Spalding High School’s equestrian team enjoyed extraordinary success at a recent national championships qualifying event in Essex.
The talented girls achieved team and individual success in each of the four ‘Jump with Style’ classes, entered against very strong competition at the Norton Heath competition.
Overall, the Spalding squad achieved two first places, one second and a third – with four riders also achieving individual honours.
The 70/75cm team of Olivia Gresswell, Nina Halgarth, Helen Peach and Amy Whittington achieved three clear rounds and were placed third in the class, just missing out on qualification for the national finals.
Helen Peach was also placed third individually.
Also on-song was the 80/85cm team of Lucy Daly, Alice Gresswell, Halgarth and Holly Hetherington, who rode four clear rounds to secure second place in the class.
That was good enough to clinch qualification to the national championships.
Hetherington and the team achieved two first places, one second and a third – with four other riders also achieving individual honours.
Olivia Gresswell also rode individually in the class, riding two clear rounds, while Lucy Daly was placed second individually and qualified for the national championships, closely followed by Hetherington in third.
Spalding also entered two teams in the 90/95cm class, with the first team of Christina Faulkner, Hetherington, Yasmin Peach and Zoe Smith riding three clear rounds and winning the class.
The team qualified for the national championships and Hetherington achieved third place individually, with Smith six.
The second team of Daly, Alice Gresswell, Hetherington and Smith gained some valuable experience but did not manage to place.
Meanwhile, the 1m/1.05m team of Faulkner, Peach and Smith rode three superb rounds and were the only team to go clear in the class.
Consequently, they won the class and qualified for the national championships – with Smith also competing individually and winning the class.
Not done there, she achieved fourth place individually on her other ride.