Once again it has been an impressive term for the Dean Close Equestrian Team. During the summer holidays, at the Inter Schools Hurst Point Finals at Hickstead, the Dean Close Show Jumping Team of Molly Davies (capt) Lydia Ward and Georgia Day finished second overall in the 1m finals. Dean Close came out on top against 42 other schools in England- a huge achievement by all.
In the October Half Term, Dean Close qualified for five classes at the NSEA Championship Finals. The team was placed in each class they competed in, with only three riders and five horses this was an excellent result. The riders did not come away with any wins, however, the girls showed resilience and determination as well as impressive riding ability. The 1.10m Show Jumping Team qualified for the jump off and finished third place. Molly Davies, Lydia Ward and Georgia Day rode in the Elite 1.15m/1.20 Show Jumping class with Molly Davies finishing 5th and 8th on her horses in a competitive final. Georgia Day finished 7th in her 1.10m Show Jumping pony final and Lydia ward finished 5th and 3rd in the 1m and 1.10m Jumping with Style final; a huge achievement with classes of over 120 riders.
Lydia Ward continues to be a talisman for Dean Close Eventing and Dressage. She was the individual winner of both the Dressage and Eventing Pony Club Senior Championship 2018 and also won her section of the NSEA Eventing BE100 Championship.
Molly Davies is shaping up to be a top class Show Jumper. Molly has been jumping abroad for Great Britain in the National Cup squad at 1.30m and 1.40m aiming for U21 GB selections. Molly has also achieved back to back wins in the 1.20 classes held at Summer House Equestrian Centre.
Isabella Stevens has also had some outstanding achievements this term, coming 5th in the NSEA Eventing Championship in the BE 90cms and 3RD in the 90cm Show Jumping at the CLC event at Rectory Farm from competing against 125 other riders.
Head of Equestrianism, Fleur Cradock, said, “The Equestrian Team continues to grow and thrive. The first Preparatory School Foundation Team training session was held on 1st December with riders from both DCPS and SJOH attending. The future of equestrianism at the Dean Close Foundation looks bright.”