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On a very hot Saturday (17th June) a team of riders represented Trent in the National Schools Equestrian Association County Championships at Arena UK in Grantham. At stake was a place in the National Finals in October. Trent entered teams in both the Dressage and Show Jumping Competitions across a range of categories.
First to compete were the Show Jumpers and Poppy Dargan continued her tremendous form in winning the 70cm, 14 years and under competition. This qualifies her for the NSEA National Championships later in the year. Poppy also competed as an individual in the U18 category, at 80cm, and put in another tremendous performance to finish 2nd overall.
Two teams entered the 18yrs and under 80cm competition. The first team jumpof Poppy Dargan, Poppy Field, Charlie Shaw and Chessie Schroeder were, on paper, the stronger team but on the day, and probably due to the heat, were not quite on form. The second team of; Sophie Shaw, Ellie Brenan and Jess Lumby also didn’t quite manage to perform to their best and left us without a qualifier for later in the year . This is a competitive level and can only be won if all riders are at their best.
Trent also fielded a team in the 18 years and under 90cm competition. Charlie Shaw, Poppy Dargan, Kate Thompson and Chessie Shroeder all jumped well, but they were disappointed not to have gained a place in the Finals. This is an event that Trent will hope to do well in next season. It is the first time that Trent has entered the NSEA competitions and the team all acquitted themselves extremely well. They have a bright future ahead of them.
For the first ever Trent dressage team outing, Jess Lumby and Sophie Shaw rode preliminary tests. Kate Thompson and Poppy Field rode Novice tests, and a team second place saw them gain qualification for the Nationals following an excellent round from Jess Lumby (who scored the highest percentage).
Poppy Field then rode in the elementary Dressage as an individual and came second, only a fraction of a percentage point behind the winner - she also qualified for the National Finals.
It was the first time Chessie Schroeder and Jess Lumby had represented the school equestrian team and both were invaluable assets. The girls enjoyed the day, despite the heat and are looking forward to the coming Finals. These will be held at Addington Manor in Buckinghamshire in October.
Congratulations to all concerned and thank you to all the riders and Mrs Field for their hard work and commitment in getting the team up and running in such a positive manner.