Fantastic day had by all at West Norfolk Schools Showjumping Competition

Despite the weather a fantastic day was had by all at the West Norfolk Schools Showjumping Competition, organised by St Clements High School and held at Lime Kiln Farm EC on Sunday.

Competitors from schools across Norfolk competed both as teams and individuals.

Hethersett High School got the Novice competition off to a flying start, with three of their four riders producing impressive double clears in very fast times.

The team was made up of Isobel Staff, Paige Staff, Georgia Hyde and Georgia Gooch and they went on to take team first ahead of the Terrington Trojans (St Clements High) who comprised Courtney Ali, Sophie Bartram and Abi Boxall.

Individual first went to Isobel Staff and her pony Scotsfords Last Chance, who thanks to a unique route in the jump-off was three seconds faster than her nearest rival.

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Fortunes were reversed in the intermediate class; it was the host school who reigned supreme with Abbie Rayner, Dominic McFarlane, Rosie Robinson and Abi Boxall ahead of Hethersett in second and Pia Lake, Charlotte and Hannah Allgood from Aldermann Peel in third. Individual glory went to Dominic McFarlane and Miniature Hero.

The third class of the day - Puissance – was perhaps the most exciting.

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With the wall starting at 80cm the competition between the 10 starters was keen. By 1.15m only two were left, Rosie Robinson and her 18-year old 13.2hh pony Ardcarrig Snowball and Sophie Bartram and her five-year-old, 14hh pony Copper.

These two girls provided a brilliant display, with the wall going up to 1.18m, 1.22m, 1.25m and finally 1.28m before Sophie and Copper took the honours. The final class of the day was the open, and once again the host school, with their team of Abi Boxall, Dominic McFarlane, Kate Mitchell and Rosie Robinson took the top spot ahead of Aldermann Peel.

Lime Kiln Farm play host to a National Schools Equestrian Association (NSEA) showjumping competition on Saturday, July 21, with classes ranging from 40-80cm. This Sunday, July 15, sees an unaffiliated showing show, with in-hand, ridden, working hunter and fun classes.

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