Huge congratulations to King’s Ely Sixth Form student, Adele Shaw, for being chosen to represent British Showjumping at the Fédération Equestre Internationale Youth Nations Cup Finals in Belgium!
Adele, who is in Year 13, not only represented Great Britain, but she and her eight-year-old horse, Kikke, achieved an impressive 12th place, out of 124 original riders.
The fiercely-contested event was held at Sentower Park in Opglabbeek, Belgium, earlier this month (September), and riders from across the globe competed.
Adele, who has been horse riding since she was a toddler, said: “I have moved up from the U18s to the U25s, so I unexpectedly qualified for the Grand Prix! There were 124 starters and only 40 in the Grand Prix. In the Grand Prix, I finished in 12th place. Throughout the week, I was jumping 1.25 but the Grand Prix was 1.35, which was the biggest I have ever jumped at a track. This is the highest level that I have ever competed at, so whilst I did not win, I am really pleased!”
Adele joined King’s Ely Prep in Year 7 from our Newmarket-based sister school, Fairstead House. She has also been chosen to represent Great Britain at another international competition being held in Belgium at the end of November.
Adele said: “I have been horse riding forever – I think I could ride before I could walk! I love the thrill and excitement of jumping, and of course I love the horses. They are all so different and have such strong personalities. Kikke is eight-years-old, which is still quite young for a horse, but she is very experienced for her age. I am very lucky to have her as she always looks after me. She is such an intelligent horse.”
Good luck for the next competition Adele and Kikke, we are all rooting for you!