Horse riders from Felsted are hoping to top last year’s success as they qualify again for the Schools National Championships in Show Jumping, following a stellar performance on Bank Holiday Monday.
Last year saw Felsted’s team of 4 come 2nd nationally in their show jumping class, following a 7 second difference between the School’s team and the overall Champions. This year, Felsted hosted their inaugural NSEA event at Norton Heath Equestrian Centre on Monday 6th May, inviting 92 riders from 16 different schools across the East of England to take part.
The Felsted riders performed exceptionally, with the School’s teams winning the 70cm class, coming 2nd in the 50cm, 3rd in the 60cm and 4th and 5th in the 80cm. Mollie Stonham, age 17 from Dunmow, and Josephine Bennett, age 17 from Great Dunmow, won the 80cm and 90cm classes respectively as individuals, therefore qualifying them for the National Championships.
The final event of the day saw two Felsted teams, a combined Senior and Preparatory team and a Senior team, enter the 90cm class, the County Qualifier for the National Championships. Both teams rode fantastically, coming out in 1st and 3rd place. Having won their class, the team has qualified to represent Essex at the National Championship Qualifiers, to be held at Addington Manor in October this year. One of the team members, , qualified to compete as an individual at the National Championships, having won her 90cm class.
Headmistress of Felsted Preparatory School, Mrs Jenny Burrett comments, “This is an outstanding achievement for our Felsted riders and we are very proud of them. We have an established riding pathway in place at Felsted to enable our boys and girls to pursue their passion for horse riding.”
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List of Felsted riders (those in bold qualified for the Nationals)
Harry Gallian, age 9 from Rayne
Harry Prideaux, age 9 from Pattiswick
Phoebe Prideaux , age 10 from Pattiswick
Natasha Worsick, age 10 from Barnston
Lulu Tritton, age 11 from Chelmsford
Ollie Stonham, age 12 from Dunmow
Felicity Coulson, age 13 from Bulmer Tye
Isabel Scott-Bowden, age 12 from Felsted
Sam Wisbey, age 13 from Saffron Walden
Alicia Wilkinson, age 17 from Colchester
Molly McGuckian, age 15 from Terling
Josephine Bennett, age 17 from Great Dunmow
Mollie Stonham, age 17 from Dunmow
Alice Taylor, age 15 from Thaxted
Eleanor Barham, age 15 from Ware
Isla Cuthbert, age 15 from Ware
Felsted is a leading independent, co-educational, boarding and day school for pupils aged 4-18, based in East Anglia.
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