Juniors get new ‘Just for Schools’ jumping qualifiers

  • Additional qualifying venues have been announced for a new showjumping series for school pupils.

    Teams and individuals now have five chances to qualify directly for the final of the Just for Schools championship series, which was launched by British Showjumping (BS) and the Pony Club in December.

    The series features five different height leagues ranging from 70cm to 1.10m.

    The winning team and the top three individuals from each of the direct qualifiers, to be held at Arena UK (16-17 April), Tillyoch (2 May), Quainton Stud (3 July), Summerhouse Equestrian (2-3 July) and Aintree (17 July), qualify for the final at the BS national championships at Stoneleigh in August.

    Riders can also gain league points at a series of shows across the country before June. The top eight teams and ten individuals in each league will join those who qualified directly at the finals.

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    “The feedback from the parents, schools, show organisers and junior riders that we have spoken to so far has been really encouraging,” said Justine Naylor of BS.

    “This in addition to the way that many of our existing show organisers have embraced the competition structure and already committed themselves to running specific national schools show days is extremely positive and I am delighted that we, alongside the Pony Club, are in a position to now roll this out at a national level.”

    Schools can register teams of three or four riders for £30 a year. Individuals who are already BS or Pony Club members do not need to pay an extra fee, while non-members can join with BS for £30 per year per combination.

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