Riding gallop to victory

Ella Fraser reports on the performances of two teams from Newcastle University Riding Club last Wednesday, with Team A facing off against Northumbria and Teesside, and Team B competing with Durham and Teesside

Ella Fraser
11th December 2017
It was a good day for both Newcastle teams. Image: Newcastle University Riding Club

On the Wednesday the competition for the A team was at Stepney Bank, Northumbria’s home training center. We faced tough opponents from both Northumbria and Teeside.

The day started on excellent form from all the team members producing four solid dressage tests. Both Katherine and Helen won on their horses. Ella was only 1.5 marks from the leader and Lucy 13 marks putting us into second place after the first phase, only 10 marks behind Northumbria.

We were then provided a delicious lunch before starting the second phase. Next was the jumping and again the team stepped up to the mark. Helen, Ella and Lucy all did beautiful clear rounds riding with both maturity and confidence.

Ella and Lucy both won on their horses and Helen was only one mark behind the leader. Katherine had a tricky time resulting in two unfortunate refusals at the second part of the double adding a costly 20 penalties to her score.

Thankfully she was not the only rider to struggle on the horse and therefore all the teams were affected.

Overall we finished in second place behind Northumbria and individually Helen finished 3rd, Ella 4th, Lucy 8th and Katherine 9th. A huge thank you to Northumbria for running a very successful and well organised competition and for Stepney Bank equestrian center for hosting us all.

We are already looking forward to our next competition in February at Teeside!

Everyone jumped in to help and the B team secured first place against Durham and Teeside

The B team’s home competition also ran on the same day, and with the A team away at Northumbria we were a little short of help.

This proved no obstacle though as everyone jumped in to help and the B team secured first place against Durham and Teeside!

Holly, Jess and Claudia all led after dressage, with Holly having the best score of the day despite a rather challenging horse.

Rachel rode Polly who decided she didn’t want to make it easy for her and needed a lot of leg, but Rachel rode her fantastically and got her going well, leaving Team Newcastle on an excellent score of just 5 penalties before the show jumping, in the lead by 20 points.

In the jumping phase the pressure was on to stay on top, but the girls kept up the good work and Jess, Claudia and Rachel all scored the highest on their horses, leaving Newcastle on a score of just 25 points, far in the lead of both Durham and Teeside.

Everyone rode a near perfect round, with Holly and Dario knocking just one fence due to Dario’s excited bucking at being allowed to show jump again, but  they redeemed themselves with good style marks.

All the girls performed excellently and the helpers were great, allowing the day to run smoothly and everything was a success. As well as wining as a team, Jess won individually, Claudia came 3rd, Rachel 4th and Holly 7th. Well done everyone!

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