Posted: 8th June 2022

With eight team events and nine riders competing for individual honours, we had a very busy three days at the All England Jumping Course, Hickstead for the NSEA Eventers Challenge (arena eventing) and National County Dressage and Show jumping Championships during half-term.

The three days of competition started well with our Dressage team coming a very close second in the National County Dressage Championships with May S riding a beautiful test to earn 75% in her arena. Very well done to May S, Molly C, Madeline RS and Maisy M (all the M’s!)

With a second at the Royal Windsor Horse Show and a second in the dressage we were not surprised to just get pipped to second again this time in the Novice (80-85cm) Eventers Challenge Championships!  However, with 44 teams and 222 competitors riding in this event it was a great achievement for the team of Poppy Y, Jessica W, Tara W and Hen J.

Tara W riding Peasedown Toners Neo had a long overnight wait to see where she would eventually be placed Individually and again it was exciting to see a Leweston rider on the podium in the silver position at prizegiving.

Our younger squad riders Eva R, Ruby P, Rosie M and Josie M did exceptionally well and brought a team fourth place back to Dorset in the Mini (70-75cm) National County Show Jumping.

We had one team and two individual riders competing in the mini (70-75cm) Eventers Challenge, the team of Ruby P, Josie M, Hen J and Jessica W came a creditable fifth against thirty-two teams. Tara and Rosie rode lovely Individual rounds but just went a little too quick to get an individual placing.

The Intermediate (90-95cm) Eventers Challenge proved to be a difficult and technical course which saw many riders eliminated, we were very pleased to get both teams ‘home’ in twelfth and fourteenth position. Congratulations to our four riders who rode great clear rounds over this challenging course Maisy M, May S, Madeline RS and Charlie W.

The Open (1m-1.05m) Eventers Challenge was another formidable championship course and tested every rider, our team were just out of the placings in tenth place, Flora SB, Molly C, Charlie W and Madeline RS.  However, Madeline RS rode one of the best rounds of the whole Championships on her second horse Mickey to take a well earned second Individual placing.

Crowning glory came on Day Three in the Intermediate (90-95cm) National County SJ Championships when our team held onto their top spot after the first round and rode thrilling jump-off rounds to win the National County SJ title.

Many congratulations to Molly C, May S, Jessica W and Poppy Y.

These National Championships are the always competitive and only qualified teams and Individuals can compete. We are thrilled to have won a Team National Title for the third year running and to take so many top eight placings, it really was our very best results at Hickstead. Congratulations to these riders and their horses: –

May S, Year 9              FairyHill Floyd and Drop The Subject

Molly C, Year 10            Lisnagrow Ricardo

Poppy Y, Year 9           Minnie May Surprise and Carrabawn Blackthorn

Maisy M, Year 10          Tihue Sept

Madeline R-S, Year 11    Strandhill Mick Dundee and Rocky

Jessica W, Year 9         Tarmon Finbar and Wiscombe Razzle Dazzle

Rosie M, Year 9           Princess Gem

Hen J, Year 8               Pollyanna Gold

Eva R, Year 7               AppleJack

Josie M, Year 7            Craughwell Apache

Ruby P, Year 7             Liscannor Prince

Tara W, Year 9             Peasedown Toners Neo

Flora S-B, Year 11            King Leopald

Charlie W, Year 11        What’s the Craic    

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Hickstead Equestrian 2022

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