NSEA Eventers Challenge
With the help of many volunteers, Burford School hosted a very busy Eventers Challenge at Wickstead Equestrian Centre on Good Friday. It was one of the wettest and coldest days for months, even on the snowy days it was agreed that it hadn’t been any colder. Despite two coats and layers of waterproofs the volunteers had to plunder supplies for dry clothing by lunchtime. Entries for the day were at capacity so the parking team had their work cut out to shoe horn scores of cars with trailers and lorries into a small space at Wickstead. Huge thanks to Matt Cherry and Toby Keen for directing in the rain and ensuring no one got stuck, blocked in or delayed.
Riders braved the hideous elements to jump around 19 fences. The round started with a technical show jumping course before jumping out on to the eventing track, through a very deep-water splash (but by then the intrepid jockeys were so wet they didn’t notice) before heading back into the arena for the final few elements. The day ran like clockwork all thanks to Horse-Events and Helen Keen but would not have been possible without the crew of fabulous volunteers that included parents, pupils and friends who remained in great humour throughout the day. An enormous thank you to parent helpers Sarah Charles, Caroline NortonWhite, Wendy Cherry, the outstanding and uncomplaining arena party Oli Cherry, Taryn Langley, Izzy Barker, Rosie Horner, Lottie White and Jemima Keen, stewards Jo Colson and Elizabeth & Annie Griffiths who gave up their days as a favour to us. Finally, to Mrs Brown, who was there to spur on our riders so soon after surgery.
Very grateful thanks to Sarah Johnson and Amy Franklin-Stokes for pulling in sponsorship both for the event and Burford School Equestrian team. We would like to pass on our thanks to the following companies for so generously supported us:
- The Highway Inn Burford (https://www.facebook.com/highwayburford) who sponsored the very smart rosettes
- Colne Saddlery (https://www.facebook.com/colnesaddlery1/) for bag loads of prizes for the top 3 placings in each class.
- The equestrian team were given smart fleece rugs by Adam Henson’s Cotswold Fun Rides
- And beautiful saddle pads by Cotswold Wildlife Park
Three strong teams represented Burford School – the 80 team of Lottie White, Oliver Cherry, Isabelle Hills and Ophelia Spracklen bringing home a 4th place in a huge class against some very stiff competition;
The 90cm team of Lottie White, Courtney Arnold, Ella and Poppy Charles finished in a very respectable 5th place – Lottie said she couldn’t see from one jump to the next during her round in this class! Also riding as an individual in this class was Ella Gosling.
The 1m team of Lottie White, Ella and Poppy Charles romped home with a win and a qualification for the Championships at Hickstead in May.
Congratulations to all riders, horses and supporters. Here’s to the Champs!