Stoneygate School Equestrian Team

On Saturday 25th October Louise Arnold, Charlotte Wilson, Philip Wright and Jasmine Moldon-Curran travelled to Addington Manor in Buckinghamshire to compete in the 75cm show jumping class as Team Stoneygate.

It was an early start, 5am in some cases, to travel the 2 hour journey with trailers to the impressive venue. The course walk was from 7-8am and still in darkness. The class started promptly at 8 o clock and although cold was a dry day.

All the ponies were neatly plaited up and looked very smart along with their riders.

Louise went off first for us and jumped a beautiful fast round setting a great time of 24.1 seconds. Charlotte went second on a borrowed pony and although jumping clear picked up some time faults. Philip riding next went for a fast time and, unfortunately, had a pole down. Lastly Jasmine went on her new pony, only having had her for a week, and jumped a lovely clear round.

All four members and ponies did the school proud, but even Louise’s time was not quick enough to take her through to the second round.

Three of the team’s four ponies were in their 20th year with only Louise’s 7 year old bringing down the average age.

Congratulations must go to all four of them for qualifying for such a prestigious event and representing Stoneygate School.

Louise also had qualified for the 85cm class on Sunday so travelled back down the following day.

On her fantastic pony Percy she jumped clear setting a fast time. This qualified them for the afternoon’s jump off where they came 8th, a marvellous achievement. Well done Louise.

Thank you to the children and parents who supported this event.

Equestrian Team

On Thursday 29th May the Stoneygate School Equestrian Team represented the school in a show jumping competition organised by Wellingborough School.  The team were Charlotte, on her pony ‘Mr Fudge Brown’, Louise, on ‘Percy’, Phillip on ‘Zorro’ and Jasmine riding ‘Pudsey Bear’. The riders had to get their ponies ready and looking smart for the first class that they entered, which was to jump fences with a height of between 70-75 centimetres.   The children have to remember the correct order of the jumps and also part of the course is timed so they have to ride as fast as they can whilst being very careful not to knock any fences down.  All the children rode brilliantly with a clear round.  There were about eight schools jumping plus about another twenty children who had entered as individuals.  Stoneygate team came second overall and Louise also came second as an individual, which were both brilliant results.  It also means that they qualify for the National Finals.  The next class the children competed in was the 80-85cm jumps.  The pressure was on for this class and again the whole team rode well but this time they managed to accumulate some time faults and they finished seventh overall.  I would like to congratulate the children on their fantastic achievement and for representing the school so well.
If any other children are interested in joining the equestrian team next year please come and talk to me.
Mrs Sillett.