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Congratulations to Seaford's Equestrian Team for your win at the Royal Windsor Show 2022
Lucy Sanders, Seaford’s Equestrian Team Manager, said: “We had a brilliant and memorable day at the Royal Windsor Horse Show on Saturday 14th May winning the RWHS National Inter Schools Final for riders of 18 years and under.
Qualifying rounds had taken place around the country over the last year and only the winning team at each qualifier achieved the Windsor Final ticket so these competitions were hard fought. Twenty schools from far and wide qualified and came forward to compete in this RWHS National Final and Seaford had one of the youngest teams entered.
The Seaford team of Jack Dace riding Meelickisland Cornrake, Bella Crowley on Quest du Buhot, Oliver Allison on Lislarkin Lad and Emma Perrett on Newtown Sam represented the school and are extremely talented riders with great attitudes and such cool heads under pressure. Seaford was drawn 18th out of 20 teams so we had quite some time to watch the other schools compete and the course was proving to be tough and technical with lots of questions to test lines, balance and rider/pony partnership especially in the timed jump off against the clock section. There were many refusals, poles flying and several rider falls and by the time it was our turn to jump only three schools were on all clear rounds.
Our team were rather nervous so I gave them a little pep talk about how well they had done to get this far and just to do their best and have fun but one of our young riders said to me with a big grin “Lucy, we’re here to win!”. At this point our team tactics were to go for gold and try to achieve fast clear rounds. It was either going to come off or not but there were no prizes for safe steady rounds. The team rose to the challenge and got behind each other with excellent team spirit, encouragement and kind words.
Jack went first and was a brilliant trailblazer jumping a clear round in the third fastest time of the day, next went Bella also jumping really well, fast and clear, followed by Oliver who had an unlucky pole down riding quickly and competitively. At this point, with the best three scores to count we needed a clear round to finish so it was all down to Emma who was feeling the pressure. Very sadly Emma’s pony had recently died so she was riding her brother’s pony Sam instead who she was not that familiar with but showing an incredibly mature and cool head she rode a beautiful fast clear round to give Seaford the three clears we needed. There was then a tense wait for a couple of seconds while the judges totted up the team times and a great cheer went up as it was announced that Seaford was in first place with a two second lead.
Fingers were kept firmly crossed while we waited for the final two teams to complete but we were out in front with such a good time that no one could catch us and we were thrilled to win. There was a big prize giving with a Royal Jubilee rug for each Seaford pony followed by a great lap of honour and the team was then interviewed by the RWHS press officer.
It was such a special, successful and fun day and I am a very proud Team Manager. Thank you to the RWHS and NSEA for organising and to the parents and siblings for all their support, notably Daisy Dace for the video footage.”
Congratulations to all of the schools who took part. The results were:-
1st Seaford College, 2nd Lewiston, 3rd Sedburgh, 4th Cheltenham College, 5th King’s Bruton, 6th Scarborough College, 7th St Hugh, Oxfordshire, 8th Kimbolton, 9th King’s College, Taunton, 10th County Upper School, 11th Marlborough College, 12th Dean Close, 13th St John’s Marlborough, 14th Pangbourne, 15th Pocklington, 16th Sidcot, 17th Lady Manners, Yorkshire, 18th The Elms School, 19th Bede’s, 20th Hurstpierpoint College.
Lucy added: The day started with a good omen with a wave from Her Majesty The Queen as she drove past. The team were quite outstanding and I am so thrilled and proud of them.”
Congratulations to everyone involved!
- Seaford Equestrian