The Seaford Prep Equestrian Team had a fantastic day a week ago at Felbridge Showground, East Grinstead, winning both the 50cm and 60cm show jumping classes, and coming 3rd in the 70cm, qualifying for the National Regional finals at all three levels.
The 50cm team was made up of Lauren Goldsmith, Lorna Leatherdale-Edwards, Abigail Jupp and Honey-Bea Hogan with Lorna also winning individually.
The 60cm team was made up of Lauren, Lorna, Abigail & Emily Cook with Lorna 4th individually and Emily 6th. Emily also came 4th individually in the 70cm.
We were competing against school teams from Surrey, East & West Sussex, Kent & Greater London such as Penthorpe, Great Walstead, Ashdown House, Burgess Hill, Hurst, Highfield, Brambletye & Kent College and despite the extreme heat had a wonderful, happy day.
Beanie Bradley supported the Grassroots team and went on to ride in the 95cm main arena coming 5th and 6th against very strong competition, qualifying both her ponies for the National Plate Championships. Evie Marchant also completed a lovely double clear in the 95cm and although didn’t place this time we were able to film some good footage for her Riding portfolio.
Beanie Bradley: Most Promising Polo Player
We also had a great day at the Ladies Polo Championships, with Seaford coming 2nd to St Mary’s Ascot in the Intermediate Section beating Wycombe Abbey, a SUPA mixed team and Heathfield.
The Seaford team was made up of Martha Crosdil, Nonie Uloth & Beanie Bradley, all riding their own ponies, and Ella Fanshawe from Marlborough who we borrowed for the day.
If all this wasn’t exciting enough, a bunch of Seaford’s Equestrians from Year 6 to Year 10 were invited to watch a film being made locally at Cowdray House, with Olympic event rider William Fox-Pitt and top US Polo Player Nic Roldan. The video involved the pair swapping jobs, with William teaching Nic to jump and Nic teaching William how to play polo.
“It was fascinating to see these top riders trying to learn completely different skills and afterwards we were able to talk to them and get autographs,” said Lucy Sanders.