EQUESTRIAN: Spalding High School’s awesome foursome

From left, Helen Peach on Dooneens Impulse, Lucy Daly on Ralphie G, Molly Johnson on Casino, Holly Hetherington on Woodend Pride.
From left, Helen Peach on Dooneens Impulse, Lucy Daly on Ralphie G, Molly Johnson on Casino, Holly Hetherington on Woodend Pride.

Four riders from Spalding High School travelled to Addington Manor Equestrian Centre to compete in the National Schools Equestrian Association’s Championships.

The Addo Food Group-sponsored team qualified earlier in the year at Northallerton and Arena UK, in the 90/95cm and 100/105cm show jumping and Jump with Style, to reach the championships.

Molly Johnson, Holly Hetherington, Lucy Daly and Helen Peach.

Molly Johnson, Holly Hetherington, Lucy Daly and Helen Peach.

The girls’ performance in qualification competitions has been faultless, winning every class they have entered and gaining their well-deserved place at the national finals.

The team consisted of Holly Hetherington on Woodend Pride, Molly Johnson on Casino, Lucy Daly on Ralphie G and Helen Peach on Dooneens Impulse.

Yasmin Peach on Lissavalley Solo also helped to gain a place in the 1m Show Jumping class at Northallerton but was unable to make the champ-ionships.

Show jumping rounds were very positively ridden from all team members over the course of the weekend.

However, a couple of tapped poles left them outside the top eight placings in both classes and subsequent second round jump off.

All the girls were really pleased with their individual rounds and this set them up for their next classes of Jump with Style (JWS).

This is a combination of both show jumps and rustic cross country fences, in which team members have to show control and style between both phases.

The cross country section is timed and scored on an optimum time to which every member aims towards.

The first JWS course the girls undertook was the 95cm class.

Helen was first to go and jumped a fantastic clear round with Holly quickly following in hot pursuit.

Molly and Lucy had an unlucky pole each, however with style marks to be proud of, the team secured a very respectable seventh place out of 35 teams nationally.

In the 105cm JWS class, all the girls rode very strong rounds with no jumping penalties between them and coupled with excellent style marks, secured them a very well deserved fourth place against 26 teams from around the country.

Molly said: “We sadly bid Yasmin and Holly a fond farewell.

“They have both enjoyed and shared a successful partnership with the equestrian team at Spalding High, but have now headed off to university.

“However, among the loss of two valued team members, we now welcome several new members who have expressed an interest from years 7 through to 13 and we hope for continued success during the 2016-17 season.

“On behalf of all of the team members, we would like to thank parents for their continued support over the past year.”