Two Brentwood Preparatory School showjumpers have rounded off an outstanding season securing a surprise gold for England in a national competition.
Nine-year-old Tia Squibb and 10-year-old Ellie Burrell snatched victory in the Under Tens team event at the English Home Pony 2016 competition held at the South View Equestrian Centre in Cheshire.
It was the fourth time Tia and Ellie had been selected by the chef d’équipe to represent England and despite fierce competition from the other home nations they won their second gold under the England flag.
Tia’s sister and fellow showjumper, Eloise, who is in Brentwood Senior School’s First Year, could not attend the event as she was competing elsewhere. She has also had a phenomenal year qualifying both her ponies for the prestigious Horse of the Year Show at the NEC in Birmingham and qualifying both ponies again for the Longines Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead. She has also qualified both her ponies on New Year's Eve to jump at the Liverpool International Horse Show in the 128cm final.
Delighted mum, Mrs Sarah Squibb, said: “We are so very proud of the girls and of what they have achieved. All the girls are very dedicated to their riding, they put a lot of hard work in and are benefitting from all that hard work with their results.
“They all work very hard at school and make sure all their homework is done as well as playing for hockey/netball teams and running. We as parents would like to thank Brentwood School and the teachers for being so supportive of the girls, some teachers even coming to watch them!”
A week earlier, Tia and Ellie represented Brentwood School at the NSEA Nations Cup in Addington, Buckinghamshire, where they competed against eight other schools and again took the gold medal!