Leweston Riders' success at Addington and new National Champion
Friday, November 1, 2019
The NSEA National Schools Championships are a significant event in our equestrian calendar, the standard of riding and level of competitiveness is rising yearly and all of the courses are challenging and technical. It is an a fantastic achievement to qualify and equally challenging to get placed as a team or individual.
Leweston sent 13 qualified teams and 28 Individual entries competing for team and individual honours in Show Jumping, Dressage and Arena Eventing (Jumping with Style).
Congratulations go to Issy C who was named the new National Preliminary Dressage Champion after winning the Dressage ride-off riding her sister's lovely pony Courtenay Autumn. This was a significant win in a very competitive class.
The Dressage Team of Issy, Charlie, Phoebe and Clemmie took a well earned Sixth Team place (out of 37 teams) in the last event on thr Sunday. Phoebe and Clemmie had to wait until the very end of the day to ride their tests and both performed to their very best in the dusk. Issy again had an inspired ride on Autumn and won her arena with a whopping 80.96%.
Most of the classes had over 37 teams entered whilst the 90-95cm had 52 teams! Leweston entered 18 riders and 21 horses and had one of the biggest teams at Addington. Our youngest rider to compete this year at the Championships is in Year 6 and oldest was last year's Equestrian Captain Maria who left after her A Levels in July but was able to return to compete in these championships.
Our best team result was in the very technical and challenging 1.10m Show Jumping when Sacha, Rosie, Phoebe and Clemmie took 5th place. The Regional Points League Team Show Jumping Final gave the opportunity for some of our new and more novice riders or horses to compete at a championship and the 8 riders (2x70cm, 2x80cm, 2x90cm, 2x1m) accredited themselves well, with the team taking Seventh place. Maria and her horse Finley were competing in their final NSEA Championships for Leweston, their best result was a brilliant Fifth place in the 1.10m JWS Championships.
We have some very exciting young riders coming through the ranks and all will have gained invaluable experience riding at these championships. To have this many riders and horses at Addington is a great achievement and takes a lot of individual hard work and dedication in the lead up to such an event.
The NSEA organisers have sent their grateful thanks to all of the Leweston parents and riders who worked tirelessly stewarding and pole-picking throughout the four days.
Well done to :-
Henrietta J, Poppy Y, May S, Jessica W, Maisy M, Molly C, Charlie W, Flora SB, Loveday F, Mia K, Isabel W, Rosie G, Phoebe S, Clemmie K, Issy C, Sacha GD, Matilda J, Maria S.