Pupils from The Queen’s School, Chester, have jumped to success at last month’s National Schools Equestrian Association (NSEA) North West and Wales regional qualifier held at Southview Equestrian Centre.
The school’s equestrian teams had a hugely successful day, competing in the Show Jumping and Jumping with Style events. (Jumping with Style differs from Show Jumping in that the rider's technique, control and harmony with her horse is an important part of the score achieved.)The school entered seven teams for six out of eight of the events, winning two events and coming second in another two.
With the top two teams in each event going through, four Queen’s teams have now qualified for the NSEA National Championships, taking place on 4 and 5 December in Buckinghamshire.
The ten students riding high were Chloe Bransby, Katie Amison, Chloe Stratton, Jemima McEvoy, Ellie Williams, Katie Preece, Charlotte Allwood, Jill Higson, Hannah Underhill and Jess Batty, with some of the girls achieving success in more than one team.
14-year-old Chloe Stratton rode in all four qualifying teams. Chloe said: "It was a really busy day, but great fun. We all did really well and I can’t wait for the national competition."
December’s National Championship pits the UK's best 20 or more school teams against each other. Amongst the opposition will be teams from boarding schools such as Cranleigh, Wellington and Barnard Castle, where pupils are able to keep their horses with them and ride at school. The venue, Addington Manor in Buckinghamshire, is one of the country's premier competition centres with world-class facilities.