MEMBERS of the King’s Ely Equestrian Team competed at the National School Equestrian Association (NSEA) County Show Jumping Championships at Bury Farm Equestrian Village on April 18th and 19th.
Ellie Grimsey had qualified as an individual in the 70cms class and produced a superb first clear round. Despite being highly competitive in the second round, Ellie was sadly unplaced.
The 90cms team of Katie Cameron, Ellie Grimsey, Ryan Shaw and Adele Shaw finished the first round on a team score of zero, which put them in a strong position going into the second round. Sadly a fall during a competitive moment left them with only three scores to count, and Katie with a swift visit to the nearest A&E Department. The remaining team members did a sterling job, but were out of the team placings. Adele, who had qualified as an individual, rode brilliantly to be placed a very respectable 7th.
With only two members left in the 1m team, the King’s Ely riders were unable to compete, but organisers kindly allowed Eleanor Fairey to jump in the class as a warm up for her 1m 10cms class later in the day.
A clear in the first round for Eleanor in the 1m 10cms class proved very exciting to watch and after the second round was complete, jumping a very stiff course, Eleanor was placed 5th overall.
Manager of the King’s Ely Equestrian Team, Sue Cameron, said: “Well done to all our riders at what was a very challenging event for all sorts of reasons, and also a huge thanks to the riders and parents who helped out before, during and after Katie’s accident. Our riders were exceptional in their support for each other, and an absolute credit to the school.”