QUEEN Elizabeth Grammar School rode to team and individual glory at the National Schools Equestrian Championship finals at Addinton Moor last weekend.
In total, QEGS qualification teams in four events – their highest achievement yet – with Anna Nichols, Phoebe Wakeman, Libby Toon, Harry Wakeman and Georgia Varro assembled into various combinations, whilst also competing individually.
And it was Nichols who was the belle of the ball as she rode her horse Ebony to first place in the dressage preliminary section, with QEGS taking 10th place overall out of the 29 teams competing in Buckinghamshire in what was the most competitive finals to be held to date.
In the jumping with style 110cm class, contested by 130 riders and 29 teams, Phoebe Wakeman took fourth place on Melody, while the team of Phoebe and brother Harry, Toon and Nichols claimed a creditable sixth place.
Phoebe was also sixth in the 100cm class, but the team of Phoebe, Harry, Nichols and Varro were out of the placings, as they were in the showjumping category.
This year the finals were contested by over 800 individual competitors from 100 different school teams and for the third year running, QEGS were the most successful state school at the event.
Team trainer Georgie Barns said: “QEGS did exceptionally well in a strong field including British team riders, getting high marks for their style and equitation skills.
“They are a pleasure to coach.”
Team manager Paula Cunningham said: “It was a long journey to get here, having to compete in and win a number of qualifying rounds, but again the students did the school proud.
“I’d like to thank all those parents and students who competed in those qualifying stages, but didn’t make it to the finals for the effort and commitment and also the school for its ongoing support.”