Lingfield Equestrian Team had a great success in the summer holidays by qualifying a Junior Team to ride in the prestigious international arena at Hickstead. Lauren jumped her pony into 3rd place out of over 50 competitors, thus riding her team into 6th place overall.
The show jumping team has had a busy schedule of events. In September Charles, Rosie, Chloe and Darcey also competed at Hickstead: all four produced very fast clear rounds to get the team through to the jump off, finishing 8th overall.
In October we sent our qualified team consisting of Charlotte, Charles, Cora and Rosie and their ponies all the way to Addington to ride in the NSEA national championships. Our team finished on an unlucky four faults and did not place, but what a commendable achievement to qualify for the championships.
At the end of November Katie, Amy, Chloe and Emily competed in their first joint outing as a grassroots team at Sands Farm, where they finished in a very respectable fourth place.
In February the two teams competed in the 90 class at Felbridge, where Cora's team (including Charlotte, Rosie and Laila) finished in 6th place. Charlotte, Rosie, Cora and Laila also tackled the 100 class to finish in 9th place with Laila coming 7th out of 69!
Following on, in March the School hosted a Dressage Qualifier for three counties at Oldencraig Equestrian Centre. Despite most of our regular team members preferring to go over jumps than doing circles and loops on the flat, they turned up beautifully presented and gave their best to impress the judges.
Thank you to our volunteer helpers, who stood in the cold for hours, directing riders into arenas, collecting score sheets from judges and helping competitors. The whole show was a real team effort of riders, parents and helpers and definitely a proud moment for the School.