day Event.
Competing in the CCI 2 Star class Molly, 18, not only won the award for the highest placed young rider, but also placed fifth against a field of very experienced horses and riders.
La Muso, the eight year old retired racehorse, known affectionately at home, as Muso, was reunited with his previous racing trainer, Trudy Christi at this year’s event.
Trudy, previously a three star eventing rider herself, recognised Muso’s talent as a racehorse, and was delighted that he had gone on to such success to date.
After a solid performance in the dressage test, Molly and Muso cruised around the challenging almost-five-kilometre cross country course, clear of jump faults and under time.
After passing the trot up veterinary test, they then went on to add just four show jumping penalties to their final score.
The presentation ceremony was a very emotional experience for the tight knit eventing community and Molly herself, as it meant she won the inaugural Caitlyn Fischer Memorial.
The award was created to remember Caitlyn who passed away recently in a riding accident at the age of just 19.
Caitlyn’s brave parents were there to present the award and fellow competitor Will Enzinger sang Caitlyn’s favourite song in a very emotional presentation.
La Muso is now having a well-earned rest, as Molly travels overseas to work with Australian Olympian Sam Griffiths, and British rider Emily Lochore, both based in the UK.
Molly plans to return home later in the year to begin her campaign to prepare La Muso for the Australian International 3 day event in Adelaide.
Molly is working towards representing Australia on the Trans-Tasman Team against New Zealand this year, her long term goal being to represent Australia in the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Bromont, Canada.
Molly and Muso jump to it