Soaring temperatures at the weekend didn't prevent our Equestrian Team from competing in three separate events. On Saturday, three of our riders rode very well at a dressage qualifier at Beaver Hall. While there was no team placing this time, Francesca Rouse, one of our team, was riding her team debut, gaining experience for future competitions.
In the meantime, six riders were competing in a show jumping and dressage event at Arena UK. Two of our riders, Hannah Hardy and Jadey Elliott, were competing at NSEA on new horses for the first time. We were represented in the 70cm, 80cm, 90cm and 1m show jumping classes and rode strongly, just missing qualifying places in all classes.
In the dressage qualifier, both our riders gave strong performances but Lauren Maycock had a particularly successful event claiming the top spot and, with it, a place at the Addington national dressage final. Very well done Lauren!
On Sunday, nine Lady Manners School riders competed at the 'Jumping with Style' Nationals Qualifier. Three of these riders (Amelia Maycock, Lauren Maycock and Ailis Mactaggart) had also competed on Saturday so have had a very full weekend! Also, it was Amy Critchlow's first ride out to a national qualifier with the school team. The riders encountered some challenges during the very hot day, but amassed some creditable scores in the 70cm, 80cm, 90cm, 1m and 1.1m classes. Particular congratulations go to Jess Sutton, who rode her new horse beautifully, finishing second in the 1.1m class and qualifying for the national finals.
Well done everyone for some great performances in challenging conditions!
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