Equestrian team go from strength to strength!
29 Feb 2016
Bloxham School Invitational Grand Final at Aston Le Walls
This was a wonderful end to the Bloxham Eventer Challenge series: with 23 competitors from the 7 schools qualifying for the final; the Witham Hall team came runner-up to Beachborough in the 65cm class by a tiny margin of just 2 points, and 4th in the 80cm; with plenty of individual places won by Witham pupils in 65cm, and one in the 80cm class. So much fun for our brilliant school Equestrian team, who were so professional and well-prepared.
65cm Eventer Challenge Final
Our 65cm team consisted of Jemima Foljambe on Kitty, Sienna de Gale on her 1st pony Lunarbug and 2nd pony Ben, Cecily Hopkins on Jake Pepper, George Rowley on Shaney and Harriet Anthony on Jammy Dodger. They all rode pretty much foot-perfect rounds, with Sienna on Lunarbug and Cecily having one down in the show jumping, but all the others riding perfect clear rounds. There was an undisclosed optimum time of 2min 30sec, which made it tricky if you went too fast or too slow as you got faults for both.
Individual placing for the 65cm class saw most of our Witham Team placed in the top ten!
George was placed 3rd on Shaney
Sienna came 5th on Ben
Jemima came 7th on Kitty
Harriet came 9th Jammy Dodger
Sienna came 10th on Lunarbug
The individual rider league prizes for the series of 6 competitions were presented by Mr Paul Saunderson Headmaster of Bloxham School.
Sienna was placed 5th on Ben/Dennis (her old pony)
George Rowley was 7th
Sienna also came 8th, on Lunarbug.
Pre-Intro 80cm Eventer Challenge Final
The team for the Pre-Intro Final consisted of Cecily Hopkins on Jake Pepper, Harriet Anthony on Jammy Dodger and George Rowley on Shaney. They all did really well over the higher more complicated course, and although they hadn't gained many points through the season and Witham was the only team of three members whereas the other schools had at least four, they still managed a very respectable 4th place as a school, with Bloxham winning, Beachborough 2nd and Kings 3rd.
Cecily was the only Witham Hall pupil to be placed in the league tables for 80cm (she had won her previous outing at her first go at the 80cm class!) coming 9th in the individual 80cm league table. Again the 80cm prizes were presented by Headmaster of Bloxham School, Mr Paul Saunderson.
Well done Witham - another successful Equestrian day for our very focused pupils. You should all be very proud of yourselves and your ponies: all your hard work and determination has certainly been rewarded.
NSEA Arena Eventing 28th Feb 16 The College Equestrian Centre Bedfordshire
The Witham Hall team:
Harriett Anthony on Jammy Dodger
Cecily Hopkins on Jake Pepper
Jemma Foljambe on Ruthstown
Kitty and George Vergerson-Rowley on Shaney
They competed in two classes at the NSEA Schools Arena Eventing competition.
Witham win 70cm class!
The first was the 70cm, in which there were 30 competitors, representing 11 schools. The Witham Hall Team were faultless in this first class with all four team members having four perfect double clears across both the show jumping and the cross country element.
They were the youngest team competing and were the only team to achieve zero penalties thus winning the class. Kimbolton 2nd, Bedford Girls 3rd, Bourne Grammar 4th.
George also achieved an individual 6th place.
Witham 4th in 80cm class!
The 80cm was a bit more challenging both in height and course design. 40 competitors competed from 14 schools and Jemima Foljambe, jumping her first 80cm course, managed a lovely double clear but unfortunately the others each had a few faults. However everyone seemed to be struggling and as a result Witham Hall still managed a respectable team 4th Place; 1st went to Uppingham, 2nd Bedford Girls, 3rd Kimbolton.
This was an amazing result from such a young team all of whom showed great team spirit well done.
Our thanks go to Sasha De Gale for running the Equestrian team this season. She has now handed the reins over to Rachel Rowley, who would very much like to keep the equestrian team up and running. Please get in touch if you are interested in joining our riders.
Over the past few months the team has gained a great deal of self-confidence, not just in their riding but in themselves. The children have all worked really hard with both dedication and determination, developing good friendships across the years and an amazing team spirit.