On day two of the NEXT Just for Schools Finals, it was the turn of the Herfordshire based Berkhamsted Red team to lead the way in the 1.00m Championship. Finishing the first round with a fence in hand over the second team that also originates from Berkhamstead School, it was a determined final ride for 18 year old Rebecca Taylor, who is awaiting her A-Level results, that sealed the title win. The school are returning winners from last year but it was the turn of Rebecca’s team mates Anthony Berry, Edie Mae Coles and Tamar Duncan to lift the 2019 crown. Team manager of five years Nicky Barton was “particularly pleased with the team today. Berkhamsted are an extremely active equestrian school and Rebecca has been part of the school teams since year 7. I’m thrilled that she has just made her last NEXT Just For Schools ride her first ever National win.”
The individual title came down to the wire with Somerset based Alice Sandiford riding her own Sandstone Scalpins to victory over second placed Talia Clarke and Tirnaskea Graffa Master. A Horse Care Diploma student at Bridgwater and Taunton College, Alice “knew the time previously set was beatable so had to take the risk and trust ‘Ruby’ to use her big open stride” in order to take the title. Alice now turns her attentions to the Pony Club Championships next week where she will be representing the Polden Hills branch in not just the showjumping but also the eventing finals.
It was a reverse of fortunes in the 1.10m NEXT Just For Schools Final with the Berkhamstead team taking the win from fellow students Berkhamstead Red. Three team members Jake Barton, Harriet Beeby Wynn and Taila Clarke remain from the quartet that were victorious in the 1.0m final last year and were joined by Edie Mae Coles on her father’s Shappen Pilgrim. The team consisting of fully of ponies have now been together for sometime. Team Manager Nicky Barton was “thrilled with the progression the team have made and even more so to see the riders coming up through the levels.” “ I know the school will be delighted.”
Maintaining their excellent run of form to take the NEXT Just For Schools individual 1.10m final was 15 year old Emma Woods riding her father’s 148cm JA pony Harradene Jade. Bronze Medalists for the Scottish team at the recent Home Pony International, Emma was last to go in a two person jump off with Queens College student Molly Rucklidge abroad Tullagh Rose and left nothing on the table. In her last year in ponies, Falkirk based Emma was keen to “go out there and just go for it” before she heads to the Pony Club championships next week.
The Just For Schools incentive originated in 2017 and has proved increasingly popular, organised by British Showjumping in conjunction with The Pony Club and British Riding Clubs. It allows schools and colleges across the UK to submit teams of three or four riders and individuals within a specific height category: 70cm-1.10m. Each of these height categories are underpinned by a league table to determine who makes it through to the Championships as well as there being two direct qualifiers.
For more information on Just For Schools, visit http://www.britishshowjumping.co.uk/membership/Just-for-Schools-Membership
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