St Francis Equestrian Team

The school equestrian team had their first one day event of the season where each member had to complete a dressage test, show jumping round and cross country course.

The team had an amazing day against very stiff competition from 21 other schools. Lottie was at her first competition with new pony Mouse; they had a super day with a 24 dressage (the lower the better), a clear show jumping and cross country round, and they won their section by 5 points. Pippa was riding pony Simba, they had a good dressage of 29, were clear cross country and show jumping to come 3rd in their section only 1.5 points off the winner. Amelia was riding faithful companion Peanut, they had a super dressage score of 32, clear show jumping and an incredibly unlucky run out at the very last fence cross country. It was the biggest course they have tackled and look like a really exciting combination for the season ahead.

For the team competition you can have 4 members and select the 3 lowest scores. St Francis has 3 team members so every score counts. The team came third overall which was a fantastic achievement and won bags full of goodies for ponies and riders.

The team had another hugely successful weekend against very strong competition from a variety of schools including Daunstey’s, St Mary’s, Chafyn Grove, Stonar, Marlborough College, Cheltenham Ladies College and Bradfield. The three girls took part in 4 different classes with 4 ponies over the course of the day.

The first class was showjumping and Pippa and her pony Simba were 3rd, while Amelia and Peanut came a super 7th out of 35 competitors. The second class was showjumping against the clock. This was one of the largest classes of the day with over 50 competitors. The St Francis team came an amazing 2nd while individually the girls claimed 7th, 8th and 9th respectively for Pippa, Lottie and Amelia.

The girls were wonderfully supportive of each other, polite and helpful all day – a credit to St Francis….well done, girls. We were very proud of you and your very clever ponies….polos all round!