Stella Horspole's strong performance at Royal Melbourne Show

YOUNG STAR: Leslie Manor's Stella Horspole, 9, took out the shetland turnout in saddle 8-10 year-old rider class at the Royal Melbourne Show. Picture: Angie Rickard

YOUNG STAR: Leslie Manor's Stella Horspole, 9, took out the shetland turnout in saddle 8-10 year-old rider class at the Royal Melbourne Show. Picture: Angie Rickard

STELLA Horspole may be just nine years old, but she is making waves in the equestrian world.

The young rider from Leslie Manor, just out of Camperdown, put in a sterling performance at the Royal Melbourne Show to win the shetland turnout 8-10 year-old rider on Thorpeville Trendy and finish runner-up in the pony turnout on Brandyhollow Candyman.

“When they called me in first place I couldn’t believe it,” Stella said.

“That’s probably one of my biggest wins so far. It felt really exciting to win a royal.”

Stella also finished fourth in her rider class, a big achievement considering the size and quality of the field she was competing in. It followed on from strong results in Syndey and Adelaide.

Fellow south-west riders Vienna Smith, Muirne Reilly, Tamara Holloway, Ashlee Carrigan Walsh also won ribbons at the show.

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