The new showjumping season starts with a bang

De Aston Equestrian team has made a great start to the showjumping season
De Aston Equestrian team has made a great start to the showjumping season
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The new season started with the first National Schools Equestrian Association regional competition at the International Indoor Arena.

The De Aston School Equestrian Teams managed to field two teams and an individual to compete for the school against other schools from the Lincolnshire and Yorkshire regions.

The 70cm Showjumping team consisted of Olivia Vessey, riding Flash Bang Wallop, Georgie Marriott, on her pony Princess Dee Dee, Mollie Newsham, on Something Special, and Natasha Crawford on Army of Angels.

Olivia Vessey jumped first and finished with a super fast clear round from Flash.

Georgie Marriott followed with an exciting round, with Dee Dee cutting corners and taking strides out to go into the lead.

Mollie showed how skilful she was by making short work of the course, however Jody just tipped the last pole to finish on four faults.

The last rider in was Natasha on Army of Angels, she rode the best she has ever ridden and jumped a very controlled clear round, which meant the team went into first place.

And Georgie Marriott’s amazing round earned her first place individual and Olivia’s round earned her second place individual.

For the 80cm team, Olivia Vessey, Natasha Crawford and Georgie Marriott were joined by Beth Freer, riding Mr Mischief.

After a very long wait, due to an unfortunate fall in the arena, the De Aston team eventually set off, with Olivia going first.

A slight lapse of concentration left her with an unfortunate eight faults, but she carried on and jumped a super round.

Beth entered the arena determined to have a good round and set off meaning business, but had a very unlucky pole at the last.

Next in was Natasha, who rode with determination, but just tipped a couple of poles.

This left Georgie to do what she does best; she went round under control with superb skill making all the turns and taking some super strides out, shaving seconds off the time to gain another individual first place.

The team finished on a score of 12 faults and with Georgie’s incredible time 
put them into sixth place, ahead of sporting rivals King Edwards Grammar School, Louth.

Team captain Charlotte Emmerson arrived later in the day to jump the 90cm class as an individual and even though this was the first competition since her recent injury she only rolled a pole.

She also rode brilliantly in the 1m class, with a superb time, but just a pole at the last.

Team Manager Sandra Murphy said: “We have had an influx of talented year sevens this year who have proved to be a force to be reckoned with and will definitely be defending the De Aston School Regional Champions title this season.”