Polden take home the prizes in Pony Club Final

The Polden Hills Branch of the Pony Club had a double of wins today at the Hurstpierpoint College National Schools and Pony Club Jumping Championships.

Pony Club team (c) Julian Portch (Large).JPG

A long journey from Somerset paid off for the Polden Hills Branch of the Pony Club, when they claimed both team and individual honours in today’s Hurstpierpoint College National Pony Club Final.

The quartet of Alice Nunn (Mai B), Kathryn Thomas (LLF Marbella), Annabelle Jay (Storm Blue) and  Rebecca Thomas (Zorba IV) finished on a team total of four faults before going on to beat last year’s winners Garth Hunt in the jump-off. North Cotswold Hunt and East Hertfordshire shared third equal spot.

Kathryn, Alice and Rebecca were all on the team that came third last year, so they were delighted to climb the leaderboard to finish top at this year’s event. “We definitely wanted to take home the sash this year!” said Rebecca, 20.

Annabelle, 19, was competing at this show for the first time with her ex-racehorse Storm Blue, who now events up to Novice level.

Alice Nunn took individual honours, having held off the challenge from Isobel Stenning from Garth Hunt. She rode the 12-year-old homebred mare Mai B, who competes up to 1.20m level in showjumping. “It feels surreal, this is the fourth time I’ve been on the team and after finishing third last year it’s amazing to win,” said Alice, who at 16 years old was the youngest member of the squad. “I came for a tootle round Hickstead and have come back with two sashes!”

Kathyrn Thomas, 17, also took third place individually with her showjumping mare LLF Marbella.

The winners were presented with their prizes by Rory Bremner, whose daughter Lila was competing in the Senior Schools competition. 

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