THE King’s Ely Equestrian Team made school history at the National Schools Equestrian Association’s (NSEA) National Championships.
The three-day event took place at the College Equestrian Centre in Keysoe, Bedfordshire, from October 19th to 22nd and saw riders from some of the UK’s top equestrian schools battling it out in competitive classes.
King’s Ely riders were not only crowned National Champions but were also placed in every class that they had qualified for. The National Champions accolade was secured by Eleanor Fairey, Emily Gredley, Katie Cameron and Adele Shaw in the finale of the competition, where they represented King’s Ely as a team in the 1m Jumping with Style (JwS) Arena Eventing category. Clear, fast and stylish rounds from all four girls resulted in them securing first place.
On the previous day, the team of Emily Gredley, Adele Shaw, Ellie Grimsey and Katie Cameron competed in the 90cms JwS Arena Eventing class and secured 3rd place out of 29 teams. On the first day of the competition, King’s Ely also came 9th in the 90cms team show jumping class, out of 46 teams.
Manager of the King’s Ely Equestrian Team, Sue Cameron, said: “Whilst we have had teams and individual riders go to previous championships and secure some individual placings, we have never in the history of the school had a team win at the championships! To not just have won, but also secure placings in every class our riders qualified for is phenomenal. The riders were exceptional in their support for each other and an absolute credit to the school.”