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Senior Stonar Inter Schools One Day Event

For the first time ever, SWGS Equestrian Club members competed on both days in every class of this event. (Dressage, Showjumping, Cross Country). Eleven girls washed, plaited and prepared their ponies/horses in readiness.

Class 1 and 2: Emma Blackburn and Jessica Partridge presented good dressage tests. Emma went on to a double clear but unfortunately Jessica did not finish the cross country.

Class 3 saw the SWGS team (Harriet Allen, Tabitha Rothwell, Rosanna Grant and Emily Kalik) and individuals Annie Fredericks and Jessica Wheeler. The team had a solid start with each girl and horse presenting a good test. In showjumping, Harriet and Emily both went clear; Rosanna unfortunately had 2 poles down and Tabby a stop. In cross country, Harriet and Emily had fantastic clear rounds making the task look easy and sailing over the finish line. Rosanna jumped well but Eddie thought he was hunting and forgot to concentrate on the course. Tabby decided that it was neither her nor Marvin's day and withdrew. Annie rode a lovely dressage test and showjump round but came unstuck across country and Jessica, who was on her new mount, did very well with only a couple of stops.

Class 4: Lily-Mae Richardson and Stephanie Sherborne competed. The dressage test was tough with a medium trot, halt and loops. Steph rode very well and gained a good score. Lily-Mae's horse had already spotted the show jumps and cross country course and she did well to contain his excitement. In the showjumping the girls jumped well and only had a stop each across country.

All girls and ponies returned home safe and sound. Miss Scaife and I very much enjoyed watching and supporting our school riders. Thank you to all parents who ferried, held, washed and got up early to bring SWGS pupils and ponies to Stonar. (Mrs Holland)

Pony Club National Intermediate Championships

Lily-Mae Richardson qualified for the Pony Club National Intermediate Championships in Show jumping and Eventing. Lilly-Mae and her pony came 10th in Show jumping and 9th in the Eventing.

Alicia Sherborne qualified for the Pony Club National Showjumping Open Championships.

Jess Wheeler came 4th at the Pony Club Eventing Championships.

National Schools Equestrian Association - South West Dressage Qualifier

On the first frosty morning in October, SWGS dressage team headed to Millfield School, Somerset for the NSEA regional qualifier. Four girls from Year 7 to 13, riding 2 Prelims and 2 Novices, made up the team. Bethany Puzio Year 7, Alice Pearse Year 10, Abi Pownall-Gray Year 11 and Tabitha Rothwell Year 12 had a very early start (as did ponies and parents!) for 9 am warm up classes. Alice and Irish Millennium went first - they presented an excellent test and were placed 1st in the Novice warm-up. Abi rode Pocahuntas beautifully and Bethany rode Brinmark Royal Windsor with a big smile in the Prelim warm-up and the girls were placed 3rd and 2nd respectively. After such a good start what more could the day bring?

Bethany our youngest rider was our first team member up and she presented an enthusiastic test earning her a place in the top third. Abi then followed and again presented a beautiful and elegant test. She won the class with an outstanding 83.18%, the highest mark of the day. Prelims over, it was now the Novices' turn to take to the arena. With precision and accuracy Alice completed her test. Tabitha rode Marvin with a strong leg and lots of impulsion; both girls finished on solid scores.

By 2.30pm we were all done and ponies were munching from hay nets. Then it was sit and wait, sit and wait and sit and wait for the other 16 teams to compete and watch the scores go up. We were in the lead by just under 1%!

At 4.50pm the event organiser called order and announced the results in reverse order. 6th Millfield A, 5th Bryanston, 4th Wells Cathedral, and 1st South Wilts Grammar School. We are now off to the National Finals on Sat 4th Dec at Addington Equestrian, Buckingham. Well done. (Mrs Holland) 

Created: Thursday, November 11, 2010 | School News Page

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