Show Jumpers off to a Flying Start
Prep and Senior riders qualify for National Schools Equestrian Association Championships
Our Prep and Senior School show jumpers have got off to a flying start this term, with a trio of top results at the recent National Schools Equestrian Association (NSEA) Qualifier at Bury Farm, Bucks. Fifteen-year-old Daisy McKinlay (Fifth Form) won the 1m class and finished runner-up in the 1.10m to qualify for the NSEA Championships in Addington, Bucks, at half term. Meanwhile, in the Grassroots competition, 12-year-old Claudia Robinson (First Form) and her younger sister, 9-year-old Lola (Prep, Year 5), both jumped superbly to go through to the Regional Championships at Bury Farm in November.
Their success comes hot on the hooves of some other notable equestrian achievements. Eleven-year-old Poppy Proietti (First Form), this month competed in the Sunshine Tour Championships at Hickstead – and won her first class in the world famous Sussex arena. Poppy and her pony, Pebbly Toybox (Fudge), jumped a fast clear to claim victory in the 70-75cm class, and went on to finish 3rd in the Supreme Small Tour Championship – a single timed round for the top five from both the 65cm and the 70cm classes, from a total of 114 competitors. Poppy said: “I was so excited to have the opportunity to ride at Hickstead and Fudge jumped his heart out.”
Mention must also be made of 14-year-old Katherine Watson (Fourth Form), who this summer qualified for the National SEIB Arena Eventing Championships in Leicestershire, while 15-year-old Sophia Farrington (Fifth Form) was invited to a British Eventing under 18 training camp. Sophia was subsequently selected to represent the Eastern region at the National U18 Championships at Frickley Park, Yorkshire, where an impressive team performance led to the Eastern team becoming national champions for the first time.
Sophia said: “Without the School’s support, enabling me to fit in training for the eventing season, I would not have had this opportunity. Luckily all the excitement has come to an end just before the start of this important school year, so I can focus on my GCSEs!”
Congratulations to all of our riders; watch this space for updates throughout the term.