Tilly Wins Gold at NSEA Equestrian Competition 2017


Gold Medal Winner in the Dressage Competition at Hartpury College
Tilly Dowsing riding Harwood

On Saturday 10 June KLB School entered a qualifying NSEA Equestrian competition at Hartpury College.  A couple of our riders entered dressage tests. Megan Jackman and Tip Top Tiger, featured on the right, had an early start, competing first in the outdoor arena in the P13 test. On a very windy day they produced a sound performance, getting the day off to a good start with an overall score of 64%.

Next to compete was Tilly Dowsing riding Harwood Fortitude in the Novice and Elementary Dressage Tests. She was first to go in her Novice class where she hoped to put the pressure firmly on the rest of the riders to follow. This tactic worked for her as she notched up an excellent score, just short of 71%, securing first place and qualification to a regional competition later this year. This was a fantastic achievement considering the high number of independent schools competing on the day. Brimming with confidence, she tackled the Elementary Dressage test with ease and was awarded with a creditable third place rosette, matching her early score of 71%.

In the international arena our show-jumping team was slightly depleted due to exams, prior commitments of our riders and injuries. Three of our team decided to enter the clear round competition; Lily Clarke rode her sister’s pony, Rodney, Charlotte Wilson rode Jasmine and Emma Wilson rode Scooby. They did fantastically well and all of them were presented with rosettes for going clear. We were keeping our fingers crossed that this success could be emulated in the later classes at Hartpury. Ellie Cooper on Reggie made their debut for the school in our 70-75cm team joining Lily and Emma. All three of our riders rode extremely well gaining clear rounds in reasonable times. This meant the team were placed a very creditable fourth in their class. Next to take the arena was Charlotte Wilson riding Jasmine in the higher class of 80-85cm, which was unknown territory for the pair. Unfortunately she was unable to repeat her clear round success in the 80-85cm class but relished the experience she gained.

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