Emily Parker to take on Olympic silver medalists at Burghley International Horse Trials
County rider Emily Parker is preparing to take on Team GB's Olympic silver medalists when she makes her debut at the Burghley International Horse Trials.
The four-star event will also see the Walesby-based eventer take on the Olympic champions, with members of the gold medal winning German team also due to compete at the famous Lincolnshire venue.
Parker (right) got her season off to a good start at the Lincolnshire Horse Trials in March with two superb wins.
Despite a difficult season for the sport of eventing with many cancellations due to the wet weather, she has managed to fit in a good number of competitions to qualify for the four star Burghley event for the first time.
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Emily is trained by eventing coach Caroline Moore and Olympian Ian Stark. She is currently preparing for Burghley with Stark up in the Scottish Borders.
Emily and her horse Treefers, former Young Rider (U21) European Champions, already have three gold medals to their names.
Having watched all the excitement at the Olympics, Emily, who is on the World Class Start Programme, has her sights set on Rio 2016.
But first she will head to Burghley, where she hopes to show herself and Treefers at their best.
Meanwile, Tealby star Gina Ruck has returned from Sweden following a tough time at the European Under-21 Championships.
The three-day event rider was part of the Great Britain Under-21 team selected to take on the best of Europe's young equestrians.
The event began well for Ruck, with her horse Viper Priba, securing the highest marks of all the GB team in the dressage event.
However, things began to go down hill with Viper Priba performing below expectations in the cross country and show jumping disciplines.
"The dressage went really well, he was superb," explained Ruck. "But as soon as I was riding him for the show jumping I could tell he was not up for it. He just came out that day and did not perform, which is unusual because prior to that he probably had one pole down all season.
"We think he probably had some sort of virus, but he was certainly under the weather. But the GB team were a bit off the pace and we did not do very well. We failed to make the top three."
The 19-year-old will be in action again at a three-star event at Blenheim International Horse Trials in September.
"This will be the next big event for my other horse Rehy Too," she added.
"He's another good horse and I am confident he'll go well."