Five equestrians qualify for nationals.
The Dean Close Foundation was proud to run our 5th DCF Eventer Challenge event at Rectory Farm on 27th October.
After a misty start the sun came out on us and shone some autumn sun. The DCPS riders had a great day for the Foundation, taking a team and individual NSEA Eventer Challenge National Qualifications. The course was set over 21 fences show jumps and X-country, it was technical, challenging and caused a number of issues for riders and ponies alike. It was a real testament to the DCPS riders, Joe Webb yr6, William Goldstone yr7, and Fenella Cradock yr8 who jumped excellent rounds to take the 70-75cms team win. William on his 2nd ride also took the individual win as well, great riding from everyone, at a great event. Well done to all the Team and Individual winners on the day.
The Foundation riders returned for another day of competition at
the Pinewood School Eventer Challenge Event on 28th at Rectory Farm, DCS riders yr11 Minah Harrison Bayliss in the 70-75cms and yr10, Arthur Clarkson in 80-85cms joined the DCPS riders to jump in the EC NSEA National Qualifiers. The course of 21 fences, was still as tough seeing many riders and schools not complete. The 70-75 team of yr11 Minah Harrison- Bayliss, DCPS Joe Webb yr6, Rose Wakley and Fenella Cradock yr8 produced some great riding to take the team win and their National qualification . In the 80-85cms, yr10 Arthur Clarkson had some unlucky faults but DCPS Fenella Cradock, Joe Webb and yr8 Rose Wakley flew three clears, the only team over the two days of competition to complete on a zero score and take the 80-85cms team win and another National Qualification. DCPS Rose Wakley also completed a great day of competition by taking the individual 80-85cms win as well. In the 90-95cms the Eventing Team Capt. yr12 Corinna Clarkson joined Arthur Clarkson and DCPS Rose Wakley, great rounds but some unlucky faults, saw them pick up a very credible team 3rd place narrowly missing out on the team qualification, but great strong riding from the DCF squad once more.
Two fantastic days of competition, thank you to Rectory Farm and to all the schools and riders that came to our Event.
By Mrs Cradock - Director of Equestrianism
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