Norfolk success at Inter Academy team show

Norfolk's British Show Jumping academy star Freya Russel

Norfolk's British Show Jumping academy star Freya Russel - Credit: Archant

There was more success for Norfolk's British Show jumping academy riders at this year's Inter Academy team show at Weston Lawns.

Seventeen horses and ponies with their riders and parents made the journey to face teams from as far as Scotland in a great couple of day's jumping. There were so many teams it was doubtful whether the last teams to jump would do so in the light – but it just about stayed light enough to get all the riders round.

Norfolk's 'mini' team of Atiyah Bussey, Isabel Staff, Charlotte Rose Eyre and Freya Russell very narrowly missed out on team gold, but Freya, on her lovely pony, Ardentaggle Caeser lifted individual gold in the mini section with a fantastic jump off round out of 90 starters in that section.

A new section this year, the 1 and 2* NAF Style and Performance awards, was inundated with entries, with 60 children forward to compete.

If they had gained their 1/2* award through their academy training, filling in log books, working through flat work and jumping and stable management, they were then eligible to complete. It involved riding a dressage test and jumping around a course of jumps and a team of judges were marking their performances. Both Charlotte Rose Eyre and Shannon Smith were involved from Norfolk's Academy and both rode a beautiful test, even though they had never done dressage before and rode very stylish showjumping rounds. When it came to the result no one knew how the judges had scored so they were delighted when Shannon won gold medal for the 1* riders. She has great support from her family, including her mother Anna Peruzzi Smith, herself a great jumping rider.

The rest of Norfolk's riders jumped fantastically well incuding the Maxi team of Paige Staff, Shannon Smith, Ruth Gayton and Milli Gray, the mature Maxi line-up of India Bussey, Nissi Ladell, Ruth Gayton, and Shannon Smith and the adult section, on horses, who were Nissi Ladell, Anna Spratt, Millie Thompson and Annie Lyles.

Anyone interested in joining and attending the Norfolk Academy for training should call Tamsin on 07776137730.

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n The eighth annual East Walton Pleasure Ride is to be held on Sunday, September 8, from 10am to 2pm. There will be two routes of approximately 10 and five miles around East Walton, West Acre and Gayton Thorpe, through varied countryside and mainly off road, with optional fords and jumps. Homemade refreshments will be available and all who take part will receive a rosette.

Entry fees are £15 on the day or £10 before September 5. All proceeds to be shared equally between the East Anglian Air Ambulance and East Walton Church Restoration Fund. Contact Rachel Lewis on 01750 337268 or 07771675331 or email: for entry forms.

Wymondham-based Zoe Young is preparing to travel to Scotland to represent England and East Anglia at the British Dressage Home International competition in September.

Zoe's champion ride is the family owned Angelos II – known around the yard as Angel.

The warm blood X Arab gelding has been having a smashing season, converting to the flat only this year. Zoe says that despite his name he isn't as angelic as one might expect, adding: 'He hasn't been easy to train, being quite quirky in nature. However I persevered as I knew he was talented. We have now formed a great bond and the hard work is paying off.'

Zoe and Angel are part of the Norfolk winning team at the British Dressage inter-counties competition later this year. After winning here Zoe was asked by the selectors to try out for the Eastern Region and then choose her afterlooking at her previous results and placings.

A part time recruitment consultant, Zoe will be competing against Wales, Scotland and Ireland at the home internationals in the novice open class.

'Our future plans are to compete at the Petplan Area Festivals at Elementary level,' she said. 'We are so happy to make the team after the disappointment of just missing out on a qualifying place at the BD regional championships last month, where we came fourth in the novice restricted class.'

nHaving qualified at Poplar Park earlier in the holidays, the North Norfolk Pony Club were successful at the Novice Pony Club Championships at Kelsall Hill in Cheshire.

The show jumping team – comprising Archie Jones (11) on Chebsey Snowcloud, Letitia Bulwer Long (14) on Crack The Puzzle, Esther Anderson (15) on Ranchwood Latte and Rosetta Procter Smith (16) on Pathfinder Bella, came tenth out of 28 teams.

The first round was around a difficult course built on a hill and was quite wet and rainy early on in the day, making for difficult jumping conditions. The team carried 12 faults forward to the second round, but with nerves out of the way, all members jumped much more fluently in the second round and added no further penalties.

There was then a long wait for the remaining teams to jump and they were all delighted to be among the rosettes. Special mention must go to Letitia who was one of only 16 double clears in the whole competition. She had postponed her summer holiday to take part.

Two local combinations have secured places at next month's British Dressage National Championships at Stoneleigh.

Both took part in the regional final near Milton Keynes. In the Open Medium class, Attleborough dressage trainer Pippa Childerhouse's stallion Amour G and Dan Odell finished fourth in the largest class of the regional competitions. Pippa said: 'It was a huge class of great quality and I was just hoping they would finish in the top half. To achieve not only a regional place but a direct ticket to the nationals is wonderful.'

It will be the second trip to the Championships for Odell and Amour G. They placed in the Open Novice section two years ago but missed out last year due to a rider injury.

Chelie Lear from Norwich, riding her own Zenith IV, finished fifth in the restricted Elementary class. Thrilled with their performance, they were just outside the qualifying places but a good score meant they were awarded a wild card.

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