The Burgess Hill Girls Equestrian Team participated in a show jumping competition at Coombelands Equestrian Centre despite the pouring rain and strong winds on the 4th October.
First up in the clear round we had Alexa S and Alice T who produced a lovely clear round and Alexa an unlucky pole. Alexa and Alice then took part in the 40cm with Alice coming 1st out of 31 people and Alexa an excellent 5th place.
Next Poppi S, Annabel S and Heidi R took part in the 50cm, with a clear for Poppi and Annabel and 8 faults for Heidi. The team finished in 7th Place overall and Annabel finished 9th individually.
In the 60cm competition Heidi, Kirstin, Poppi and Annabel smashed the 60cm class winning in fine style. Kirstin won overall and Annabel came 8th out of 38 riders.
Scarlett and Kirstin entered the 70cm with Kirstin knocking the penultimate pole but rode in a very quick time. Scarlett had a very unlucky 8 faults with a new young horse.
The 80cm team included Scarlett, Klara and Olivia. Klara went clear and Scarlett and Olivia had an unlucky pole. The team came an incredible 2nd. The last class for the day was Klara taking part in the 90cm gaining 4th Place.
Team Captain – Klara Robbins
The Grass Roots riders compete in qualifying competitions throughout the year. The first six placed teams (3 or 4 riders in a team) and individuals qualify for the Grass Roots South East Regional Championships which this year are being held at Felbridge Showground on 5th December. These qualifiers are hotly contested with up to 50 competitors in a class. Burgess Hill Girls have competed in three qualifiers this year.
Senior Team Manager, Kirsty Wilson says “All the girls performed brilliantly in extreme weather conditions showing extreme dedication and commitment to their school and the sport. Fantastic individual and team placings. The team spirit was phenomenal and they were all a real credit to the school.”