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Summer of Success for King's Riders

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As always, the summer holiday proves to be a busy and successful period for our riders, with many competing at a number of high-level equestrian competitions.

This summer has been particularly kind to Fourth Form pupil Luli Loveridge, who enjoyed competing as an individual at a number of international showjumping competitions.

She represented England at the Welsh and Irish Home Pony Internationals, winning gold on both occasions. She also reached the third round of the HOYS (Horse Show of the Year) qualifier, recording an impressive 1m 35 jump on her 13.2 pony, Arrowhead Quiver.

In addition to this, she also won gold at the National Showjumping finals, which placed her at the top of the league chart. Looking forward, Luli will be competing at HOYS this October and hopes to represent England once again at the English Internationals.

It has also been a promising year for Sam Cobb, who has celebrated a number of sporting achievements over recent months.

The Fifth Form pupil enjoyed considerable success over the summer, becoming a National Qualifier for the Areas 15 Pony Club.

In eventing, he won individually and even qualified for the Pony Club Championships. He also came second individually in the event’s showjumping competition, and again qualified for the championships.

Meanwhile, at the Gatcombe Pony Club Showjumping Championships, he placed second, rounding off what proved to be a very fruitful summer.

Upper Sixth pupil Eliza Chapple has also been making hurdles this year. She recently competed at Millstreet International in the CIC1star, where she enjoyed riding her new horse, Kaapachino.

Commenting on the event, Eliza said: “I was delighted with his dressage, which left him lying 3rd in a high class international field. However, despite jumping well, he received a disappointing 3 in the showjumping.”

“On the final day though, he performed really well and jumped an easy clear cross country around the same course that was built for the European championships last year, so overall I was very pleased with his performance, especially as we are a new partnership.”

Our pupils’ success comes at a very exciting time for the school, as we have recently opened the doors to our latest sporting provision, the King’s Schools Equestrian Centre.

The Centre is a self-contained private yard consisting of eight stables, a tack room, feed and store area, indoor and outdoor tie up and wash areas, and changing facilities. Located within Netherclay Livery Centre, just five minutes’ drive from the King’s College, and ten minutes from King’s Hall, pupils have access to two outdoor arenas, a cross-country course, grazing and off-road hacking.

We are proud to offer pupils access to a range of livery options, ranging from full livery through to weekly riding lessons. For further details, please click here:

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