College Hosts Biggest Ever Two-Day Event

Over the Bank Holiday Weekend, Saturday 26 to Sunday 27 May, Princethorpe College played host to the 2018 National Schools Two-Day Event.

Run in conjunction with Stoneleigh Riding Club a record 250 plus competitors took part in the two-day event, the only ‘long format’ competition open to schools and riding clubs in the UK. It included dressage and show-jumping on the Saturday and roads and tracks, steeplechase and cross country on the Sunday.

This was the fourth year running that the event was hosted on the Princethorpe estate and the course looked magnificent against the backdrop of the Princethorpe Tower. This year there was a challenging new addition to the cross country course, a new permanent water jump generously built by the event’s main sponsors, The Wigley Group, who have strong connections to the College. As well as being a fantastic enhancement to the course, the deep pools within the water jump will be used by pupils year round supporting environmental and wildlife studies.

The competition takes a huge amount of organisation and our thanks go to the school staff and Stoneleigh Riding Club who, together with an army of volunteers and some beautiful British weather, ensured the event was a such a success.

Princethorpe’s riders rode magnificently and we were incredibly proud to see them taking part. Competing in the 80cm class, Year 7 pupil Sophie Glover was part of a local schools’ team placed third in the ISA 80cm competition, riding her horse Dolly at her very first cross country event. Sophie also picked up best Warwickshire school competitor. Year 8s Lottie Paybody and Libby Chapman and Year 9 Robyn Field have all represented Princethorpe before and this year finished in a respectable sixth place in the ISA 90cm team competition and came top in the Novice ISA competition winning the ISA Shield. Lottie Paybody also won best Warwickshire school individual in the 90cm section 6 and Libby Chapman picked up the same prize in the 90cm section 7.

Assistant Head, Alex Darkes, Princethorpe’s equestrian event 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. The new water jump was an exciting addition to the cross country course. Our thanks go to members of Stoneleigh Riding Club, key sponsors The Wigley Group, Howkins & Harrison and Listers Group, our Grounds and Estates Teams and all the 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 30 June and spectators are most welcome.