New horses all round!
The DH Equestrian team took part in the Qualifiers for the National Schools’ Equestrian Association Inter-Schools Dressage and Show Jumping Championships held at the Berkshire College of Agriculture.
The event gave all four members of the team the first opportunity of this season to compete riding their new horses, marking the beginning of potentially successful future partnerships.
Downe House Equestrian Coordinator, Clare Chamberlayne reports on the event,
“We were delighted to welcome two new partnerships to the School Equestrian team, Millie and her horse, Dink together with Holly and her horse, Genesis. Both girls rode beautifully in the 80cm class with skill and maturity to produce two fluent, rhythmical clear rounds. As both girls were competing with their respective mounts for the first time, neither wanted to make tight turns or push for the turns in the jump-off, with the result that both girls were relatively slow. Whilst this meant that the girls were placed 37th and 42nd, this represented a promising achievement in such a large class of over 70 entries and both girls should be proud of themselves.
Once again, all three girls in the 90cm class were new to their horses – Holly and Millie rode well and learned a lot about their mounts in the process. Lucy rode a positive mature round on Imp, who used to belong to her sister. They were extremely unlucky to just catch the third fence which prevented them from achieving the much-needed clear round.
Lucy then rode Imp much the best she has ever ridden in their first 1 metre class together, and they produced a very encouraging clear round finishing in the top 15. Out of the 50 entries in this class, this was a significant achievement.
Millie did the Prelim 14 and in only her second test with Dink, she rode skillfully to produce an improved relaxed test with just a couple of errors for a highly competitive 67.48%, for 9th place.
There were a lot of entries in all the classes making this event a highly competitive competition. The girls all rode well and learnt a considerable amount about their new mounts showing great potential for the forthcoming competitive season.”
The Equestrian team is one of a wide variety of co-curricular activities available at Downe House.