Alton Convent School show jumpers had another successful day at our inaugural grassroots competition held at the Priory Equestrian Centre, on the outskirts of Farnham on the 15th May.
It was the first time that the school had held a show aimed at developing the confidence and competition experience of younger pupils, and it was wonderful to see so many children excel in a friendly, warm and encouraging atmosphere.
Teams and individuals from across the South entered from a range of different schools and pony clubs. For some, it was their first taste of competition experience; but with many keen to win some of the fantastic prizes, sashes and rosettes on offer, competition was strong!
Alton Convent School pupils were out in force, and were feeling confident after a super practice with team trainer Annie Whttet the day before.
We had two teams in Class 1, with Alexander Smythe, Joseph Smythe, and Alex Stapleton from Year one all competing for the first time. They came a creditable 6th and were the only all boys team of the day! Benjy and Bethany Naylor-Davis teamed up with Erin Brown to achieve a well earned 2nd place. Bethany Naylor-Davis won the class individually on Barney Rubble, with Alexander Smythe coming 6th on Bella.
In Class 2 Benjy Naylor-Davis, Imogen Smythe, Paige Sanders and Bethany Naylor-Davis came 3rd as a team, with Imogen and Paige coming 2nd and 3rd individually. Alex Stapleton and Erin Brown put in a sterling performance, but were unplaced on this occasion.
In Class 3, the 40cm team ACS won with double clears from all of its team members. Jenna Lowe, Paige Sanders, Imogen Smythe and Benjy Naylor-Davis held off strong competition to take the title. Paige Sanders came 5th and achieved the judge’s style prize for her smooth round, whilst Bethany Naylor-Davis who was competing for the first time at this height, sped round to achieve a fast 3rd individual place!
Class 4 saw some challenging courses for the older pupils, but ACS were not phased and remained calm under pressure. Ella Winn, Ruby Mann and Jessica Rendall held their own with a decisive win, despite having new ponies to get used to. Amelia Smythe, Grace Russell and Isabel Rendall were also riding ponies who were very new to them, and came a creditable 5th. Ruby Mann on Roxy stormed to individual victory, whilst Ella Winn and Dinah came 6th.
In Class 5 Ella Winn was victorious individually, with Ruby Mann coming a close 3rd. It was a fast jump off and both made good use of the turns available. They teamed up with Emily Devlin and Jessica Rendall to come 2nd overall, whilst Amelia, Isabel and Grace improved with each round to come 5th.
In Class 6 we had a young team on fairly new ponies, and they worked well together to come a creditable 4th. Special mention goes to Alice Lanyon Year 7, who was part of the winning team! She combined forces with Yately Manor Prep School and helped them to victory by jumping a super round on her pony Rocket.
We had an excellent day, and were so proud of everyone who took part. A huge thank you to all of the parents, pupils, staff and friends who made this day such a success!