EQUESTRIANISM: Flawless quartet lead Spalding High to glory

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Talented riders from Spalding High School enjoyed extraordinary success at the NSEA National Championships held at Addington Manor.

Leading the way were the the team of Rosie Manning (on Stella), Christina Faulkner (Gypsy Rose), Yasmin Peach (Fergie) and Alida Tysterman (Innocent Flight). All four achieved perfect clear rounds with excellent style marks to take the Intermediate Jump with Style Championships by a massive margin.

No less than 250 teams from all over the country contested the competition (which started back in the preliminary rounds), with over 120 riders competing on Saturday.

But Spalding were the only team to have all four riders clear with no jumping penalties.

The team were presented with rugs, sashes, rosettes and prizes by former England football international Stuart Pearce, whose daughter was competing in the same class.

This team along with Zoe Smith (on O Lordy) went on to finish seventh in the Open JWS over a very difficult course. Tysterman took a well-deserved fifth place individually.

The Novice and Mini JWS teams squad of Olivia Gresswell (Gabriel), Lucy Daly (Francis), Molly Johnson (Connie), Nina Halgarth (Sparky) and Holly Hetherington (Penny) came a close ninth in a very competitive class. Hetherington had two ponies (Ginny and Penny) competing in the Novice JWS, coming a very impressive fourth and eighth.

The following day, Spalding’s the senior team of Smith, Tysterman, Faulkner and Rosie Manning – in her last event for Spalding High – competed in the Intermediate Show Jumping Championships. Their performance secured a place in the top eight out of 31 teams.

Those eight teams were then asked to jump off again in the international indoor arena for the championship – and after a nail-biting finish, the girls went on to become reserve national school show jumping champions.

Meanwhile, Olivia Gresswell (Honey) led her dressage section superbly, as all the Spalding riders achieved their personal goals with scores of over 65 per cent. The team of Gresswell, Tysterman (Billie), Alice Gresswell (Toby) and Lucy Daly (Francis) were ninth overall.

All teams would also like to thank coach Jane Carter for all of her hard work and dedicated training. They also bid Manning a fond farewell. She enjoyed a long successful partnership with the High School’s equestrian teams, but is now off to university.