Winter Novice SJ Qualifier
It was a lovely cold bright sunny morning for the Novice Show Jumping qualifier at Wix. Unfortunately we had no junior team this year.
We had four qualifying teams; the blue team of Shirley, Julia, Joe and Emma Kelly had a great day and had to compete in a very tense jump off to take the win and qualify again for the championships. The red team consisted of Emma Sayer, Danielle, Jackie and Maddie all jumped very well with Emma taking individual 2nd place. Team pink also had a great day with Joe and Pip both jumping a double clear and Sarah and Hannah just rolling a few poles. The last team was the yellow tea,m of Lisa, Becky, Jill and Abi on young and inexperienced horses had a fun day but were not in the running.
It was a tense wait at the end of the competition with a hard fought jump off but it was finally announced we were in 1st place and off to the Championships again! Well done to all who represented the club.
Winter Intermediate SJ Qualifier
We had a busy day with 15 teams and several individuals fighting it out for qualification for the Championships at Bury Farm in April.
The day started early with our 5 junior teams. The first round was close with just a fence between the top three. However, the second round mixed things up and it was Finn Valley’s team of three that finished in top spot and took the qualification place. The team of Dulcie and Tabby Wade along with Andrew James were faultless and finished on a zero score and considering the two girls were riding borrowed horses this was a fantastic achievement. Individual top placing went to Imogen Sheldrake from Beccles and Bungay.
The next qualification spot up for grabs was the senior 90cm. Again 5 teams battled things out over Sue Peasley’s technical course. Nothing much separated the teams after the first round but the introduction of the water tray in the second caused a few issues for some. After the second round it was High Fen and Brampton who were on level scores. A jump off decided the eventual winners and this time the winning team was High Fen with Brampton taking the qualification place as High Fen were only an area team. Individual top spot went to Dawn Bloyce from Brampton with Neve McElroy from Beccles and Bungay taking the qualification place. Finn Valley had two teams enetered with Jasmine Slater finishing 5th and the team 2nd (Jasmine, Jenny, Sarah and Danielle) and the otehr team of Bella, Charlotte, Sue and Chloe finishing 4th.
In the 100cm team class the scores were tight and after the first round things were close. However, it was the consistent Brampton team of three that ran away with it in the second round finishing 12f ahead of the second team place. Individual honours went to individual rider Kelly Salisbury from Worlington. The Finn Valley team of just three Pip, Cheryl and Shannon just missed out on top spot coming 2nd.
The last class of the day was the 110cm and this was more of a formality as we only had one team entered. This meant that all riders needed to complete to take the qualification place. They all did this in great style. Well done to the Area 14 team of Gerogia Catermole who took the win, Kate Arnold second, Ellie Brewer third and Nathaniel Hurst fourth.
Well done to everyone who took part and special thanks to all our helpers, judges and stewards who made the day run so smoothly!
Report by Barbara Smith