Blundell back in the saddle

Yass woman Natalie Blundell is as motivated as ever, and her recent trip to South Australia backs that up.

After missing selection for the 2012 London Olympics, the equestrian competitor has remained hungry, riding her beloved horse, Algebra.

She recently travelled inter-state and participated in Adelaide’s International 3 Day Event.

The competition is one of the biggest tournaments outside of the Olympic Games and the World Equestrian Games and Blundell placed second.

“I was thrilled with that result,” she told the Tribune.

“Last year I was fourth, the year before that I was eighth, so I’m definitely improving. It was also a small consolation for missing selection for London.”

The result should guarantee Blundell stays in the Elite Squad, a team of the best showjumpers in Australia.

It also means she will remain in contention for selection at the 2014 Equestrian World Championships in France.

“That’s the goal at the moment, make it to worlds,” she said.

“Algebra is going great and I think I’m a good chance.”

The three day-event, involved dressage on the Friday, cross country on the Saturday and showjumping wrapped things up on Sunday.

Blundell was one of only two competitors to complete a clean cross country leg. It continues to be her favoured part of the competition.

Blundell was also accompanied by Elena Nuila, from Utah in the United States of America.

“She comes once a year to this competition, she’s great. She helps get Algebra groomed and ready and in perfect shape for the event.”

Algebra’s owners have also moved from Queanbeyan to the Lachlan Valley Way to be closer to the horse. However, Blundell will continue to train Algebra at her own property. 

Natalie Blundell competing in Adelaide recently. Photo: Julia McLean.

Natalie Blundell competing in Adelaide recently. Photo: Julia McLean.