Riding Success Continues for King's Pupils
Our Equestrian Centre is already a year old, and has been a popular addition to the school. Those with their own horses, and those with a livery package that enables them to care for one of our King’s horses as it they were their own, ride four to five times per week as part of an equestrian timetable.
We’ve had a busy summer ensuring everything is spic and span for the start of the Michaelmas Term. We have welcomed two new horses – Olly and Star – and have said a fond farewell to our lovable skewbald pony Topper, who despite being a bit of a rascal, has helped many of our prep and senior pupils to learn the basics and to become more proficient riders.
Our team riders have also had a busy few weeks.
Fourth Form pupils Luli Loveridge has qualified for The Pony FoxHunter Championships at The Horse of the Year Show – a tremendous achievement considering she has only had her new pony for three weeks.
New pupil Josh Cobb has already qualified for a number of events: the NSEA National One Day Event Finals at Stonar, as an individual and as part of a team; the NSEA National Finals at Addington in October; and has qualified to represent England during these championships in the Nations Cup show jumping team.
During the summer holiday, Ellie Clist, Matti Mercer and Lara Chapple went to Yorkshire to compete as part of Team South West at the British Eventing National Under 18 Youth Championships. This is a huge accomplishment with over 50 riders from the South West all attempting to qualify as part of this team and with only ten being selected. Having three King’s riders in the team was rather special.
The competition was over three days of terrible weather, with tough competition in the dressage, cross country and show jumping phases. The final day of the event brought the most pressure, with the South East being only eight points behind the South West in second place. However, the whole team jumped well despite the pressure to hold on to their lead, becoming the 2019 BCBE100 UK Under 18 National Youth Champions.
Over the weekend, Ellie Clist won the British Eventing 100 U18 in Launceston and took the win moving up six places after the dressage, being the only double clear inside the time in her class.
And finally, Lizzie Chetwode qualified for the South West Pony Club Championships 2019 held at Bicton in August. This was in the 100cm eventing class and after going into the final discipline in second position, she succeeded in climbing to first place going inside the time to be crowned the champion.
We are so incredibly proud of all our riders, whether they are competing in national events, or are just starting out, making weekly progress in their lessons. We look forward to another successful year of equestrianism at King’s.
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