Rosettes and Qualification for our Riders
Over the last couple of months our riders from King’s Hall and King’s College have been enjoying getting out onto the competition circuit again.
Despite the long break due to Covid-19 restrictions, the team has come back strong, with a number of rosettes and qualifications in the bag.
At the first National Schools’ Equestrian Association (NSEA) Arena Eventing Hickstead Qualifier at King’s Sedgemoor Equestrian Centre near Bridgwater, Third Form pupil Tilly F came first in the 70cm, qualifying as an individual rider, and the team of Tilly, Harriet W (Fourth Form) and Lizzy R (Year 6) came fifth. Third Form pupil Dandi P took fifth place in the 90cm event qualifying as an individual and in the 1metre class, and the team of Josh C (Fourth Form), older brother Sam (Upper Sixth) and Skye F (Third Form) came third, also qualifying for Hickstead.
There were a number of competitions that took place at Moreton Equestrian Centre near Dorchester. In the NSEA show jumping event, Josh took fourth place as an individual rider in the 80cm class, with the team of Josh, Harriet, Dandi and Tilly coming fourth. Dandi came fifth as an individual. In the 90cm class, there were some fast, clear rounds, and the same team took fourth again. Josh also qualified as an individual for the 80cm national finals at Addington in October, with both also teams qualifying for the national plate finals at Keysoe.
In the Arena Eventing Qualifier, Tilly took second place, with Year 6 Tabitha T coming sixth in the 70cm class, while the team of Dandi, Tilly, Tabitha and Sophie F (Fourth Form) took the top spot in the 80cm class. Tilly placed third as an individual rider, and Sophie fifth. In the 90cm class, the team of Tilly, Dandi, Sophie and Skye came second. It was a great day for King’s with all teams and Tilly and Tabitha qualifying for the prestigious NSEA national championships that take place at Hickstead over May half term.
The final competition at Moreton was the NSEA One Day Event (ODE). Josh took sixth place in the 90cm class, Sophie and Tabitha, coming second and seventh respectively in the 80cm class. All three qualified for the National Eventing finals later in the year.
At Bicton – always a popular venue – the sun shone and the team of Dandi, Tilly and Jaime took first place in the 80-85cm show jumping, qualifying for the national championships at Addington. The same team came fourth in the 90-95cm class. Tilly took second place as an individual in both the 80-85cm and 90-95cm classes, also qualifying for the championships.
Commenting, Head of Equestrian, Laura Bennett, said: “It’s fantastic to see so many of our riders doing so well. Throughout lockdown they did what they could to continue training and their hard work and dedication has clearly paid off.”
She added: “What is also wonderful to see is how mixed our teams are, consisting of pupils from across both King’s College and King’s Hall riding side by side. There’s a real sense of team spirit and I look forward to seeing more from them all as the year progresses.”
Our riding offering has been extremely popular and we are delighted to have acquired additional stabling at our Orchard Portman site. Plans are in progress to expand the provision further, with more lessons being offered across both schools.
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