Splashing time for school showjumping

By Clare Newman

Friday, July 18, 2014


Splashing time for school showjumping

Neve Ruler from Carisbrooke College on Salty Grey Storm.


THERE were two exciting jump-offs to decide the winners of the IW Inter-School Showjumping competition at a wet Little Kennerley Farm, Godshill, last week.

The primary schools’ title was an individual contest and after the first two rounds, three riders were tied with zero faults.

Winning the jump-off was Millie Meadows, of Binstead Primary, with Verity Lightbown, from Arreton Primary, second and Alesi Buckland, from Weston, third.

There was also a jump-off in the high schools’ Years 7 to 9 contest for the Key Stage 3 Cup.

At the end of the two rounds there were two teams with zero faults, and in the end it was Medina College A (JayJay Rand, Helena Vale, Lauren Wheeler and Jessica Read), who edged out Christ the King A (Tyler Harris, Lauren South, Chloe Fletcher and Harleigh Lilley) for the title. Ryde Academy (Zoe Hiscock, Courtney Moore, Tia Watkin and Sophie Wickham) were third.

The Years 10 and over competition was an individual one and the riders in this round had the worst of the weather to contend with. Nevertheless, India Pearson had the skill to take the win for Ryde Academy, with Gina Stevens (Carisbrooke College) second and Shannon Bridger (Ryde Academy) third.

The day was organised by Karen Begley and Barry Penn. Karen said: "We would like to thank both the staff and pupils from all the schools who took part. The day went very smoothly and the atmosphere was excellent.

"The weather could have been kinder to us as we had everything from glorious sunshine to thunder and lightning."

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