With the school year drawing to a close, this last term has been a busy one for the Equestrian Team at St Mary’s; it has been an absolute pleasure to work with such dedicated and professional young pupils. Last weekend (23rd June) we hosted our own school Horse Show; it was a busy, but successful day and we managed to run seven qualifying classes. Following on from the success of last year, we decided to run in just one arena at West Wilts Equestrian Centre. We were blessed with glorious weather and I will be forever grateful to the parents who gave up their Saturday to ensure the smooth running of the day.
St Mary's was well represented across the classes and we picked up a couple of the qualifying championship tickets that were up for grabs. Jemima was the first to get a place on the podium, picking up 2nd place in the 80/85cm Show Jumping Class. Isabella was next to take her place on the podium, this time taking top spot in the 90/95cm Show Jumping Class, Isabella won the class with over five seconds in hand over second place. The 90/95cm Show Jumping Team made up of Isabella, Lily R., Millie and Sadie also picked up a team 2nd in this class.
Isabella then continued her run of success by finishing in 2nd place in the Hickstead Elite 1m Qualifying Class, securing her ticket to Hickstead in the summer.
On to the Jumping with Style Classes, and Alice was the first to pick up a rosette for St Mary’s, finishing in 4th place with a lovely clear round on her young pony in the 80/85cm class. In the 90/95cm Jumping with Style Class, Team Blue, Lily E., Lily R. and Millie all jumped fabulous rounds to pick up 2nd place and a qualifying card for the Schools National Championships which are taking place this October. Lily R. also finished in Individual 4th place. Alice also added another ribbon to her collection, jumping another double clear, finishing in individual 5th place. Well done to Iris and Maddie who also rode beautifully in their respective classes.
Some of the girls headed off to Broadway on Sunday 24th June for the NSEA One Day Event; it was a lovely day with the girls just finishing out of the team placings. Lily R. put in a fabulous performance, jumping a beautiful double clear to finish on her dressage score for 3rd place and picking up an Eventing National Championship Qualification.
It was a busy weekend, which, without the help of so many people, would not have been possible. We have a few competitions taking place over the summer holidays and I look forward to seeing everyone back in September for another successful year.
Miss Kerry Emms, Equestrian Co-ordinator