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THE riders from King’s Hall and King’s College have enjoyed being on the competition circuit again, and despite the Covid-19 break, the team has come back strong, with a number of rosettes and qualifications gained.

At the first National Schools’ Equestrian Association (NSEA) Arena Eventing Hickstead Qualifier at King’s Sedgemoor Equestrian Centre near Bridgwater, Year 9 pupil Tilly F came first in the 70cm, qualifying as an individual rider, and the team of Tilly, Harriet W (Year 10) and Lizzy R (Year 6) came fifth.

Dandi P (Year 9) took fifth place in the 90cm event qualifying as an individual and in the 1metre class, and the team of Josh C (Year 10), older brother Sam (Upper Sixth) and Skye F (Year 9) came third, also qualifying for Hickstead.

A number of competitions have also taken place at Moreton Equestrian Centre near Dorchester. In the NSEA show jumping event, Josh took fourth place as an individual rider in the 80cm class, with the team of Josh, Harriet, Dandi and Tilly coming fourth. Dandi came fifth as an individual. In the 90cm class the same team took fourth again. Josh also qualified as an individual for the 80cm national finals, with both teams also qualifying for the national plate finals.

In the Arena Eventing Qualifier, Tilly took second place, with Year 6 Tabitha T coming sixth in the 70cm class, while the team of Dandi, Tilly, Tabitha and Sophie F (Year 10) took the top spot in the 80cm class. Tilly placed third as an individual rider, and Sophie fifth. In the 90cm class, the team of Tilly, Dandi, Sophie and Skye came second.

The final competition at Moreton was the NSEA One Day Event (ODE). Josh took sixth place in the 90cm class, with Sophie and Tabitha, coming second and seventh respectively in the 80cm class. All three qualified for the National Eventing finals.

At Bicton the team of Dandi, Tilly and Jaime took first place in the 80-85cm show jumping to qualify for the national championships. The same team came fourth in the 90-95cm class. Tilly took second place as an individual in both the 80-85cm and 90-95cm classes, also qualifying for the championships.

Commenting, Head of Equestrian, Laura Bennett, said: “It’s fantastic to see so many of our riders doing so well. Throughout lockdown they did what they could to continue training and their hard work and dedication has clearly paid off.”

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