Sidcot's budding Charlotte Dujardin dressage riders had a cold and very early start on Sunday morning travelling to King Sedgemoor Equestrian to compete in the National Schools Equestrian Association (NSEA) county qualifier.
Unfortunately our first team rider, Caiomhe Collery (Lower Fifth), was unable to compete as her pony was unwell, but provided fantastic support to her team members at the competition along with Sidcot's Equestrian instructor, Ed Hobbs – and some very cold parents! The competing team members were Sophie Lee (Third Form) riding Cauldaff Billy, Lauren Wilkins (Lower Fifth) riding Beans and Erin Crofts (Lower Fourth) riding Symondsbury Rosco.
In the first class Sidcot's team executed really lovely, accurate tests resulting in a second place overall against teams from Somerset, Wiltshire and Avon. Sidcot School have qualified to represent Avon at the National finals in April at the fantastic Addington Manor Equestrian Centre in Buckinghamshire; renowned for holding national and international indoor and outdoor dressage and show jumping events.
Sophie and Erin also represented Sidcot in the second class – an individual competition at novice level, meaning a more complex test of movements for the horses. Up against some very experienced competitors and horses, it was a fantastic achievement for Erin to be placed 6th and Sophie 4th. Sophie as the highest placed Avon competitor in both classes has also gained the chance to represent the county in the individual competitions at the finals.
Well done team for an excellent day of dressage!
Sidcot Equestrian Team