South Molton’s Show Jumping and Eventing Team have been working hard over winter to train and ready their horses for the upcoming season.
Grace Sinclair (Year 7) arranged several schooling sessions with her two horses and then competed at Mullacott on the 30th December, winning the 90cm and the 1m and coming 2nd in the 95cm on Dottie. Grace also took Merlin and Dottie to King Sedgemoor Equestrian Centre on the 2nd January and went clear in the 90cm-1m class.
Keely Ball (Year 7) had lessons with Erica Alden and Andrew Lovell over the Christmas break on her 15.2 10 year old, Diesel, working on maintaining control whilst jumping as well as practising her flatwork.
Molly Matthews (Year 7) also competed at Mullcott on the 30th coming 1st in the 80, 2nd in the 85cm and clear in the 90. Her horse, Dollar, performed really well.
Izzy Beard (year 11) competed at Coddem Equestrian Centre in the 75cm pairs, claiming 1st place (even with 4 seconds added for a pole!). In the 80 Dury had one pole down but in the 85 the pair went clear to qualify for Cricklands and came 6th overall. Izzy also used some of her free time during the holidays to school Dury over some cross-country fences with Tim Cheffings. They worked on skinnies in the indoor arena.
Izzy with Dury
Lily Cronk (Year 7) also worked in the indoor XC with Tim Cheffings. Lily rode Olly her 13.2 11yr old – Lily loved jumping though the owl hole as this was the first time Olly had done it!
Anna Drury (Year 7) competed at the West Country Equine Fair in Exeter in their Pony Club Horse & Hound Show Jumping Challenge. Christie, Anna’s 21yr old mare got through to the 4th round! Anna also took her pony Tazz for a lesson with Tim Cheffings and confidently jumped a 90cm course on her 13.2, Tazz.
We are all really proud of the Show Jumping and Eventing Team for training so hard over winter – and for having so much fun with their horses and ponies!
We are really looking forward to hearing about their future successes in the New Year!