Our half-term team show jumping competition took place in the indoor school at Overa Farm on Tuesday Feb 17th. We were blessed with glorious sunshine for the day (with little or no wind for a change!), which made it all the more enjoyable for everybody and there was a really good buzz both indoors and outside. This year there were some new faces and names from all the branches. For some riders this was their first time competing in a team and they all had a really good go and did their best. There were a few eliminations, but also the chance to ride again in the 2nd round. Competitors who jumped clear in both rounds became eligible for an individual rosette depending on their time for the 2nd round *, and the best 6 in each class were awarded a rosette **. To have a look at the photographs from the day, please go to www.stmphoto.co.uk
Well done to both Rosie Ellis and Beth Storey who recently competed in the Dengie Area Dressage preliminary rounds and have both qualified for the Dengie Area 8 Finals at Brook Farm Training Centre on Sunday 29 March. Rosie riding Tom Thumb will be competing at Novice level and Beth and Eva will be competing at Open level. We wish them the best of luck.
Sara Collison and Jacquart also qualified to compete at the BD Winter Regional Championships at Addington Manor on 15 February. They achieved a very pleasing score for their Prelim 17 test, and much valuable experience was gained from the day.
Ali Pearson, our chief instructor, organised a session of mounted games at World Horse Welfare on December 22nd to make up for not being able to hold the Tinsel Ride, and although several children booked in were unable to come at the last minute because of illness, the other members turned up with their ponies for some good fun. We only had the venue for an hour but that was plenty of time as Ali was well organised and was assisted by Beth Storey and Georgia Watson, both looking very seasonal, dressed in their matching Santa coats and hats. Taking part were Charlotte and Lucy Steel, Abigail Elvidge, Amy Leigh Wing, Daisy O'Brien, Becky Sayer and Mia Fletcher, who could not bring her pony so competed on foot. The group was split into 2 teams with Beth and Georgia each keeping an eye on a team and helping out in whatever way was necessary. Another on-foot extra – Archie- somebody's brother and a very good competitor, also joined in and had a great time. Some riders had decorated themselves and their mounts with a generous show of tinsel and glitter etc, while others had completely dressed up their ponies and themselves. Great stuff all of you!