30 September 2016
Riding report – Blundell’s School One Day event at Bicton Arena
King’s Schools Taunton had entries in every class with Lizzie Chetwode, Jemima Rundell (King’s Hall School) and Sam Cobb starting the day in class two (the 90cm). Everyone rode sound dressage tests that set the team up well for the next two elements. Sam then rode a double clear over show jumps and the cross-country course finishing on only 32.5 penalties. Lizzie had an unfortunate 4 faults in the show jumping but went clear within the optimum time cross-country to finish on 34.8 penalties. Jemima cleared all the fences in the show jumping and cross country but had 13.2 time faults resulting in a score of 62.4. Unfortunately, as a team, they were just outside the rosettes but individually Sam was the highest placed boy in his section and was placed 3rd; Lizzie came 8th out of 21 riders in her section.
Karis Chambers rode as an individual in class one (100cm), jumping the biggest fences of the day. She rode an accurate dressage test to gain a terrific low score of only 23.7 faults, she then jumped a double clear to finish on her dressage score. This was good enough to gain 2nd place overall out of 24 riders.
Matti Mercer, Lara Chapple (King’s Hall School) and Lizzie Chetwode rode as a team in class three. All three riders posted excellent dressage scores, Lara and Lizzie both rode double clears and were placed as individuals; Lara winning her section and Lizzie coming 8thin her section. Matti’s pony unfortunately didn’t give her the most straightforward ride in the show jumping and she didn’t progress to the cross-country.
Lara also rode as an individual in class 3 on her second pony, following another excellent dressage test and a double clear she also won this section. Lara was awarded additional rosettes for achieving the best dressage scores in both of her sections.
In the final class of the day two of our youngest riders took on the challenge. Raffaella Cook and Lily Macneice both King's Hall School pupils, posted really strong dressage tests but this time the jumping tests were too much. Both girls should be very proud of what they achieved and look favourably to the future.
Thank you to everyone at Blundell’s School who made this wonderful event possible we all had an excellent day.