The Equestrian team had a fabulous time at the Championships in August and represented the school admirably!
This was the first British Show jumping Championships for Emilia, Hattie, Grace, Lulu and Ferris and required an overnight stay with their ponies to ensure they were there bright and early for their classes at 8.30am. They walked the course of 11 jumps which were up to height and 'dressed' but the children showed no signs of nerves, only excitement!
In the first class, the team were 1 of only 2 schools where all riders jumped 'clear' which meant there would need to be a jump off against the clock for first place. They did really well to have no faults and get through to the jump-off; the excitement was electric!
Some more clear rounds, tight turns, cut- throughs and some really brave riding resulted in 2nd place for our school. From a national round of qualifying competitions, the equestrian team were delighted to have reached the championships and over the moon to have achieved a place at the finals!
In the team's second class the competition was tough. An unfortunate pole falling in the first round meant that they weren't in the jump off this time, but more brave riding and speedy rounds resulted in the team gaining 5th place and an individual 9th place for Ferris.
Everyone had such fun and the school is very proud of the children (and ponies!).
The team is now back in training and already competing to gain a place at next year's championships. Two new members have joined the team to replace Grace and Emilia who have moved schools.