We had a good day at Felbridge for the first NSEA show jumping of the new season. We had two strong teams in the 70/75cm National qualifier class with several riders on new ponies and we welcomed Deya Thomson and her pony Socks tip the team.
Congratulations to the Seaford Red team of Emily Cook, Lorna Leatherdale-Edwards, Abigail Jupp and Bella Crowley who were placed 6th and qualified for the National Plate Championships in November. Our Seaford Blue team of Lauren Goldsmith, Deya Thomson and Grace Bolton also rode well but were unlucky to tip a couple of poles.
The next class was the 80/85cm in the main arena and again we had two teams many of whom were stepping up to this level for the first time. Competition was very hot as it was a National Qualifier with thirty two teams entered. All our riders performed extremely well to end up with both teams on double clear rounds but we were not quite fast enough in the jump off to be placed in the first six this time.
Riders in the Seaford Blue Team were Lorna Leatherdale-Edwards, Lauren Goldsmith, Emmy Burkinshaw and Emily Cook and Seaford Red were Zoe Lunt, Grace Bolton, Nia Burkinshaw and Flora James. Jessie Schute, a late entry, rode as an individual and jumped a very quick and neat double clear but was still just outside the rosettes.
The team of Zoe, Flora, Nia and Jessie jumped in the 90/95cm class with Jessie and Flora going double clear again. Zoe on her new big horse had a few fences down as did Nia on her young horse but I feel with a bit more experience these combinations will improve significantly.