Riding 2008/09

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Junior Inter-Schools Eventing Championships Stonar School, 17th May 2009

Congratulations to the team of Maddie Simonson, Amy Clarke, Charlotte Hare and Rupert Batting, who put on a strong performance at the Junior Eventing Championships held at Stonar school. With nearly 50 schools represented, competition was at the highest level for this age group. Sound dressage performances by all put them in contention. The show jumping proved tricky and did cost a few of them some annoying penalties; however, impressive cross-country rounds from Maddie (8th individual), Rupert (12th Individual) & Amy (14th individual) strengthened their position greatly, with the team finishing 7th overall at National level.

Junior Inter-Schools Eventing Championships     Junior Inter-Schools Eventing Championships

Junior Inter-Schools Eventing Championships     Junior Inter-Schools Eventing Championships

NSEA South West Qualifier Millfield school, 1st February 2009

EmilySophieAlexa Batting, Emma Tyrer, Catherine Ayres and Emily Wardle competed in the Intermediate over a demanding course of both show jumps and XC fences, which eliminated many teams. Whilst the team was not placed, Alexa led the way with a well executed clear round gaining 7th place overall. Emma Tyrer put on a courageous performance, but was not placed.

In the Open event the course was imposing. Millfield on home ground, swept the board with 1st and 2nd placed teams and 1st, 2nd, 3rd placed individuals. Nevertheless, Blundell's performed well. EmmaEmmie Birchmore rode as an individual, with the team of Rupert Batting, Emma Selby, Emily Mayes and Sophie Birchmore having to ride bravely, committing fully to a large, technical track none had experienced before.

Pos. School
1st Millfield
2nd Millfield
3rd Stonar
4th Thomas Hardye
5th Blundell's
6th SW Wilts

Rupert was the only one to finish on a clear round, gaining him 6th placed individually, and with good supporting performances from the rest of the team, they secured 5th place overall. Mrs Batting was delighted with this result as it is Blundell's first attempt at Open level.

  Rupert  Alexa

National Schools Equestrian Association JAS 30th November 2008

Intermediate Champions 2008: Blundell’s School

NSEA JAS - Blundell's teamOn the weekend of 29th and 30th of November 2008 the Blundell’s equestrian team of Alexa Batting, Rupert Batting, Emily Wardle and Emma Selby travelled to Keysoe, Bedfordshire, to compete at the National Schools Equestrian Association Championships. To begin with there was a 3ft warm up class consisting of just show jumps. In this, all the team rode well, with Emma, Emily & Rupert producing clear rounds. Our times weren’t fast enough to be in the prizes, but Rupert came 10th and Emma 12th overall.

NSEA JAS - Emma and AmberIn the main indoor arena, the championship competition was based on jumping faults, time over the cross country section and style of riding. It was an ‘up to height’ technical course of show jumping and cross country. There were narrow fences (just wide enough for a horse) situated off tight turns, filled in bounce fences, parallel oxers and of course all this technicality forced errors for many competitors. Throughout the competition many teams were eliminated, with only 6 out of 17 teams completing the competition. The Blundell’s team finished on 12 jumping faults with time and style penalties to add. This consistent team performance cemented our victory at National Level. The final scores demonstrated that we had won convincingly, with a 11 penalties lead over the 2nd placed team.

Pos. School Pen.
1st Blundell's 65
2nd Farlington 76
3rd Kings of Wessex 95
4th Godolphin 99
5th Kent College 106
6th Cranleigh 111
Pos. = Position; Pen. = Penalties

NSEA JAS - Rupert and TimIn the prize giving ceremony, we were awarded rosettes, medals, rugs for our horses and also the prize for best turned out team. Emma also came 2nd individually and so qualified for the individual Championships joining Rupert who had already qualified at Millfield. The team results can be seen in the table to the right.

In the Individual Championship competition that followed, Rupert and Emma had to tackle another challenging course which tested accuracy, balance and speed for both horse and rider. Both Rupert and Emma produced good rounds, with Emma gaining a superb clear. Rupert pushed for a faster round than in the team event but it cost him dear as he tipped a pole off a tight turn. Emma secured the much deserved impressive 3rd place overall, with Rupert in 10th place.

NSEA JAS - Alexa and CadiWe would like to thank all those involved in preparing us for this event; our brilliant Team Trainer Sarah Harrison, who is always very quick to put us right, but fortunately quicker to praise, Mrs Batting for organising it all, the Blundell’s ODE committee for funding the entry fees, but most of all, our parents for supporting us and getting us there so we could do the rest!

Emma Selby & Emily Wardle

South West Dressage Competition 12th October 2008

A wonderful day of competition for the two Blundell's teams at the South West Dressage competition hosted at, and by, Millfield School. The event attracted large entries, with over 20 schools represented.

In the challenging Novice 27 Class, the team of Maddie Simonson, Lottie Simonson and Charlotte Hare gained a creditable 3rd place, behind Millfield in 1st and 2nd.

In the Preliminary Class, attracting a large entry, the team of Emma Selby, Emily Mayes and Emily Wardle achieved 2nd place overall, behind Leweston, with individual success as well.

This is the first time Blundell's has enjoyed such success at this competition. Contratulations to them all and many thanks to the parents for their continued commitment to equestrian events.

Inter-Schools One Day Event Championships at Stonar School, Wiltshire, Sat 27th Sept 2008

ODE at StonarSophie Birchmore, Emily Mayes, Rupert Batting and Emma Selby put on a true team performance at Championship Intermediate level, with all 4 completing the challenging three phases of the One Day Event without difficulty.

Impressive Dressage performances from Rupert and Emma in particular set the scene. This was followed by 3 clear rounds showjumping over a track that caused difficulty for many. The most challenging phase was the cross-country with all 4 team members going clear; wonderful to see and a testament to their riding skills.

Intermediate Team results
1st Cheltenham
2nd Cranleigh
3rd Stonar
4th Haberdashers'
5th Blundell's
6th St Mary's Shaftesbury

Rupert and Emma finished on their dressage score with no penalties to add. This is unusual at such a high level of competition, and as a result Rupert won individually, the first Blundellian to do so, and Emma finished 11th.

A consistent performance by the team as a whole secured a creditable 5th place out of 21 teams that started. Blundell's flew the flag for the Westcountry, securing the highest position of schools in the region, relegating both the Millfield teams. It was a very proud moment. They competed against the best schools in the country with Rupert, the youngest member of the team, leading the way by winning his section. They took Stonar by storm!

The Blundell's team would like to thank their team instructor, Sarah Harrison for all her guidance and commitment.

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