British titles for Sidcot School and Kings of Wessex

PUBLISHED: 10:08 15 August 2018 | UPDATED: 10:08 15 August 2018

Kings of Wessex equestrian team,

Kings of Wessex equestrian team,

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Equestrian teams from Sidcot School and Kings of Wessex won titles at the British Showjumping Just For Schools competition.

The team winners of the British Showjumping Just For Schools 70cm final were the Sidcot Stars from Sidcot School.

It was their first time competing at the British Showjumping National Championships. “We have been a British Showjumping team for two years but we have been riding together at school for much longer,” said one team member.

Sarah Crofts, the team captain, said: “They work well as a team and they really help each other out.” The team whose horses have a combined age of 73, consisted of: Sophie Lee (aged 13) with Tubbervale Dedan (eight), Archie Stamp (12) with Domino VIII (20), Harriet Blair (11) with October (25) and Erin Crofts (14) with Out of Time (20), who Erin has only had for six weeks.

The individual winner in the 90cm Just For Schools final was 16-year-old Alice Sanderford aboard eight-year-old mare, Sandstone Scalpings, who is called Ruby for short.

The pair were part of the winning team, Kings of Wessex. “My plan for the jump-off was to go for it as I knew I had a chance of winning not only the individual but also the team.

“I trusted Ruby to go clear as she knows her job well and she can really open up when she is asked to go for it.”

The British Showjumping National Championsips was one of the main goals for 2018 as Alice is leaving Kings of Wessex which means this will be her last year competing in the Just For Schools League with her teammates.

Alice’s other team members included: Maisie Warren (14) with Dermish Duke (nine), Naomi Pollard (16) with Narrowmore Matchmaker (13) and Harriet Tutt (17) with Bill Logan (7).

Naomi, Harriet and Alice have all been riding together for years, however they have only been a team of four with Maisie for the past year as Maisie is new to Kings of Wessex.

The team made a group decision before the jump-off for the first three riders to aim for the clear round and then for the last rider (Alice) to go for time. It worked and they are delighted with their win.

For further information on the British Showjumping National Championships, please visit www.bsnationalchampionships.com

Picture: 1st Class Images.

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