After what felt like months of being grounded, Equestrian Sport was given the go head to restart in July. Soon followed the confirmation from the NSEA that both the Windsor Interschool Show Jumping and Eventer Challenge finals would take place at the All England Show Jumping Grounds at Hickstead at the end of August. There was a very different feel to the competition with strict new protocols for schools and the riders but it was good to have the team back out and competing.
Dean Close riders from both the preparatory and senior school came together once more to ride as one team in the 80cms Eventer Challenge championship finals. All the riders put in excellent performances over a technical course and with 42 schools contesting there was no room for error – sadly a couple of poles saw us out of the team top 6. However Isabella Stevens in year 12, on her new horse ‘Totally Worth It’, rode an incredible clear to take individual 4th out of the 187 riders on the day!
A team of Isabella Stevens, Georgia Day, Gabriel Mattlè and Maddie Melville –Smith competed in the Windsor Interschool’s SJ Final. To achieve qualification as one of the 22 schools in the country to be eligible to jump was a huge achievement in itself. The final was due to be held at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in May but due to restrictions this was postponed and moved to Hickstead. It was a tricky course and the team all rode very mature rounds to take overall team 6th with some young riders and new combinations. Another brilliant result!