By Lisa Cesareo, Equestrian Studies , 27 April 2016
On the 23rd and 24th April 2016 four of the Colchester Sixth Form College’s equestrian team set off for a weekend away at Bury Farm for the NSEA national interschool county championships. The team consisted of Chloe-Ann May on Noah, Emily Kerr on Magic, Olivia Phillips on Reggie and Amy Thacker on Sunny - They had a busy weekend ahead! On the Saturday they all arrived after a long drive to Bury Farm, and settled the horses into their stables. That evening Chloe Amy and Livvy were to jump in the 90cm warm up round, with Emily jumping in the 1m. Chloe jumped clear in this, and the rest of the team jumped very well around a technical course. Out of an extremely competitive class with over 65 combinations competing, all four girls did extremely well.
Sunday morning came around, with an 8am course walk and horses to plait the girls had a busy day ahead. They were fairly late to jump in the 90cm, which had almost 150 combinations taking part and all 4 girls had to jump a round both inside and outside. The Sixth form team came a very respectable 22nd place, with Chloe jumping double clear and Emily a very fast 4 faults . The girls then moved on to the 1m class, jumping outside first where both Emily and Chloe jumping clear, and Livvy and Amy riding very well for the team. The indoor track was the most technical of the show, and for some of the team the biggest course they had jumped round. By this time all the horses were tired having already jumped four courses, so it was just Emily, Livvy and Chloe to take on the course. Emily jumped first and set the standard with a double clear, Chloe jumped second and just had the very last pole down having had a clean sheet of 4/4 clears previous to this round, and Livvy rode a fantastic round but felt the course was a big ask of her young horse so retired.
All four girls rode brilliantly all weekend over challenging and up to height courses, well done.
Key to photos (L-R)
Emily Kerr and Magic, Livvy Phillips and Reggie, Amy thacker and Sunny, Chloe-Ann May and Noah