The Senior Equestrians were out over the first week of the half term contesting the National Qualifiers for both Dressage and Show Jumping. A lot of competitions were suspended over the summer lockdown meaning that the small window of opportunity for schools to compete saw high numbers of entries and classes balloted. Dean Close took two dressage teams and individuals to Kings Bromyard EC. All of the riders and horses performed beautifully with 12 teams contesting the two national qualifications the team of Bella and Mimi from Year 12 and two riders from DCPS achieved some incredible personal bests to take team 2nd and their NSEA National Final place. Bella also took Individual 1st in the Prelim and 2nd in the Novice booking her individual place for the National Finals. The team of Emily (Year 13) and Mimi in her other class and prep riders also rode fluent tests to take team 5th and take their qualification for the NSEA Plate Championships. A great result for the Dressage teams who hadn’t been out since March.
The Teams then turned to the NSEA Show Jumping National qualifiers again hosted at Kings Bromyard. The Indoor arena was set with a tough up to height track. The team of Bella, Mimi, and Emily on their versatile eventers were joined by new team scholarship rider Freddie (Year 9), they rode tactful rounds to take team 3rd and secure their qualification for the NSEA Plate Championships. Bella took the Individual win and her National Individual Qualification. Freddie then moved onto his other horse to join the same team in the 1m. This track caused issues for all the school teams. The. Dean Close team did an excellent job to get all the team riders to complete to take the Team win and their National Qualification and Elite Hickstead Qualification. Bella also took Individual 2nd. Bella had already achieved her Individual National qualification at this height therefore this rolled to Mimi who had put in an impressive round on her new eventer to take 5th individually.
Freddie completed the day by showing a skilful and only clear in the 1.10 horse to take the win and book his place at the 1.10 National Finals and his place to jump in the All England Jumping arena at Hickstead in the 1.10 in the Elite finals. An exciting start for this young equestrian.
Over the course of the two days of competition the Teams achieved:
2 Team National Qualifications and 4 National Individual Qualifications
1 Team Elite Qualification 2 Elite Individual
2 Team Plate Championship Qualifications
The equestrian team riders have a lot to look forward to in 2021.