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Blundell's equestrian team win national championships

Published Tuesday 5th of November 2013 04:34:53 PM

A team of equestrians from Blundell's School in Devon are celebrating after winning the coveted title of National Champions at the National Schools Equestrian Association (NSEA) championships. They were taking part in the very competitive Jumping with Style (JwS) Open Class, against 24 teams from across the UK. The team, Lola Watt, Lydia Stuart, Rupert Batting and Eleanor Ansell, had qualified at earlier competitions and was one of two schools representing the South West in the discipline at the finals, held at Addington Manor, Buckinghamshire.

Jumping with Style, also known as Arena Eventing, consists of a course of show jumps, followed by a timed course of XC fences, with skinnies and awkward turns to test both horse and rider. The whole round is also judged for style by a BE accredited judge. The style penalties, together with the jumping and time faults are added together to determine placings.

Blundell's has been attending the NSEA Championships for many years, but this is the first time they have taken the title of Open JwS National Champions and fittingly won in what is the last schools' competition for Rupert, who is about to start as a working pupil for William Fox-Pitt during his gap year.
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