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A Win for Cranleigh in the KBIS National Schools Dressage Championships
KBIS were delighted to be supporting the National Schools Equestrian Association at the 2011 Championships, taking place for the second year at Addington Equestrian Centre on the 22nd & 23rd October.
With over six hundred entries there was a great atmosphere at the event with team spirits high throughout the two days of competition. KBIS were the title sponsors of the national schools dressage championships for which over fifty children qualified to compete in the individual classes, which took place on the Saturday, and over twenty teams qualifying to compete in the team championship classes, running on the Sunday.
Sadie Carrington and Lyric were the first combination to claim their Championship sash winning the Preliminary class with 67.73% for Aylesbury High. Stonar school representatives then took joint second place when sisters Sarah and Emma Pinfield both scored a very respectable 67.27%. Keeping up their strong performances the following day they went on to secure fifth place in the team Championship with teammate Olivia Souto.
In the Novice the highest percentage of the day, 73.10%, secured a win for Jessica Gale and Rebellski from St Swithuns. Jessica competes very successfully at British Dressage, this year having gained several wins at Novice and Elementary level with Rebellski as well securing second place in the Medium restricted at this years National Championships with her second horse Ultra Jazz. Another to have had a successful dressage season was second placed Alice Wotton, the sole dressage representative from Headingham School. Alice and Just Stanley did the school proud picking up second not only in the Novice but also the Elementary, when they produced two very consistent tests, which earned them 68.97% and 69.12% respectively.
Georgina Kidner made it a win for Langley, when she took the Elementary championship with 70.59% on board to The Mission, on whom she finished second in the same class in 2010. With Alice in second it left Harriet Upton to take third place with Estella on 68.53%. This combination then went on to score 70% the following day helping Farlington secure fourth place in the schools team championship.
It was Cranleigh however who shone through on Sunday, when the team, which comprised of Cranleigh’s captain of riding Tom Lane, Briony Pearson, Cloe Allison and Mads Lafrate rode to victory to take the team championship title, five points clear of second placed Gillingham.
Each team in the championships consisted of three or four team members, with two riding a preliminary level test and two to ride a novice level test. The top three percentages then went forwards to count as the team’s final score.
Second place Gillingham’s Louise Jackson scored the highest percentage of the competition with a magnificent mark of 76.54%. Queens Elizabeth Grammar were the next in the honours taking third place, while Farlington were close behind them in fourth. Three teams were then tied in fifth place including last year’s winners, Aylesbury High, who shared a final score of 21 points with Belvoir High and Stonar.
For Cranleigh, it was a great way to finish what had been a very successful season for the Surrey school having had numerous team and individual wins at regional and national level across the disciplines.
For further information on the NSEA Championship visit www.nsea.co.uk