Riding 2010/11

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Junior UK Inter-Schools One Day Event Championships 14th & 15th May 2011

Lola Watt on her pony Bledridge Maximilian during the Junior UK Inter-Schools One Day Event ChampionshipsStonar School, once again, were excellent hosts of the prestigious Junior Inter Schools’ 20th Annual Eventing Championships, known to be one of the highlights of the UK Schools Eventing calendar.

Lydia Stuart represented Blundell’s in the 90cm Class, producing an impressive double clear at this standard, but sadly even such perfect show jumping and cross country rounds were not enough to secure a top ten placing at this level.

However, Lola Watt and her pony Bledridge Maximilian competed as an individual for Blundells in the 85cm Class against considerable competition from schools across the UK. A lovely dressage test, followed by clears both show jumping and cross country put Lola 1st in her section. This fabulous win, coming hot on the heels after recovery from a fractured arm, meant she was completely delighted to be able to bring home the honours for Blundell’s.

Schools National Finals, Addington Manor 15th & 16th Jan 2011

Schools National FinalsHaving qualified in May at Bryanston, Lola Watt as an individual and the team of Alexa Batting, Rupert Batting and Emily Mayes represented Blundell's and the South West in the Jumping and Style competition at the Schools Equestrian Finals, which combines show jumping, cross country and style.Schools National Finals Lola Watt, competing at her first NSEA Championship, produced two superb individual clear rounds and wowed the judges with her riding style such that she gained 7th place individually in the Mini Class and in the more challenging Novice Class achieved 3rd place. The team competed in the Open Class over a particularly challenging course and all three attacked it as was needed. They had to compete first, so were the path finders for the benefit of all the other teams to follow. Whilst a team placing was not to be, Alexa came 11th overall in the Open Individual competition.

National finals attract the best in the country; this was a wonderful experience for them all. We were delighted with their performance representing the South West.

NSEA jumping and style qualifier, Millfield School 27th Feb 2011

The team of Lola watt, Emma Selby, Amy Clarke and Emily Wardle met intense competition at the SW qualifier. They put on an impressive performance, managing three clear rounds over a technical track. Whilst their collective jumping penalties positioned them 3rd equal, the time taken overall relegated them to 5th overall out of 14 schools represented. Lola produced the best score of the team and this resulted in individual placings of 4th and 5th in the two classes she entered. Sadly, this wasn't enough for qualification to the championships but an impressive performance nonetheless as the standard was very high, highlighted by the fact that there was only 5 penalties separating 1st placed Stonar from Blundell’s in 5th.

Blundell's Qualifies for the NSEC 6th Feb 2011

Blundell's Qualifies for the NSECBlundell's School has qualified for the National Schools Equestrian Championships for the 6th year in a row, but this is the first time they have done so for the Show Jumping final. The team of Maddie Simonson, Amy Clarke, Alexa Batting, Rupert Batting put on a sterling performance at the South West qualifier hosted by Millfield school, gaining qualification in both the Intermediate and Open Show Jumping classes against strong opposition from over 40 teams. They will represent the South West at the NSEA finals to be held at Addington Manor in the autumn.
This is a first for Blundell’s as we've not qualified a team for show jumping before and we've never qualified for two heights in the same year for the national finals in any discipline.

Intermediate: 1st Heathfield 2nd Blundell’s 3rd Gillingham, 4th Wells Cathedral School, 5th Plymouth College, 6th St Swithun's
Open: 1st & 2nd Millfield, 3rd Blundell’s, 4th Stonar, 5th Thomas Hardye 6th Millfield.

Cattistock Pony Club and Bruton School's One Day Event 19th Sept 2010

Cattistock Pony Club and Bruton School's One Day EventBlundell's had further equine success at the Cattistock Pony Club and Bruton School's One Day Event held at Aldon on Sunday 19th September, when Lola Watt and her pony Bledridge Maximillian, competing as an individual on behalf of Blundell's, won their Section. A lovely dressage test, proving the best in the arena, gave Lola an early lead and subsequent clear rounds cross country and show jumping meant that no-one could catch them.

 

 

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