EQUESTRIAN: Malmesbury excel at National Schools Equestrian Association Championships
8:38am Friday 1st November 2013 in Sport
MALMESBURY SCHOOL confirmed its status as a tremendous source of riding talent when returning from the National Schools Equestrian Association Championships at Addington as Reserve Champions in both the Open Show Jumping and the Dressage.
It was a magnificent result for Malmesbury, managed by Sam Pyle, as there were more than 30 teams in every championship class from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.
The senior team of Kirsty Poulton, Evie Dyer, Miranda King and Rosie Pyle set the ball rolling on the Friday of the competition when becoming Reserve Champions in the Open Show Jumping Championship.
All riders and ponies performed exceptionally well and they were beaten to the top prize only on time.
Kirsty also finished eighth in the individual section of the 1.15m show jumping on her pony Crystal, who had already jumped two great rounds in the open team class earlier in the day.
Also on the Friday, the team of Tash Bailey, Charlotte Bailey, Freya Dibble and Isabel Stevens made it through to the final stage in the National County Championships, eventually finishing eighth.
Isabel had also qualified to represent Wiltshire as an individual in this class and ended up seventh overall.
Saturday was less successful for the show jumpers when the Malmesbury team in the Intermediate Championship class failed to make it to the final round, although Miranda King did jump a lovely clear.
However, Abbie Newbury kept the Malmesbury flag flying by finishing second in the Medium Dressage class with a superb test.
Malmesbury claimed their second Reserve Champion award on the Sunday when the dressage team of Paige Davy, Rosie Pyle, Tash Bailey and Abbie Newbury, put in some amazing performances to finish runners-up, having been third 12 months previously.
In the Novice Show Jumping Championship, all four riders – Florence Dyer, Katie Pyle, Tash Bailey and Freya Dibble, jumped fine clear rounds and finished on a zero score. But such was the level of competition that they ended up ninth on time and only the top eight went through to the final.
The last class of the day saw Miranda King, riding Woody, just miss out on the individual placings despite jumping a smashing round.
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