School horse trials held by Brackley school

The National Schools Hunter Trials at Eydon
The National Schools Hunter Trials at Eydon

The National Schools Hunter Trials run by Winchester House School, Brackley, were held at Eydon near Daventry on Sunday.

The event was the fourth hunter trial event organised by Nikki Atkinson, equestrian manager at Winchester House.

The National Schools Hunter Trials at Eydon

The National Schools Hunter Trials at Eydon

It was a huge event with over 280 entries and 50 schools attending including Tudor Hall, Stowe, Bloxham, Sponne, Chenderit, Royal Latin, Roundwood, Kings High, Tring School, Kineton High, St Lawrence School and Pattishall Primary.

The sun shone over the course at Foxhill Farm and large numbers of spectators watched and cheered on all the riders.

Emma Goldsmith, headteacher of Winchester House was there to hand out rosettes and cheer on the teams.

There were six classes incorporating novice, intermediate and open, made up of individual, pairs and teams, including a separate ‘mini’ course for beginners.

The National Schools Hunter Trials at Eydon

The National Schools Hunter Trials at Eydon

A spokesman for the school said: “A big thank to Savills who have supported us as main sponsor since our inaugural event and for all the other sponsors for their support.

“Thanks also to Lesley Smith who provides such a wonderful course and facilities.

“A vast number of helpers and volunteers provided support, from the commentating, registration and fence judging throughout the day and we are very grateful for their time and effort. It created a very friendly, warm atmosphere.”

Winchester House School offers riding lessons as part of its extra-curricular activities and several WHS Equestrian teams which have seen recent success including the following: being crowned winners of the Princethorpe College & Kingsley School Show Jumping Competition, one pupil has qualified for the Badminton Grass Routes 2016, the school’s teams are County Show Jumping Champions in both the 13 and 18 and under categories as teams and individuals.

The National Schools Hunter Trials at Eydon

The National Schools Hunter Trials at Eydon

The Winchester House School open morning takes place on Saturday May 16 at 10.30am.