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Cobham Hall horse rider wins two county titles

Published Thursday 15th of May 2014 01:53:42 PM

Cobham Hall equestrian Emily Nicol, Year 8, has pulled off an impressive double win over the Easter holidays.

During the first part of the Easter holidays our star horse rider represented the school in the Kent County Schools Show Jumping Championships at Duckhurst and in the Kent County Schools Dressage Championships.

In the show jumping competition Emily was defending the title she won last year. Due to the injury of her horse Megs, Emily had been unable to take part in the national championships for which her win qualified her. Following Megs' recovery Emily spent a gruelling five months retraining her and getting her back to top fitness and technique.

Emily says she was a little nervous before the competition, 'The nerves did start to kick in when walking the show jumping course on the day of the competition. There were some parts of the show jumping course that I wasn't sure about. But I decided to trust in my horse, and go for it. So, we did!'

Having cleared all the fences in the first round, Emily and Megs then had to attempt a different course and against the clock the fastest clear round deciding the winner. They turned very quickly into all the fences and took the tightest possible line to the last fence which they jumped at an angle. This risk paid off and Emily and Megs once again won the county title.

In the Dressage Championships, Emily rode her other horse, Lander. Emily has not been riding Lander for very long and in the dressage competition they were drawn to go first out of all the 54 competitors. Emily commented 'I went in to the arena to perform my test with quite a confident head on, but then there were the obvious nerves. Lander performed his test very well, and pleased the judges to my huge relief! I finished the dressage test and got off of my horse as a very proud rider.'

Due to the large number of competitors, Emily and her mother (and chief supporter!) had a nerve-wracking three hour wait while all the other riders performed their routines. When all the scores were decided, the result was another win for Emily with a very impressive total of 70.8%.

Emily summed up two very exciting days, 'I was thrilled, both of my horses had performed the best they could have, and all the hard work paid off. My family and I are now off to the championships in October to compete both of my horses, which I don't think any of us had expected!'

They will represent Cobham Hall in the national championships at Addington next term where we all wish them the best of luck � and that Megs stays injury free!
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