The highlight of the Easter break for Westonbirt’s equestrian team was the Bury Farm County Championships.
Hannah and her pony Little Boots competed individually on Wednesday and Thursday. She rode the first round perfectly without Boots touching a pole and in good time taking her through to the second round with zero penalties. To be in with a chance of getting placed, Hannah had to take some risks, taking every turn as tightly as possible which unfortunately resulted in a refusal. With huge disappointment, she was not placed but came away knowing she had given it her absolute best!
Friday started bright and early with the 95cm County Championship. Westonbirt was drawn 12th to jump out of 26 Teams from all over the country. First up for Westonbirt was Ava who jumped a clear run on Fredi. Amelia and George were up next and also jumped a lovely clear run. Maddie and Indi also kept their cool to finish clear. Westonbirt's final rider was Isny with her lovely young pony Jackson. Isny was not going to let the team down and also finished clear leaving Westonbirt with a score of zero to take forward into the second round.
The day was getting hotter by the hour and the second round was in the Indoor Arena. Ava was first to go for Westonbirt with Ferdi and they jumped the first half of the course clear then had a very unlucky run on the first fence in the jump-off but kept calm and finished with just the one fault.
Amelia and George went in looking very confident and produced a very smart and quick clear run. Maddie and Indi also rode a clear round. This left Isny and Jackson with a huge amount of pressure to have a clear run. Unfortunately, Jackson showed his inexperience in the Indoor Arena but Isny rode with determination and finished with just three down.
After two rounds, Westonbirt finished with a total score of 4.
Westonbirt had to wait until the final 14 teams had jumped before finding out where they had placed.
The announcements were made in reverse order from 8th to 1st - and Westonbirt School was first! The team had done it becoming County Champions and winning wonderful equine America rug sashes and a bucket full of goodies.
In addition to the wonderful team win, Maddie and Indi came 4th in the individual placing.
After a quick photo shoot, it was full steam ahead for the 100cm competition. Again all the girls did Westonbirt proud finishing 6th. At the end of the day, all the girls and their equine partners were exhausted but they all had huge smiles on their faces. It was a fantastic achievement just to qualify and everyone at Westonbirt is very proud of our team and their achievements.
In other equestrian news, Ariella and Panda competed in her first one-day event of the season competing for Westonbirt in the newly formed Schools Equestrian Games. Panda did her best dressage to date but unfortunately took 4 faults in the show jumping so finished 9th just out of the qualifying places for the championships.
Isny, in addition to the successes at Bury Farm, came ninth on her young pony, Shadow Boy, at the Portman BE. She also had an amazing time at Weston Park GB Pony Trial; only 22 out of the initial 40 starters completed the event and Isny did very well coming 6th on Wilderwood Storm.
Amelia also continues with her fantastic progress competing in British Eventing with her new horse Jennie and has been competing well at a very high level.
A big thank you must go to all of Westonbirt's supporters and last but not least Westonbirt Equestrian Team sponsor Jo Hansford Photography.