Beachborough School’s equestrian students enjoyed success at the Winchester House School Hunter Trials held at Foxhill Farm, Eydon on Sunday.
In the Novice Class, Beachborough entered two teams with the Yellow team, consisting of Molly Daniels, Katie Lee, Jack Lloyd and captained by Alice Wilson, winning the team competition with four fantastic clear rounds close to the optimum time.
The Blue team – Freya Barrett, Ellie Binns, Sophie Tredwell and Freya Wilson – claimed third place.
The Individual Novice Class had over 70 entries and was won by 10-year-old Katie Lee, riding Temple Touhy. Jack Lloyd, riding Betty, were placed sixth in the class.
Two teams of four were also entered into the mini class and the team of Sophie Lee, Charlie Linnell, Jack Lloyd and Amelia Morgan were placed second.
The team of Tom Alderman Hattie Goodrich, Ollie Hartigan and Lucie Oakey all rode well but unfortunately unplaced.
In the Mini Team Competition held in a separate arena, the youngest competitor, Skye Kay from Winchester House School, was just five years old, and went effortlessly clear.
The Novice, Intermediate and Open Classes, all enjoyed a challenging and exciting cross country course of 24 fences, which included a Water Splash and Bank Complex.
Honours also went to Harriet Getley from WHS who won the Intermediate Individual Class, Sophie Fearn from Southam College who won the Open Individual, Jack Steele and Toby Thame from WHS who won the Novice Pairs, and winning Novice Team combination, Molly Daniels, Alison Wilson, Katie Lee and Jack Lloyd from Beachborough School.
The event was run under the watchful eye of WHS Equestrian Manager and organiser, Nikki Atkinson, and Foxhill Farm owner, Lesley Smith.
A spokesman for WHS said: “Foxhill Farm once again provided a beautifully constructed course against a stunning backdrop. The sun shone all morning and even when the heavens opened in the afternoon, the spirits weren’t dampened.
“A big thank you to all the sponsors, and in particular the main sponsor, Savills for their continued support. Thank you also to Porsche Silverstone who kindly provided a Porsche Cayenne that was used to distribute well needed refreshments to the fence judges.”
Mark Seymour, Headmaster of WHS said “It’s hard to imagine a better event: happy smiling competitors in a wonderful setting on a superb course and all expertly organised. A wonderful day.”