Riding 2009/10

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Junior Inter schools One Day Event UK Championships May 2010

Lola Watt and Saskia Simonson represented Blundell's at the Junior Eventing Championships held at Stonar School. Both put on a very good performance in all three phases of dressage, show jumping and cross country. Lola just missed out on the placings, but an impressive dressage score, supported by a double clear resulted in Saskia coming 3rd individually in her section. This is a very impressive result at National Level.

National Schools South of England Qualifier Bryanston, 8th & 9th May 2010

ag nSchool House set the scene for a very productive weekend. On Saturday, Lola Watt, on her pony Max, produced two impressive clear rounds sweeping the board, by qualifying in 2nd place in the Mini Section & 1st place in the Novice Section, resulting in a double qualification for the National Schools Finals. On Sunday, Lydia Stuart, having already qualified for the Championships at Mini level, was competing in the bigger Intermediate Section and whilst didn't qualify this time, produced a beautiful clear round over a demanding track. Such impressive performances by our younger competitors, Lola & Lydia, certainly showed the older Blundellians how it was done! The Open Team of Alexa Batting, Rupert Batting & Emily Mayes were under greater pressure to qualify as a result. The track for the Open was big and this was made more difficult by deep going. However, the 3 member team, put on sterling performances to clinch 2nd place and therefore qualification to the National Finals. Alexa also gained individual qualification coming 2nd, with Rupert coming 6th individually. This is the fifth consecutive year Blundell's has been represented at the National finals, but it will be the first time we have qualified at the most difficult Open Level and certainly the most qualifications to date in one year.

Open Team results: 1st Godolphin; 2nd Blundell's; 3rd Millfield.

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Mini Eventers' Challenge South West Qualifier 28th February 2010

\SFD Vsd VLydia Stuart was the only Blundell's representative at the Jumping with Style South West qualifier hosted by Millfield School recently. The extra responsibility of flying the Blundell's Flag spurred her on to a fantastic victory with a faultless clear round and the highest style marks of the competition. Such an impressive win means that Lydia has now qualified for the National Schools Equestrian Association Finals later in the year. Many congratulations.

South West Schools Show Jumping 15th November 2009

South West Schools Show Jumping, 15th Nov 2009At the South West Schools Show Jumping we had the best performance ever in terms of consistency, with both teams finishing with zero penalties over two rounds. Indeed Blundell's was the only school to do so out of over 25 represented there. The overall winners were then decided on time taken to complete the second round and this meant both teams missed the coveted 1st place by just a few seconds.

The team of Jenny Boylett, Lydia Stuart, Alexa Batting & Rupert Batting were third in their class, with the team of Amy Clarke, Maddie Simonson, Alexa Batting & Rupert Batting completing as South West Runners-up in 2nd. A special mention to Jenny and Lydia who performed brilliantly at their debut in the Blundell's Equestrian team. Mrs Batting was delighted with their performance. They competed with professionalism and flair and are a credit to their school.

South West JAS Qualifier – Eventer’s Challenge 11th October 2009

South West JAS Qualifier
Pos. School
1st Blundell’s
2nd Millfield
3rd Millfield
4th Stonar
5th Wells Cathedral
6th Millfield

Jumping with style is gaining in popularity, as was seen when over 20 schools competed at Millfield for a chance to represent the South West at the National Schools finals in November. SW JAS Qualifier, October 2009JAS provides a challenging course of both showjumps and xc fences, with marks awarded for time and style as well as the usual jumping penalties. Danny Anholt, Director of Riding at Millfield, had provided a technical course of 20 fences, including, bounces, skinnies & corners, with several ridden from off-set angles, which certainly proved challenging for the teams competing as only 2 teams out of 20 got all 4 competitors around. However, the Blundell's team of Alexa Batting, Rupert Batting, Maddie Simonson & Saskia Simonson continued their recent run of success in eventing with a convincing win at Intermediate level, in spite of impressive competition from several schools known for their equestrian talent. Rupert also won best individual with a clear round and no time penalties, combined with a 95% score for style. The team now go on to compete in the UK National Schools Championships to be held at Keysoe, Bedfordshire in November.

SW JAS Qualifier, October 2009   SW JAS Qualifier, October 2009

Stonar: Blundell's enjoy continued success at Eventing

Class 1 - BE90 equiv.    Class 3 - BE100 equiv.
Pos. School Pos. School
1st Stonar 1st Dean Close
2nd St Leonard's Mayfield 2nd Blundell's
3rd Wells Cathedral School 3rd Cranleigh
4th St Mary's Calne 4th Tavistock College
5th Blundell's 5th Wells Cathedral School
6th Downe House 6th The Kingsley School

Hot on the heels of winning the South West Schools Eventing held at Cuckoo's Nest, Tiverton, the team went on to secure Schools Eventing Championships at Stonar SchoolNational Runners-up at the prestigious UK Schools Eventing Championships, hosted by Stonar School. Rupert Batting, winner at the SW ODE, was 2nd individually, having won in 2008 "it was a huge disappointment not to retain the National title this year, especially as I lost the lead due to going too fast XC, but Tim is a wonderful horse and couldn't have gone better for me. I was enjoying the XC too much and should have applied a few more brakes!" A consistent performance by the team of Alexa Batting, Rupert Batting, Freddie Evans & Maddie Simonson, guaranteed them 2nd place in a hard fought Intermediate section, behind the overall winners Dean Close, but ahead of Cranleigh.

Schools Eventing Championships at Stonar School    Schools Eventing Championships at Stonar School

Schools Eventing Championships at Stonar School

The BE90 team of Rupert Batting, Amy Clarke, Hattie Middleton Frith & Saskia Simonson also flew the flag for Devon, boosted by their 2nd place at the Blundell's SW Schools ODE, they too took on the challenges provided by Stonar and finished a creditable 5th place team Nationally, with Saskia 6th individual at her first attempt at the Schools Championships.

South West Schools One Day Event 13th September 2009

The 8th running of the South West Schools One Day Event took place at Cuckoo’s Nest bathed in beautiful sunshine in contrast to last year when the event had to be cancelled owing to torrential rain.  One Day Event 200925 schools from all over the South West were represented, resulting in a top class competition. The Novice class which consisted of 19 teams was won by The Kings School, Blundell’s were 2nd and The Maynard School were 3rd.  The Blundell’s team was Saskia Simonson, Luke Ansell, Hattie Middleton- Frith and Rupert Batting.  One Day Event 2009This was a hotly contested competition where less than 4 marks separated the top three teams. Rupert and Saskia were 2nd in their section and Hattie was 6th=. 

The Open class was out of 8 teams and the Blundell’s team of Rupert Batting, Lottie Simonson, Maddie Simonson and Alexa Batting were 1st winning the Dixon Cup for the 3rd time, last achieved in 2005.  They beat Millfield Black team into 2nd place by over 50 points and Plymouth College was 3rd.  The Open competition proved difficult, with these being the only teams to complete all three disciplines of the event.  Rupert was 1st in his section, Alexa was 2nd and received the rosette for Best Dressage and Maddie and Lottie were both 5th. The organisers are very grateful to both the competitors and sponsors for their support. Donations from the event will be made to the Sariputhra School, Sri Lanka and Devon Air Ambulance.

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