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School news | Posted 22.05.2017

Success at the Royal Windsor Horse Show

At the Royal Windsor Horse Show 2017, the QM Riding Team were competing in the NSEA Intermediate Show Jumping Championships. The team, consisting of Anna Layfield, Ella Mae Webster, Imogen Smith and Jemima Snipe, qualified for the Intermediate (90cm) Show Jumping Championships earlier this year.

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Imogen shares her review of the weekend:
“We travelled down to the show during Leave Out weekend and had a very successful trip, finishing in 5th place out of the 23 schools competing. We were the 17th school in the ring following Eastbourne College, who jumped into the lead, finishing on four faults (one pole) out of their three counting scores. This meant we would have to jump clear or get faster times to take the lead.

First in was Anna Layfield on Derrygimbla Boy who had already jumped an excellent clear round earlier on in the Mountain and Moorland Working Hunter Class to take 2nd place. Luck was on Anna’s side as she jumped a textbook clear round managing to go through the finishing timer before the last fence fell. This tricky combination fence (12a and b) proved to be the bogey fence for the team and the rest of the riders. I was next in on my horse, Ruleta II, and I also jumped a good round incurring four faults at the last fence (12b), which I was very pleased with considering the big crowd and atmosphere. Third to go was Ella Mae Webster on Zebedee X who also had a pole at the final combination (12a) after jumping another super round. Last up was Jemima Snipe, the youngest member of the team. Jemima rode a great round on her pony, Chebsey Mint, who took a dislike to the 10th fence, this resulted in two refusals but did not reflect how the pair jumped during the rest of the round. The team finished on a total of eight faults putting us in 5th place due to time difference.

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It was an amazing experience riding at such a highly regarded show alongside the likes of Show Jumping greats such as Tim Stockdale and Scott Brash, in front of the stunning Windsor Castle. I would like to thank our parents for taking the time to drive us all down to Windsor and also the School on behalf of the team, especially Mrs Rastall for taking the time to organise this and hope it will lead to further success for the Riding Team in the future.”

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