During the Easter holidays, the Dean Close Equestrian Team celebrated a great result in the dressage arena. The Dressage Team qualified for the Dressage NSEA County Cup Finals. The team; Lydia Ward (Capt), Millie Tingey, Emma Williams, Mimi Payton are extremely excited to represent Gloucestershire at King’s Bromyard Equestrian Centre later this term.

Four Senior School pupils have also had outstanding individual achievements outside of School.

Fifth Form pupil, Lucy Scudamore, made a triumphant return to the ring for 2018 on her Show Hunter Pony, Broadgrove Absolutely, winning and qualifying for the Royal International Horse Show which will be held during the summer holidays at Hickstead All England Show Ground. This was especially poignant for Lucy, as in her GCSE year this was the only show she would be contesting in and she made it a winning one!

Mimi Payton, Fourth Form, has beenachieving great things in the dressage arena on her pony Sadie, winning back to back, Open Prelim classes at Hunters Equestrian Centre. She has also made a great start to the eventing season with two top ten placings in Eventer Challenges on her jumping pony, Mount Eagle Esperanto.

The School’s Dressage and Eventing Captain, Lydia Ward, had an outstanding win on her new ride Heathcliff III in the Dengie Pony Club Dressage Finals at Addington Manor. Lydia scored an incredible score of 76%. Leo, as he is known in the stable, is only five years old and proving to be a very exciting, new eventing prospect for Lydia as she competes at the U18 trials.

Head of Equestrianism, Fleur Cradock, said, “The Equestrian Team have once again been having a run of very good results. The riders are dedicated and hardworking as it takes a lot of commitment and focus to achieve what they have with their other school commitments. There are some very talented riders emerging and I look forward to watching and supporting their progress along the way. I would like to thank the parents of our riders who regularly give up their time to come out for competitions and always do so with a great sense of humour and support for all the Dean Close riders”.