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Abbey Gate College students celebrate equestrian achievements

Excellent performances in the National Schools Equestrian Championships by youngsters from Aldford school

Abbey Gate College Equestrian Team at the National Schools Equestrian Championships

Students from a Chester school are riding tall in the saddle and jumping for joy following a high-flying performance at the National Schools Equestrian Championships.

The Abbey Gate College Equestrian Team were represented in dressage and show jumping, putting in some excellent performances

As a result the novice showjumping team - consisting of Ellie Studley, Jess Keech, Red and Goldie Morgan - are the Reserve National Champions for 2015 - narrowly missing the title by less than one second.

In dressage, the team of Anna Holden, Ellie Studley and Mary and Rory Goodridge were placed ninth nationally and Ellie, with her pony Mr Bubbles, was placed fifth individually on the day.

Anna Holden contested the individual competition at prelim dressage and finished ninth, just missing out on the ribbons.

Abbey Gate College sixth form student Ben Read

In addition to this sixth form student Ben Read competed at two major equine competitions at the end of the summer in which he came out of both with superb results.

His first competition was the National Hunter Trial Finals at Eland Lodge where, in the open class, Ben achieved individual fourth out of 41 finalists from all over the country.

Last weekend, Ben competed at the British Eventing Under 18 100 Championships at Weston Park where he was fortunate to be selected to be on the Wales team and compete against all the other teams from around the country.

After a long day of dressage, a tense showjumping competition and a full championship cross country course, the Wales team managed to finish the weekend on the lowest penalty score, meaning they won the entire competition.

Ben is now moving up to novice level and hopes to be selected for next year’s Junior One-star Eventing Championships.

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