On Sunday March 23rd we entered a team for the first Area Competition of the year.
The team consisted of four members
Under 12 Olivia Hendrie, Under 14 Ellie Hawes, Under 16 Beth Storey, and under 25 Hannah Spooner.
The team answered questions in 8 rounds. The practical round was answered individually, where a wide range of equestrian equipment had to be identified. The Grooming Clipping and Trimming round was written but in pairs according to age, all the other rounds were answered as a team.
There was a picture round, a Pony Club round, one on the stable yard and tack room, and a missing words round which was based on points of the horse and minor ailments. There was also a round on rivers, mountains and lakes in the UK and finally a round on war horses in history.
The team had attended several practices before the competition and with the scores very close were finally placed seventh. The winning team was East Essex who will now represent Area 8 at Moreton Morrell on Sunday 13th April.
My thanks to the parents for transporting our quiz team, also to everyone who donated equipment for training, and finally to the girls, for their commitment and enthusiasm.
Very well done to you all.
Assistant DC Thetford Chase.
The Thetford Chase has had a member qualify for the ‘Tet’ Championships every year for the last four, and we’d love to see more junior members taking up the Tet challenge! So here’s a bit about Tet, for those who don’t know what’s involved but may like to give it a go ….
A Tetrathlon competition consists of four elements – riding, shooting, swimming and running.
Three of our members recently took part in a Dengie Dressage Preliminary round qualifier at the College of West Anglia. Rosie Ellis and Sara Collison both rode good Novice section tests to finish 5th and 3rd respectively, earning themselves a place at the Dengie Area Novice Final Competition to be held on 15 March at Stapleford Abbots in Essex. Sara Collison and Beth Storey competed in the Intermediate section, finishing a very commendable 3rd and 4th, also securing themselves a place in the Dengie Area Open Final. Well done girls - we wish them the best of luck at the Area Final in March.