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Cowbridge Comprehensive school from the Vale of Glamorgan in Wales romped to success at the National Schools and Pony Club Jumping Championships 2009 at Hickstead on 5 August.

The state school trounced the 66 other school teams, many of which were private schools, by notching up three clear rounds in the final.

The team of Louise Edwards on Myrddin, Josh Rees on Silver Sunburst and Bethan Allman on Murvey McCoy, pushed Stonar School from Wiltshire into second and Mayfield School from East Sussex into third.

The junior schools title was won by Pinewood School from Wiltshire, whose team was Fransiska Goess Saurau on Daisy, Caitlin Belsham on Bobby Sox and Jessica Mendoza on Dooneens Future Star.

Millfield School, Somerset, and Stonar School, Wiltshire, came equal second.

Pony Club champions, out of a field of 20, were the Fitzwilliam from Cambridgeshire.

Team members were Georgie Armstrong on Golden Class, Jenny Martell on Bounce, Emily Meredith on Pudding and Georgie Fenn on Rosie.

Second were the Atherstone, from Warwickshire, and third, the North Cotswold Hunt branch from Worcestershire.

Senior individual schools champion was Luke Cummins from Kilkenny College and junior champion was Sarah Pinfield from Stonar School on coloured pony Samba.

The individual Pony Club champion was Amanda Hylands of the Iveagh branch from County Armagh, Ireland.

The National Schools and Pony Club Jumping Championships was started by Douglas Bunn in 1964, four years after Hickstead was opened.

This year’s competition was sponsored by Hurstpierpoint College in Sussex.