Cranleigh rider Josh Moore was crowned National Individual Elementary Dressage Champion at the NSEA National Schools Championships at Keysoe Equestrian Centre in Bedfordshire.
Josh also took the silver medal, and finished fourth with his second ride, in the Novice Championship, whilst another Cranleigh pupil, Lila Millard, finished eighth in the Prelim Championship. Josh was also in the English Schools Nations Cup dressage team who were victorious against the Scottish, Welsh, Irish and the United Nations teams.
Riders from schools across England, Scotland and Wales had qualified through regional competitions to contest the championship classes, both as teams and individuals, with over 40 school teams competing in the majority of classes over the four-day competition. To make the final line-up, teams or individuals had to finish in the top eight from the long list of starters.
Cranleigh School’s Head of Riding, Chris Allison, said: “Cranleigh was well represented once again but riding is a precarious sport where the merest touch of a pole can make the difference between gold and nothing. In the dressage arena less than one mark can make the difference, and once again the top six teams all finished within one per cent of each other once the scores of their three best riders had been added together. It was therefore an excellent performance by the Cranleigh team, as they finished in fifth place, just 0.64 percent behind the winning team. Plenty for the Cranleigh riders to build on as they head into winter and attempt to retain their Surrey County titles!”
Further success came in the Arena Eventing (Jumping with Style) championships, with Cranleigh’s novice team taking fifth spot, whilst their Open Team took fourth spot, within a whisper of the medal positions. Josh was also fourth individually in this Open class, whilst Lila came an impressive fourth in the Advanced Open Individual.