EQUESTRIANISM: Belvoir High School excels at National Schools Championships qualifier

Riona Hughes ends the day in style for Belvoir High School. Photo 263D

Riona Hughes ends the day in style for Belvoir High School. Photo 263D

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Allington’s Arena UK hosted the National Schools Equestrian Association inter-school regional qualifer for the Schools National Championships.

The event saw 28 schools taking part, from as far afield as Suffolk, York, Staffordshire and Warwickshire. One hundred and 50 riders completed more than 260 rounds of showjumping and 57 dressage tests in the venue’s three arenas.

Belvoir High School enjoyed the most success of the day, taking seven of the 27 qualifying positions across the classes.

Belvoir teams qualified in first place in the Ultimate Learning Resources 70cm and Boynton’s Arenas 1m SJ class, and second in the Gladstone Solicitors 80cm class. In the 1m class, there were particular achievements for Jessica Walker who came first individually and Abi Denny who ranked a close second, along with individual qualifications in other SJ classes for Riona Hughes and Heidi Coy in Dressage, ending the day in style for Belvoir High.

Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School made some valiant efforts, with one individual qualifier from the 14 competitors they put forward in the form of Eleanor Whitfield, in the Crystal Motors 90cm class, taking second place qualification.

Chairman of Friends at Belvoir High School Equestrian Society David Dury praised all involved in the event. He said: “An event like this takes a lot of effort to organise and many play a part to make the day work. I applaud the generosity local businesses not least who sponsored a class and prizes.

“The region’s pupils did us proud and all those that qualified on the day, we wish them the very best of luck at the national finals in October.”