4th Dec, 2016

Equestrian aces turn on the style

Liam Moakes 3rd Nov, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

PERSHORE High School’s equestrian team produced an impressive performance at the National Schools Equestrian Association Championships at Addington Manor Equestrian Centre.

The school’s showjumping team of Sophie Rushton, Phoebe Lole, Jessica Thomas and Erin Carvill had successfully qualified for the national championships in the 1m showjumping category at one of the many qualifying competitions across the country throughout the past year.

They secured their place as one of 41 teams from schools all over the country, which was a massive achievement in itself.

The girls all jumped fantastic first rounds in the 1m class as all went clear and, being one of only four schools out of the 41 to do so, they were in a fantastic third place at this point in the country.

This meant they qualified for the final jump-off of the top eight schools but, unfortunately for the Pershore High girls, the slate was wiped clean for all teams and the speed round dropped them down to seventh overall.

This is a fantastic achievement and they were the highest placed state school in the country in this class.

The Pershore youngsters then went on to the 1.10m class and again the girls jumped fantastically well over a big course to finish in ninth place.

Pershore High headteacher Clive Corbett said: “This was a fantastic experience for all involved and one which they should be very proud of.”