Star team re­warded

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Gis­borne’s Cather­ine Neill has won the pres­ti­gious 83rd Gar­ry­owen Equestri­enne Turnout at the 2017 Royal Mel­bourne Show.

Rid­ing for­mer race­horse SLM Mercedes, Ms Neill said the win was un­ex­pected but very wel­come.

‘‘It is mind-blow­ing, I can’t put it into words but it’s a great hon­our,’’ Ms Neill said.

Con­ducted an­nu­ally by The Royal Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety of Vic­to­ria as part of the Horses in Ac­tion Pro­gram, 23 tal­ented riders com­peted for the pres­ti­gious hon­our, which is open to fe­male riders aged 18 years and over.

‘‘I’ve had (SLM Mercedes) for 18 months — he was ba­si­cally my dream horse and he’s been an amaz­ing horse for me,’’ Ms Neill said.

‘‘He had a good work­out this morn­ing but I couldn’t have asked any­thing more from him. He was amaz­ing.’’

Sec­ond place was awarded to Jess Stalling rid­ing DP Polo, with third place awarded to Re­becca Far­row on Stage Pres­ence.

The Gar­ry­owen, which was first held in 1934, honours Vi­o­let Mur­rell, who trag­i­cally died at age 29 while try­ing to save her three-time Royal Mel­bourne Show cham­pion sad­dle horse, Gar­ry­owen, from a sta­ble fire in 1934.

The win­ner of the Gar­ry­owen re­ceives al­most $8000 in prizes.

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