The beautiful Giselle, by Argentille Gullit, was a mare Julia established a wonderful relationship with, while they were both quite young. Their first big outing was to the one-day event at Kibah in 2002, where Giselle was entered in the Futurity.
The mare easily won that competitive class on her dressage score (72.4%), and never looked back from there. Julia entered Giselle in the inaugural Young Event Horse Challenge at Sydney Royal in 2003. The pair went up against a daunting array of professional eventers, and wound up in 3rd place overall, despite having had a spooky stop in the showjumping phase. Quite an achievement.
Giselle was purchased by Mandy Perkins, and continued to train at Copabella. She took Giselle out many times, for some significant wins at dressage (at least one score of 78%!), as well as fun days at local jump club. Sadly, Giselle passed away in July 2009. RIP