School equestrian team retains The Peter Ebdon Trophy

06 Jun 2016

Wellingborough School NSEA  Showjumping  at Keysoe Equestrian Centre, Bedfordshire  2nd June 2016

Witham team:

Cecily Hopkins 
George Vergerson - Rowley
Harriet Anthony
Jemima Foljambe 

Class 1 - 65cm 
The team were defending The Peter Ebdon Trophy from last year, so the pressure was on! First in was George who produced a lovely clear round, followed by Cecily who also produced a foot perfect clear round on a new pony she has only had for two weeks, this being her first competition with him. Jemima completed another clear round followed by Harriet who was also on a new pony in their first competition together. They also produced a lovely clear round.  The Witham team won the competition and regained the Trophy, competing Kimbolton, Winchester House, Wellingborough, Perse, St Louis Academy and Northampton High

Individual placings

3rd Jemima Foljambe 
5th George Vergerson-Rowley
6th Cecily Hopkins 

Class 2 - 75 cm 
This was going to be a very stiff class with over 18 schools competing and 46 children competing in the class. First to go was George, who rode a lovely clear round, second to go was Harriet  who also produced very controlled clear round. Jemima did likewise, to be followed by Cecily who added a fourth clear round! The team were placed a very respectable 3rd position but just missed out on qualification for the NSEA finals as only the first two schools qualify. George Vergerson-Rowley was also presented with a very large Trophy for the rider showing the most determination in the class.

Class 3 - 85cm
Yet again a very strong class with over 20 schools competing and 59 children in the class. First in was George who had one very unlucky pole, followed by Harriet who's new pony had a little disagreement with her! Then Jemima went in and produced an amazing clear round and last to go was Cecily who, like George, had one unlucky pole down. The team were placed 7th in a large field.

A huge thank you to Wellingborough School for such a well organised and friendly event. Prizes were presented by Wellingborough Headmaster Mr Garry Bowe.

Rachel Rowley 

Witham Hall Team Manager