Over half term the S Anselm’s Equestrian Team comprising
Violet Barton (yr 8), Tara O’Rourke (yr8), Rosie Winter (yr6) and Alice Winter
(yr5) travelled to Addington Manor, near Buckingham for the National School
Equestrian Association Championships.
Qualifying for this prestigious event is a fiercely competitive
challenge and the team had done very well to earn a place earlier in the year
for the Area Eventing Championship class, competing against teams from schools
all over the country.
Violet Barton on Ernford Ballotbox, Rosie Winter riding Harry
and Alice Winter riding Rolly Rascal being given a bit of pre competition
encouragement by Tara O’Rourke.
Realising the high standard required at the National
Championships, the busy Mums had arranged extra training sessions to help prepare
the children and ponies for the tough competition.
Sadly Tara O’ suffered an injury at the IAPs hockey
tournament two days before the big weekend and so was supporting from the
sidelines again, and the team was 3 riders instead of 4.
However, despite this setback, our girls soaked up the
atmosphere and bustle of the Championships.
They proudly wore their team coats, displayed the school emblem on their
stables and even had the shield spraypainted on their ponies’
They all produced strong performances and, although they
were out of the rosettes they were commended by the judges and particular
mention was made of their S. Anselm’s emblem quarter marks (well done Jane
They were wonderful
ambassadors for the school and gained valuable experience in attending a top
class equestrian competition.
If anyone is interested in joining the equestrian team please
give me a call on 07821 919267.