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– King's Continues to Enjoy Equestrian Success

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Riders from King's Schools have enjoyed considerable success over the last couple of months.

Our young riders from King's Hall took part in the grassroots classes at King's Sedgemoor Equestrian Centre (KSEC) recently, with teams winning the 40cm, 50cm, and 60cm classes, and gaining qualification to the Grass Roots Championships next year. This is a fantastic result for their first competition.

Competing against strong equestrian teams, including those from Millfield, Taunton, and Sidcot, there were some speedy rounds so the teams had to produce their best to win.

The 40cm team comprised of: Charlotte Ambler, Pippa Roe, Teddy Ambler and Woody Gostling.
The 50cm team consisted of: Charlotte Ambler, Frankie Rifaat-Whitehouse, Lizzie Roe and Wilf Gostling.
The 60cm team was made up of: Frankie Rifaat-Whitehouse,Lizzy Roe and Wilf Gostling.

At King's College, there have been more recent successes, with a number of riders, from Fourth Form (Year 10) to Sixth Form competing in different disciplines.

Lara Chapple, came 4th in the British Eventing Novice U18 in Dauntsey's; Lizzie Chetwode, riding fast and clear, won the 1m 10 at KSEC, placing her third in the British Show Jumping Just for Schools league table; and Ellie Clist, won the Novice Calmsden Horse Trials, and even had an article written about her in Horse and Hound magazine!

Jaime Page, alongside younger sister Dandi, and Bella Board (both King's Hall pupils), competed in the National Show Jumping Championships in Addington Manor over the half term.

In the Just for Schools event at Chard Equestrian, the team of Lara Chapple, Ellie Clist and Matti Mercer all had clears in the 1m10 class coming 2nd, 3rd and 4th respectively.

Finally, at Pontispool over the weekend, Sam Cobb won the 90cm, came 2nd in the 1m class and the King's team qualified for the National Championships in the 90cm. The team was made up of Jake and Fred Fisher and Sam and Josh Cobb, the latter having also recently enjoyed success at the NSEA National Show Jumping Finals in Buckingham.


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More information to follow, plus a gallery of images from the weekend.