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NSEA Inter Schools Show Jumping

posted 10 Dec 2015, 07:33 by
What a busy two weeks our Show Jumping teams have had.  All the Grass Roots riders have been trying to qualify both as a team and individuals, for the NSEA Grass Root Regional Championship. In September, Holly Gregory had borrowed a pony and qualified as an individual at 60cm at the first show of the term and Alfie Bennett and his pony Mickey jumped in October and qualified at 70cm. 

On the 28 November we went to Norton Heath to try and qualify more of our wonderful riders both teams and as individuals for this Championship to be held on 6 December at Norton Heath.  The first team of Acacia Coombes with her pony Spiderman, Holly Gregory with her new pony Rio and me with Greenfinch’s Freddy Fly jumped at 60cm. The team hit a few poles but still managed a 3rd place overall which meant we had qualified. The three of us, with the addition of Eloise Hughes and her horse Millie then competed at the 70cm and had a much better round coming 4th with no faults but just needed to go a little faster to come higher up the class but again qualified for the championships as the first six teams go forward. Our other team which jumped 80cm consisted of Georgina Green and Clipper, my sister, Beth Mason with Greenfinch’s Juno, Lucy Hinde with her coloured pony Mollie and Eloise again jumped  another fantastic clear round to come home with a 4th position losing out just on time, sadly this was not a qualification class as Grass Roots only go up to 75cm. 

So this weekend we all went to the Grass Roots Championships. It was a nerve wracking day with some of us feeling quite nervous. The 60cm team went first with Spiderman and Rio jumping lovely but unfortunately Freddy didn’t want to play and decided he wanted to go home after fence 4 with me dismounting rather quickly which meant we were not placed. At 70cm, Acacia, Holly, Eloise and myself, were the first team to jump in the class with 11 teams competing for the Championship, the team had a super round and ended up on a zero score and a combined time of 71 seconds, we then had to wait for all the other teams and individuals to go before we knew the results. Alfie jumped his pony Mickey as an individual in this class, going quite fast but was unfortunate not to be placed. 

After what seemed ages the results were in, there were only two teams that had gone clear............... and yes Tendring Technology College were called in, in 1st place, we had won!


Bring on 2016!!! 

Chloe Mason, Year 8