Gray a shining light with Jocular Vision
Horses, riders and support crew made the annual trip across the Nullarbor to Adelaide to compete in the prestigious Mitsubishi Motors Australian International (AUS3DE).
Among those riders to make the trip on November 15 was Dryandra Equestrian Club’s Emily Gray.
There are only six events at this Olympic level in the world and, of these six, the AUS3DE is the only one held in the Southern Hemisphere and is used by Australians to qualify for Olympic Games selection.
Eventing includes three disciplines: dressage, cross-country and show jumping. Dressage was held on day one, and at the end of this phase, Gray and horse Jocular Vision held last position on the CCI 4 star leader board.
Day two, however, saw Gray and Jocular Vision jump to first place, completing the cross-country course in the fastest time and with the least penalties.
The challenging cross-country course saw 11 riders eliminated from the competition.
Two riders had their cross-country penalties overturned, which resulted in a change to the leader board and Gray moved into third place going into the showjumping on the third and final day of the competition.
Gray and Jocular Vision had two rails fall in the showjumping which saw them just knocked off the final podium (by two seconds = 2 points), coming home with fourth place at the end of the 2018 AUS3DE.
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