Princethorpe Teams Placed Second and Third In Inter-Schools Two-Day Event
Over the bank holiday weekend 27-28 May Princethorpe College hosted the 2017 National Schools Two-Day Event Competition. The event included dressage and show-jumping on the Saturday with roads and tracks, steeplechase and cross country on the Sunday. The competition was open to riding clubs and schools and included classes at 80cm, Novice 90cm, Open 100cm and Independent Schools’ Association classes.
This was the third year running that the event was hosted on the Princethorpe estate and the course looked magnificent against the backdrop of the Princethorpe Tower. The competition takes a huge amount of organisation; and our thanks go to the school staff who together with an army of volunteers and some beautiful British weather ensured the event was such a sensational success.
More than 245 horses and riders took part over the two days in what is recognised as the ultimate all-round test of horse and rider. The Princethorpe pupils involved performed magnificently and we were incredibly proud to see them taking part. They finished in 2nd place in the ISA 90cm team competition and 3rd in the ISA 80cm team competition. An excellent haul of rosettes against competition that came from as far afield as Northumberland.
Alex Darkes, Princethorpe organiser, said, “This has been our biggest two-day event ever at Princethorpe and it was really good to see a strong presence of school participants once again. Changing the location of the dressage and show jumping worked really well and we have plans to make some exciting additions to the cross country course for 2018. Our thanks go to members of Stoneleigh Riding Club and all the other volunteers, without whom we would have been unable to stage such a busy event.”
There will be more equestrian action taking place at Princethorpe shortly - the Inter-Schools’ Dressage Competition is scheduled for Saturday 8 July and spectators are most welcome.
Princethorpe pupils competing in the 80cm competition were Georgia Gorton (Y12), Lottie Paybody (Y7) and Lucy Watts (Y8) and in the 90cm competition were Mya Lloyd-Thomas (Y9), Evie Robinson (Y10), Libby Chapman (Y7), Robyn Field (Y8) and Jess Johnson (Y10).
Photos From The Event