Riding 2013/14

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NSEA JwS Championships 25-27th Oct 2013

National Champions 2013

Schools from all over the UK converged at Addington Manor, Buckinghamshire to compete at the NSEA 2013 Championships. Qualifying competitions occur throughout the year where the top two schools go forward to represent their region at the finals in the various disciplines. Arena eventing also known as Jumping with Style (JwS) consists of a course of show jumps, followed by a timed course of XC fences, with skinnies and awkward turns to test both horse and rider. The whole round is also judged for style by a BE accredited judge. The style penalties, together with the jumping and time faults are added together to determine placings.

NSEA JwS Championships, Oct 2013NSEA JwS Championships, Oct 2013

NSEA JwS Championships, Oct 2013NSEA JwS Championships, Oct 2013
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In the most challenging and therefore competitive JwS Open Class, 24 teams battled it out for the coveted National Champions title from across the UK. Blundell’s Blue team were fourth to go and took the team decision to go for the time. Lydia Stuart was the only team member to execute a fast clear round, with the other team members following suit with fast rounds, only notching up 4 jumping faults each. However, the skill displayed both in the transition from a collected show jumping round, to a galloping XC section whilst still executing the tight turns and maintaining balance was recognised generously in the style marks. Having shown the other teams the lines that were possible to make the time, it was then a nail-biting wait having to watch the remaining 20 teams compete. Finally, it was announced that the Blundell’s team of Eleanor Ansell, Rupert Batting, Lydia Stuart and Lola Watt had won the competition by the slimmest of margins, 0.5 penalties from Mayfield School in 2nd and Spalding High in 3rd. The Blundell's Yellow team of Eleanor Ansell, Rupert Batting and India Knott also put on a good show, but with only a team of three, didn’t have the luxury of a discard score achieving 9th overall. Blundell’s has been attending the NSEA Championships for many years, but this is the first time they have taken the title of Open JwS National Champions and fittingly in the last schools' competition for Rupert who is about to start as a working pupil for William Fox-Pitt during his gap year. The Blundell's trainer Tim Cheffings was delighted for them, praising their dedication and further commented that “practising all those skinnies certainly paid off!”

NSEA JwS Championships, Oct 2013NSEA JwS Championships, Oct 2013

British Eventing Festival of Youth, Weston Park, Shropshire 2013

British Eventing Festival of Youth, Weston Park, ShropshireThe inaugural KBIS sponsored U18 BE100 Championships proved very successful, with SW team leading with a significant cushion of 13 penalties from the dressage phase and maintaining this position to the nail-biting finish of the XC phase. Although an enviable position it was one which provided the added pressure of “there to be lost”. Emily Proud and Holly Parker notched up winner and runner up placings, closely followed by Emily Kendall in 4th and Lola Watt 11th. Emily Lee their BE SW coach, and SW assistant co-ordinator Georgina Batting were quick to praise the wonderful team spirit throughout the four days of competition and this played a significant part in securing the win.

 

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