Success for young riders
Riders travelled to the splendid setting of Princethorpe College’s estate to take part in the Fine and Country Inter-Schools’ Dressage and Show Jumping Competition.
Held over two days, the fine team of four Year 6 Crackley Hall riders: Freddie Boyd, Josh Mitchell, Molly Minshull and Lucy Watts rode superbly in various classes. Often referred to as ‘horse ballet’ dressage sees riders, with the minimum of perceived effort, instruct the horse to undertake a series of gymnastic moves. The rider also has to memorise a point to point route within the arena and ensure that this route is followed precisely.
In class 2 Lucy Watts riding Ollie came 1st, Josh Mitchell on Virginia Rose came 3rd and Molly on Thistledown came 5th. In class 3 Josh came 3rd and Freddie on Blaze of Fire was 4th. Their combined points earned them first place overall plus stunning red and black rosettes as well as a handsome cup.
Princethorpe College also did very well out of the event with Year 10’s Will Boyd being named Best Boy Dressage Rider. Maddie Doherty, also Year 10, won the Class 10 with a fine 72.9% helping to take the Senior Dressage Team (also including Jack Hewitt) to overall second place
On day two, the show jumping event took place. Crackley Hall’s Josh Mitchell came 3rd in the 70cm class. Princethorpe rider Izzie Heathcote came 4th in the 80cm class and Millie Thornton riding Honey Monster came 3rd in the 100cm event.
Princethorpe College’s Assistant Head Alex Darkes was delighted to see such a strong Princethorpe Foundation contingent.
“All our young riders did superbly. With an excellent turn out it was a good opportunity for riders to show their mettle before the next National Schools’ Equestrian Competition taking place at the College in May.”