LOCAL Euroa equestrian, Sophia Landy has just returned from the Australian International Three Day Event, where she took out the prestigious Australian Young Rider Eventing Championship. The event is the highlight of the eventing calendar with riders travelling from around Australia and internationally.
Winning the event on an ex-racehorse, affectionately known as Hughie, Landy is known for her skill in bringing on horses and produced Hughie herself, turning him into a top level eventer.
Landy said, “He has come up through the levels remarkably quickly.
“He has only been off the track for 18 months and was the youngest off the track horse at the event.
“He is still relatively young and inexperienced in eventing. The fact that he put in such a consistent performance at such a high profile event is really exciting for his future.”
Landy’s affinity with horses started young. She had her first horse on her grandparents’ farm in south west Gippsland, broke in her first horse at age 14 and started producing horses for eventing and show jumping in her teenage years. She has been riding professionally ever since she left school.