Riders jump their way into National Championships

Four female riders in riding gear and holding  rosettes

The RGS Riding Club has qualified for the National Championships after enjoying success at the prestigious Belsay International Horse Trials.

Five riders took part in the event, with Libby C (L6), Jessie C (Yr10), Ruby N (Yr 10) and Bea C (Yr7) competing as a team, and Sophie D (Yr 10) as an individual, all in show jumping classes.

Taking the decision not to go for speed in the 85cm class paid off for the team who came first in what is considered the most competitive class, with two of the four riders getting a clear round. The girls also created Riding Club history by becoming the first team to ever win a class at Belsay.

In the individual competition, Sophie rode a beautiful clear round and narrowly missed out on qualification. 

Speaking about their success, club leader, Mrs Hutchinson, said: “This was the all-time best performance by the Riding Club and we’re thrilled with the result as we weren’t expecting to win.

“We enjoy entering these competitions for fun but this was a delightful surprise.”

Around 185 riders from 16 different schools in the North took part in the Belsay International Horse Trials and the win for the team means they will head to Buckinghamshire in October to take part in the National Championships.

If anyone is interested in joining the Riding Club, please email Mrs Hutchinson.  

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