Spalding High School equestrian team into national final

FINALISTS: Spalding High Schools team. From left, Helen Peach and Fergie, Yasmin Peach on Timmy, Holly Hetherington on Pi and Lucy Daly on Ralph.
FINALISTS: Spalding High Schools team. From left, Helen Peach and Fergie, Yasmin Peach on Timmy, Holly Hetherington on Pi and Lucy Daly on Ralph.

Four riders from Spalding High School travelled to Northallerton Equestrian Centre in North Yorkshire for a national qualifier.

And the six-hour round trip proved worth it for the Addo Food Group sponsored team with a qualification for the NSEA National Final in October 
achieved in the 1.05m show jumping class.

CLASS AND COMPSOURE: Lucy Daly on Ralphie G (Ralph at home) in the 1.10m class.

CLASS AND COMPSOURE: Lucy Daly on Ralphie G (Ralph at home) in the 1.10m class.

First in was youngest on the team Helen Peach who secured their first much-needed clear round, proving again the perfect lead off.

Captain Holly Hetherington was second, having stepped up to this level with her new ride Woodend Pride (or ‘Pi’ at home), and produced another clear which she was delighted with.

Helen’s older sister Yasmin sought to follow in her teammates’ footsteps as third in the ring and produced an impressive round on her young horse Lissavalley Solo (‘Timmy’ to his friends), with only four faults to show.

Last in was Lucy Daly who rode with her usual class and composure to add just one more pole to their team score.

Earlier in the day the team also competed in the 95cm show jumping class with Hetherington and Daly having to ride separately from the Peach sisters as a result of a tyre blow out stranding half the team on the motorway.

The sisters, however, were remarkably calm and rode well despite the pressure of having to learn and ride the course in a short space of time.

Daly and Hetherington also rode nice rounds to secure the team with fifth place.

Daly also rode a strong round in the 1.10m class with only one pole down.

The highlight of the day was the win in a strong and competitive class.

Hetherington said: “I am so proud of all the girls who really pulled through and gave another great team performance.

“We are incredibly fortunate to have the backing of Addo, unbelievably supportive parents and truly special horses which makes the whole experience that much more enjoyable.”

With qualifications for the championships getting harder to acquire year on year the team are delighted to successfully have one qualification in the bag, especially for Hetherington and Yasmin Peach who are competing in their final season for the team.

The quartet are hoping their success continues at future qualifiers in the coming months with the rest of their team.