7 Woodbridge school riders qualified for the NSEA Championships, including two individuals and two teams. The age range of riders was from 10 to 18 years old.
The first day saw the youngest team member, Ada Marson age 10, take part in the JwS 70cms Final. This was her first time competing at the Finals, and she produced a confident clear round, taking all the short routes. She scored 3rd highest on Style marks, but finished 11th overall out of 55 individuals competing. She was the youngest in the top 12 riders.
The second day saw the most action for the Woodbridge Teams with the Dressage Team of James Brown, Tabitha Wilson-Smith, Lydia Sida-Page and Francesca Aitchison competing as well as the 80cms showjumping team of Rowena Wilson-Smith, Tabitha Wilson-Smith, Francesca Aitchison and Fleur Ludgrove.
The day started with the Showjumping team. The course was in the outdoor International Arena and consisted of a relatively straight forward first part, with a jump off course offering the option to take tight lines and go for a fast time. With 50 Teams contesting, it was all or nothing to have a chance of a place. Sadly, other than Fleur Ludgrove who produced a good clear and a fast jump off time, the rest of the team had a fence down resulting on a team score of 8 penalties and no placing.
The Dressage team however had a truly successful day. Two riders took their tests in the morning; Tabitha and Lydia rode Prelim tests and scored individual placings of 2nd and 8th places respectively, leaving the team in 2nd place after the first round. Then the final two riders, James and Francesca, took Novice tests in the afternoon to produce the final scores for the results.
James performed exceptionally well and took 1st place in his arena, whilst Francesca was also placed 8th in her arena.
This resulted in a fantastic result of the Team taking 2nd Place at the Championships.
The final day saw James Brown contesting his individual qualification in the JwS 1.10m competition.
He produced a good round with one fence down; but with only one clear round out of 22 competitors this was a superb result. He finished up taking an individual 7th Place in this Championship – another good result for James.
Woodbridge School also was awarded a Training Voucher for coming 2nd in the Regional Points League 2015-2016
The school had a range of riders from Grass Roots rider Eve Marson (8yrs, Yr 4) to Senior Dressage Team riders present to collect the Award, representing all those that have gained points in Regional Points accumulating competitions against other schools in the Eastern Region (Suffolk, Essex, Cambs, Norfolk). This is based on Team points won and includes Grass Roots through to Open classes.
A great team spirit existed across all the ages with everyone supporting each other.
James Brown riding iL Darco G – 2nd Team Dressage , 7th JwS Individual 1.10m
Rowena Wilson-Smith riding Autumn Gold – Team 80cms SJ
Lydia Sida-Page riding OK Mister – 2nd Team Dressage
Tabitha Wilson-Smith riding Ruby Queen of Diamonds – 2nd Team Dressage & Team 80cms SJFrancesca Aitchison riding Wix Spring Realm – 2nd Team Dressage, 8th individual Dressage & Team 80cms SJ
Fleur Ludgrove riding Otter – Team 80cms JS
Ada Marson riding Rolly Rascal – 11th JwS Individual 70cms