Langley School pupils top of the class at Anvil Park

Langley riders, from left, Oliver Kidner, Polly Papworth, Evie Matthews and Sophie Turner. Photo: Su

Langley riders, from left, Oliver Kidner, Polly Papworth, Evie Matthews and Sophie Turner. Photo: Submitted - Credit: Archant

Norwich-based Langley School enjoyed total domination in the team competitions at the National Schools Equestrian Association show jumping qualifier at Anvil Park Stud.

The school took top spot in every class – the 60cm, 70cm, 80cm and 90cm – with individual riders from the teams winning almost every class.

This was the first competition of the year for the successful Norfolk school, who first created a team back in 2014.

Last year proved particularly prosperous for the students, gaining a win in the team dressage competition at the NSEA national championships held at Addington Manor, as well as a top-10 placing in the 80cm team show jumping competition – and they are hoping for even better results this season.

Following closely behind was the Old Buckenham High School, whose equestrian team was put together by parent Alison Gilmour. The school sent a total of three teams to the weekend's show jumping competition and managed to grab second to Langley in every class.


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It was a great achievement for the small school which is keen to qualify for, and attend, this year's national championships taking place at the end of October.

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Classes ranged from intro to elementary with a specialised 'pick your own' class at the end of the day. Throughout the day the scores were high, the riders were delighted and the horses were gleaming.

One competitor, Emma Claridge, and her ex-racer, Back From The Brink, or Binky for short, had some good success in the intro class gaining fourth place with over 56pc.

Binky recently moved up to the college to be cared for and ridden by the students. He has been a great addition to the equine yard and it is lovely for Claridge to see him at work and looking so well.

Close friend of Emma, Martine Mallett, had a good outing with her 15-year-old dun pony Libby. The pair scored over 58pc for sixth place in the Intro B class.

Mallett described Libby as 'extremely strong' so riding in a snaffle is a challenge in itself.

The top score of the day was awarded to Judith Barker and her horse Never Diss Miss, who achieved 69pc in the Prelim Two class to take the win.

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