The Junior and Intermediate equestrian teams from Strathallan are celebrating after both securing first place in the Class 1 and Class 3 events at this year’s Scottish Schools Equestrian Championships, which took place on 24th April at Highfield Equestrian Centre in Howe of Fife.
The Junior team, which comprised of Meghan MacDonald, Topaz Walker and Maia Fleming, started the competition with confident rounds in both dressage and show jumping. The 12 and under Class 1 event saw Maia take first place in the individual show jumping and third place in dressage in Arena B, taking the overall third sport. Meghan won the individual dressage in Arena A and took second place overall.
With a strong effort by all three pupils, the girls were delighted to win the trophy for the best overall team, the first time Strathallan has won this Class in the history of the competition.
Continuing the winning streak for Strathallan, the Intermediate team, which comprised of 14 and under pupils Brook Walker, Hugh Nichols, Alasdair MacDonald and Sophia Henderson, provided an impressive performance to come away with the Class 3 overall team winner. Brook Walker achieved third place in the individual dressage and won the show jumping, placing her in overall third. Hugh Nichols rode an excellent dressage to put him in the top sport in Arena A and his confident show jumping round rewarded him with second place.
Julie Summersgill, Strathallan Equestrian Teams Coordinator, commented on their achievement:
“This was a brilliant result for both the Junior and Intermediate teams and I’m extremely proud of their success. To be the first team from Strathallan to win the Junior Class since we began entering the Championship 15 years ago is a great achievement and a real testament to the pupil’s hard work. It was also a fantastic result for the Intermediate team, who secured first place for the first time in five years.”
Strathallan secured the overall team win in Class 1, beating five other teams and Class 3, beating eight teams to secure first place.
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