Riding 2012/13

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British Eventing Pony Trials 2013

Congratulations to India Knott who competed in the final GBR Pony Trials at Brand Hall. This event is by invitation only and whilst India just missed the final squad it was a significant achievement to reach the highest level in Eventing for her age group.

British Eventing Pony Trials 2013British Eventing Pony Trials 2013

NSEA JwS Qualifier hosted by Blundell’s School at Pontispool 30th May 2013

90cm qualifier: The team of Didi Eaton, Bird Wood, Tabitha Pring & Georgia Wood, narrowly missed out on qualification for the Nationals, coming 4th, but the rising star of the class was Polly Muirhead riding as an individual on a borrowed pony and jumped the round of her life to achieve 6th place individually - the highest placing of the Blundellians in this class.

NSEA JwS Qualifier at Pontispool, 30th May 2013NSEA JwS Qualifier at Pontispool, 30th May 2013
Images courtesy of Jay Photos

1m warm up: Ed Barlow showed the rest how it was done, winning this class by a mile.

Open Class: Blundell's proved their worth in the most challenging class of the day. The team of Rupert Batting, Ed Barlow, Eleanor Ansell and Will Smith, secured outright victory becoming SW winners and qualified for a place at the Schools National Finals in October.

NSEA JwS Qualifier at Pontispool, 30th May 2013     NSEA JwS Qualifier at Pontispool, 30th May 2013     NSEA JwS Qualifier at Pontispool, 30th May 2013
Images courtesy of Jay Photos

Rupert gained 1st & 3rd individually and has now qualified both his horses for Nationals. A special mention to Didi Eaton who put in an impressive performance competing at this level for the first time.

Mrs Batting would like to thank all the Blundell’s parents who helped to run this event so smoothly.

UK Junior Eventing Championships 18th -19th May 2013

UK Junior Eventing ChampionshipsBlundell’s was well represented at the Junior National Eventing Championships by Georgia Wood, Will Smith, and a team entry of Bird Wood, Zara Cameron, Tabitha Pring & Didi Eaton.

The event hosted by Stonar School yet again proved that all three phases were truly influential. As is often the case, Blundell’s forte was to produce a double clear at both show jumping and cross country to finish on their respectable dressage scores. This clean sheet was not achieved consistently by other schools and so individual placings of Will 8th, Bird 8th, Zara 9th and Tabitha 10th, the team came a very impressive 3rd place against 17 other schools.

Team results: 1st Queen’s College, 2nd St Marys Calne, 3rd Blundell’s, 4th Wellington College, 5th Stonar, 6th Sherborne.

Millfield NSEA Show Jumping & Derby 12th May 2013

in the 1m class Eleanor Ansell produced two excellent rounds, just missing out on a win, securing 2nd & 6th. In the 1.15m show jumping, Ed Barlow had his hands on the trophy, just to tip the last fence to be runner up. Eleanor was 4th and Rupert 6th.

Millfield NSEA Show Jumping & Derby 12th May 2013Millfield NSEA Show Jumping & Derby 12th May 2013
Millfield NSEA Show Jumping & Derby, 12th May 2013

In the 1.1m Millfield Derby, (complete with walls, and millfield equivalent of the hickstead bank and Devil's Dyke) Eleanor trounced all the local opposition to walk away with 1st and 2nd place. In all, a great weekend for Blundell's equestrian. photos attached.

Royal Windsor Horse Show 11th May 2013

The team of Georgia Wood, Oscar Kolowski, Bird Wood & Will Smith were up against the best schools in the country at Windsor Horse Show. The show jumping track was the biggest yet jumped for some of them. They came a very creditable 9th at Blundell's first appearance at this prestigious event.

Royal Windsor horse show, 11th May 2013     Royal Windsor horse show, 11th May 2013

Royal Windsor horse show, 11th May 2013

National Schools SW Jumping and Style Qualifier hosted by Millfield Prep 24th Feb 2013

With qualification to the NSEA National Finals as the prize, schools from all around the South West region took part in a hard fought contest of skill, style and speed over a course of show jumps and XC fences against the clock. Millfield as hosts provided a testing track to ensure the best teams would go forward to represent the SW. In the 75cm qualifier, Blundell’s came home 1st and 6th; with competition so fierce, there was little to choose between the placings. In the 85cm qualifier, one pole cost the team 1st place, finishing in 4th. Tabitha Pring deserves a special mention for getting the best style mark of the whole competition 94%, helping to secure 6th place individually. Blundell’s now go forward to represent the SW at the Schools National Finals held at Addington Manor in October.

National Schools SW Jumping and Style Qualifier hosted by Millfield Prep - four horses and riders

Wellington School Show Jumping 28th Oct 2012

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Blundell's were on fighting form at the South West Schools Show Jumping – hosted by Wellington School – with fantastic results across the board.

Wellington School Show Jumping, 28th Oct 2012Class 1 – 2nd Blundell’s Archie Hare, Mia Butterfield, Jasper Pring, Polly Muirhead – sadly even four double clears weren’t enough to secure the win, but a very pleasing second place.

Class 2 – 2nd Blundell’s Red Team (4 double clears – 120.21sec) (Flic Charlesworth, Archie Hare, Oscar Kolowski and Polly Muirhead). 3rd Blundell’s Black Team (4 double clears – 120.23sec) (Tabby Pring, Didi Eaton, Georgia Wood and Bird Wood). As you can imagine there was quite a lot of amusement over the result of Class 2; our two teams split by only 2/100s of a second! A wonderful competitive spirit in action in this Class.

Class 3 – 2nd Blundell’s Black (Tabby Pring, Didi Eaton, Georgia Wood and Bird Wood)

In the individual competition, Blundell’s romped home with an impressive win for Will Smith, with Zara Cameron a close second. Overall, quite a day for Blundell’s at this local derby!

South West Schools SJ – The Grange, Okehampton 21st Oct 2012

The team of Poly Muirhead, Flic Charlesworth, Archie Hare and Oscar Kolowski took on 23 teams from throughout the SW and finished an amazing 3rd place. A huge achievement for the youngest team in the competition. Many congratulations.

South West Schools SJ, Oct 2012
South West Schools SJ at The Grange, Okehampton

NSEA Champs Oct 2012

Over 600 competitors from schools all over the UK converged upon Addington Manor Equestrian Centre in Buckinghamshire for the prestigious National Schools’ Equestrian Association Championships 2012. This was the biggest Championships yet and fiercely competitive.

I was lucky enough to have qualified amongst a strong representation of 10 pupils and 13 horses from Blundell’s. We arrived on a damp, grey Friday, exercised our horses and ponies and then settled them into their temporary stabling. Together with our parents, we were staying mainly in either caravans or horseboxes. The majority of our contingent commandeered a rather muddy corner of the densely crammed horsebox park and this caravan-shanty-town proved to be the nucleus of the evenings’ entertainment!

NSEA Champs, Oct 2012NSEA Champs, Oct 2012

NSEA Champs, Oct 2012NSEA Champs, Oct 2012

The Championship competitions kicked off on Saturday morning with the Intermediate JWS – a combination of arena show jumping and cross country fences combined with speed and style. A tough and technical track had been built which took many competitors by surprise and resulted in 7 teams being eliminated. Our team consisted of Lydia Stuart on the flying Carnsdale Casper, Ed Barlow on Millie, Eleanor Ansell on Murray and me on my young horse, Denys de la Mer. We all tackled the course with confidence but couldn’t quite match the leaders’ scores and we finished a creditable 12th from the 29 teams competing. The following class was the daunting Open JWS. The course was huge and extremely technical – again resulting in the elimination of 9 teams! Blundell’s team of Lydia Stuart, again on Casper, Eleanor Ansell with Grace, Rupert Batting on Alexa’s Manyoshu and Saskia Simonson on Trevensen Toyboy, were exciting to watch. They braved all, jumping excellent fast rounds to finish the competition in a thrilling 4th place. This was a fantastic performance, much enjoyed by their supporters! Rupert went on to compete as an individual on the brilliant and reliably consistent, Tim. He jumped a great round to finish 7th.

NSEA Champs, Oct 2012NSEA Champs, Oct 2012 - Rupert on Timaru

During Saturday morning, our impressive younger team of Didi Eaton on Pebbly Principal Boy, Tabitha Pring on Prim & Proper, Bird Wood on Flyover and Georgia Wood on Wellstan Louisa were competing in the Show Jumping outdoor rings. They had qualified for both the Mini and the Novice classes. In the Mini all jumped lovely rounds to finish 10th from 24 very competitive teams. In the Novice Show Jumping, challenged by a big course, all four showed great determination and courage, jumping out of their skins but the very strong opposition meant they just missed out going through to the second round.

NSEA Champs, Oct 2012NSEA Champs, Oct 2012

Dressage competitions were also held on the Saturday and I was delighted to be placed 9th in the Individual Championship for the Novice test on my pony, Bledridge Maximilian.

NSEA Champs, Oct 2012After a second wet but highly entertaining evening, Sunday brought the Mini JWS Championship for Didi, Tabitha, Bird and Georgia. All four team members kept their cool to jump accurate and stylish rounds resulting in a well-deserved, exciting 5th place for Blundell’s. Georgia Wood, who was also competing as an Individual, was rewarded for her beautiful riding with a superb style score to finish in a fantastic 4th place.

On Sunday afternoon, Ed Barlow and Millie competed in the Intermediate Show Jumping. He jumped a lovely round over another challenging course but was unlucky to have one fence down, therefore missing the opportunity to go through to the second round.

Competing at the National Championships is a fantastic experience and being able to represent Blundell’s gives a great sense of pride. On behalf of my team members, I would like to say a very BIG thank you to all our supporters but especially to Mrs Batting, who I know puts in so much time and effort and also to our superb trainers, Tim Cheffings and Sarah Harrison.

Lola Watt

Horse of the Year Show NEC, Birmingham

Horse of the Year Show 2012
Didi Eaton riding Pebbly Principal Boy, competing at the
Horse of the Year Show at the NEC, Birmingham

Wonderful turnout at Blundell's One Day event Sept 2012

ODE 08-10-2012With the weather elements we have experienced this year, it was touch and go for a while if the event would actually take place. Thankfully the sun of the last week has ensured a most enjoyable event and Blundell's excelled in the Equestrian arena yet again.

In Class One Blundell's Harriers team Polly Muirhead, Oscar Kolowski, Flic Charlesworth, Archie Hare came a very respectable 3rd. Blundell's Hares team Rosalie Sanders, Pehobe Clarkson and Serena Mundy made a huge contribution and secured a 5th place with Pheobe Clarkson as top Blundellian.

Class Two brought outstanding results with Blundell's Red team securing 2nd place, Lydia Stuart, Bird Wood, Didi Eaton, Tabitha Pring,, Blundells Black comprising Rupert Batting, Will Smith, Zara Cameron and Eleanor Ansell closely following into 4th Place, Lydia and Rupert securing Top Blundellian Placed riders. Blundell's White team comprising some very busy riders on young horses yesterday again Eleanor Ansell, Didi Eaton, Georgie Wood and Sara Wright made a very credible performance,

ODE 08-10-2012The final class of the afternoon Class 3 brought a sadly unplaced Blundell's team comprising Rupert Batting, Eleanor Ansell, Edward Barlow and Saskia Simonson.

Our congratulations to all who achieved such great results in this demanding summer and particularly testing course, which put all schools to the test.

A particular thank you to our sponsors who made the event possible; Knight Frank, Exeter, Western Counties Equine Hospital, The Wool Packaging Company and Mundy Veneer.

Thanks to so many pupils and members of staff who gave up their time to assist with the smooth running of the event. Hugely appreciated. A particular thanks must go to Douglas Morrison for his efficient running of the scoring team, never an easy job and to Georgie and Nick Batting for so kindly hosting this event which has become such a fixture in the Equestrian Calendar with Schools from far and wide across the South West participating.

Rupert Batting's Riding Success Sept 2012

Rupert BattingRupert Batting has been presented with the first Western Counties Equine Hospital training bursary for eventing. Rupert was a very deserving winner of the eventing bursary which was presented to him by David Pipe of Pipeline Racing. His application for the bursary was combined with studying for four ‘A’ levels at Blundell’s and a hectic eventing schedule. This year Rupert has competed both nationally and internationally, having recently returned from a successful trip to Haras du Pin in France.

Rupert hopes to use the eventing bursary to take his horses forward to the next level. He has demonstrated his passion for eventing from an early age. He qualified for the Pony Club championships every year between 2008 and 2012 and competed at BE Intermediate level this year.

The bursary scheme was launched by the Western Counties Equine team to celebrate the ten year anniversary of the Western Counties Hospital, for clients to the value of £500 to be spent with a trainer of the applicant’s choice. The entrants were assessed by an independent expert.

UK Schools Eventing Championships at Stonar Sept 2012

Blundell’s School had some impressive results at the UK Schools Eventing Championships held at Stonar, with two pupils coming back to Devon as national champions. Tabitha Pring, riding Prim and Proper, was champion in the 15 and under BE90 class; UK Schools Eventing Championships at Stonar, Sept 2012she and her team mates of Didi Eaton, Eleanor Ansell and Lola Watt were runners up in this class, with Lola coming fourth individually.

In the 18 and under BE100 class - the toughest of the competition - Eleanor Ansell, riding Grace, became national champion when she was outright winner of her section. The Blundell’s team of Eleanor, Ed Barlow and Saskia Simonson secured a creditable fifth place, despite the disadvantage of only being a team of three.

Another Blundell’s team, of Sara Wright, Zara Cameron, Will Smith and Georgia Wood, had their first run at the championships and gained a notable fourth place in the BE80 team, with Georgia taking seventh individual place.

Team trainer Tim Cheffings was delighted with the Blundell’s representation and said that such a consistent performance across all levels at Championship level was a real cause for celebration.

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