Taunton School, Akeley Wood School and South Trent Pony Club are new Hickstead school’s champions

Two schools and one pony club branch will be celebrating as the children return to school this week after winning at Hickstead’s National Schools and Pony Club Jumping Championships on 1 September.

The senior schools title was hotly contested by 47 teams, of which seven went forward to the final in Hickstead’s famous internationalarena.

After the first round Taunton School from Somerset was tied with Dauntsey School from Wiltshire. However, a second clear round by 15-year-old Charlotte Bosley helped her team mates Carly Martin-Pope (15) and Jenny Watts (16) to a final score of eight faults which claimed the title.

“It was an unbelievable day,” said Carly’s mother Jill. “The girls were absolutely thrilled to qualify for main arena but they never expected to win. They couldn’t stop crying when they realised the result.

“It was a really special weekend for the whole team, not just because they won, but because everyone was so friendly and helpful. It was a dream come true.”

Junior and pony club classes

Akeley Wood School in Buckingham fielded the same winning team as in 2000 and Adam Gregory, Jesica McKie and Georgina Sheppard lifted the National Junior Schools for the second year running.

The pony club competition was won by Leicestershire’s South Trent Pony Club team – Fiona Davidson, Lucinda Sheffield, Joanna Callaghan and Hannah Slater – whose total of eight faults moved them ahead of joint runners up Garth South and South Berks.

Prizes for the most stylish riders during the competition were awarded to Philip Soloman from Garth South branch of the Pony Club, Sadie Louise Hall from Comberton Village College and Chloe Lee of Dauntseys School.

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