Hurstpierpoint College student takes top prize at Hickstead

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An A-level student from Pulborough, West Sussex beat nearly 150 riders to take the senior schools individual title at yesterday’s (26 July) Hurstpierpoint College national schools and Pony Club jumping championships at Hickstead.

Hurstpierpoint College pupil Millie Singleton – who plans to take a gap year bringing on young horses – won the championship with her 10-year-old gelding O’Breche De Laurvale.

“I’ve been competing at Hickstead in the international shows for the past four years, and to win in the main arena is very special,” said Millie, who has ridden at the British Jumping Derby Meeting and and the Royal International Horse Show in 1.25, 1.35m and Foxhunter classes.

“[O'Breche De Laurvale's] still in Grade C and relatively inexperienced, but he has the heart of a lion. I got him last summer and started competing at 1m level, and we quickly progressed up to Foxhunter classes.”

Wellington College took the senior schools team competition – having last won the title in 1992 – and St Leonards Mayfield red team won the junior schools section.

The individual junior schools winner was Katinka Brogaard from Godolphin School red team on Sprite II.

The Warwickshire Hunt branch claimed the Pony Club title for the first time. And the Iveagh branch from County Down continued its run of success at the championships, with Aoife Dooley adding a fourth individual title to its name.