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Matthew Burns

Sedbergh equestrian goes from strength to strength

It has been a busy summer for our equestrian team, with a full schedule of training and competing ahead of the start of the School year.

Four of the Prep School pupils experienced an unforgettable training session from Olympic silver medallist, Nicola Wilson. Sam (Year 8), Toby (Year 6), Elsie (Year 7) and Harriet (Year 5), joined the Senior School riders for a once in a lifetime Sedbergh team training day. The day consisted of lots of show jumping exercises, where all of our riders were tested but keen to impress. The team were lucky enough to be given a full tour of Nicola’s yard by her Head Girl, with the opportunity to meet all of her top horses – including one that has qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Having spent the day in Wilson’s training arena, the team finished off with a water jump which was great fun for everyone and a perfect way to wrap up an incredible day.
Thank you to Nicola Wilson for your inspirational teaching and an unforgettable day.” Said Mrs Faye Barker, Sedbergh equestrian team manager.

At the end of the summer holidays, four pupils travelled up to the famous Ian Stark Equestrian Centre, near Selkirk. The team enjoyed a fabulous two days, having fun camping at the Horse B&B and making the most of the weather with al fresco dinners. The Sedbergh riders took the top three places in the 65cm warm up class, with some brilliant riding from Elsie who finished first, Harriet in second and Hamish (Year 6) who finished third. The 75cm qualifying class was an increase in height for the riders and included some technical cross-country fences. Our riders battled their nerves and gave their all to finish third, just missing out on National qualification. Tink (Year 7) went on to complete a superb round in the 85cm event, jumping with style to secure a much sought-after qualification for the Nationals next month.

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