A quintet from Spalding High School’s equestrian team travelled to Addington Manor Equestrian Centre in Buckinghamshire to compete at the NSEA’s National Championships, from October 23-25.
The team of Helen and Yasmin Peach, Amy Whittington and Holly Hetherington competed in the 95cm show jumping competition. They put in strong performances and were unlucky to be out of the top 10, with a classy clear round from team captain Holly Hetherington on her new ride and an unfortunate technical four faults for Helen Peach, who rode superbly and with maturity and confidence beyond her years.
Lucy Daly joined Amy, Helen and Yasmin in the 1.05cm show jumping competition in a bid to place within the top ten teams in the country.
A strong performance from Helen Peach to finish on just four faults set the scene for Whittington, who rode exceptionally in an up-to-height class to give the team their first clear round.
Yasmin Peach was unlucky to have a couple of poles off on her slightly more inexperienced horse before Lucy produced a fantastic final clear round to see the Addo food group sponsored team into tenth place out of nearly 40 teams.
Seeking to finish their weekend on a high, Whittington, Daly, Y Peach and H Peach warmed up for a technical 95cm jumping with style course, which caused problems for some competitors. The nature of this competition meant that riders not only had to avoid gaining penalties but also complete the course inside the optimum time and with as few style penalties as possible.
Helen set the team off with a stylish clear round with only four time penalties. Amy followed suit with another high-class clear to keep the team in contention. Following a slightly tense start, Yasmin produced another lovely round before Lucy, competing as an individual as well as for the team, pulled out the round of the day to finish on just 8.5 and leave the team on a total of 0 jumping penalties.
They finished in a fantastic seventh place, with Lucy Daly sixth in the country individually on her ride Ralphie G.