Emily makes debut at Burghley Trials
EMILY Parker was up against some of Team GB's Olympic silver medallists when she made her debut at the prestigious Burghley International Horse Trials.
And after a strong showing in the dressage competition – where she came 19th with a score of 48.2 – the Walesby-based eventer and her horse Treefers were forced to retire from the cross-country phase.
New Zealand rider Andrew Nicholson took first place at the four-star event, while Team GB hero William Fox-Pitt and Parklane Hawk were third at the famous Lincolnshire venue.
His GB team-mate Mary King was another to retire in the cross-country phase onboard Kings Temptress.
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Along with Tina Cook, Zara Phillips and Nicola Wilson, Fox-Pitt and King claimed silver last month at Greenwich Park.
Parker, pictured above, 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 had managed to compete in enough competitions to qualify for Burghley for the first time.
The 22-year-old is trained by eventing coach Caroline Moore and Olympian Ian Stark.