Dean Close is very proud to have two riders competing at the Horse of the Year Show 2017; Molly Davies on Cuffesgrange For Sure and Lucy Scudamore on Absolutely Broadgrove. The prestigious show that has been running since 1949 is one of the longest standing horse shows in history. It is billed as ‘the finale to the showing year and the climax to the domestic show jumping year… a place which all horse owners and riders aspire to be a part of’.

Lucy has had success representing the School Dressage Team while Molly has been part of several winning teams for the School in Show Jumping and Jumping with Style. Molly also held the title for Individual National School Champion at 1.10m for both 2015 and 2016. As well as representing the Dean Close Equestrian Team on numerous occasions, the two seasoned riders have both had huge triumphs outside of School.

Sixth Former Molly Davies has been riding since the age of 3 and was part of very successful pony club teams until she found her love of show jumping aged 12. Since then Molly has gone from strength to strength winning multiple titles and awards. Her longest partnership has been with her 148cm pony Cuffesgrange For Sure – aka Roy. During their time together Molly and Roy have won 16 British Show jumping Competitions and been placed in a further 58 British Show jumping Competitions as well as competing in the National Pony Gold League for the last three years. Molly will be ending her fantastic season jumping in the Leading Pony Showjumper of the Year at the Horse of the Year Show.

Lucy Scudamore has also had a very successful riding career in the showing arena from a young age. She is no stranger to riding at the Horse of the Year Show having previously qualified and ridden there. This year, Lucy will be competing on her new pony, Broadgrove Absolutely, and this fairly new partnership has been on a winning streak. In April the pair qualified for the Royal International Horse Show at BSPS Wales Spring Show. To top it all off Lucy has qualified for not one but two classes at this year’s Horse of the Year Show; the 143cm Show Hunter Pony Class and the 148cm Show Pony Class.

Head of Equestrianism at Dean Close School, Fleur Cradock, said; “At Dean Close we have riders competing in all Equestrian disciplines from British Eventing and Show Jumping to Vaulting. Our teams have had a very successful year so far, qualifying for the upcoming National Schools Equestrian Association Championships. Having two riders from the team competing in different disciplines at the ‘world’s most famous horse show’ is a real boost for the team and a credit to all the hard work and dedication that Molly and Lucy put into their riding. We wish them both the very best of luck!”

Molly Davies – Picture by ‘Top Shots Photography’ Lucy Scudamore – Picture by ‘Real Time Imaging’