School team gallops to championship glory

De Aston's equestrian team have been named regional champions
De Aston's equestrian team have been named regional champions
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DE ASTON School equestrian team have been named regional champions in a hard-fought event.

The qualifiers were held at Arena UK near Grantham, where De Aston fielded two all- girl teams at 80cm and 90cm, made up of Beth Sharp riding Streamstown Billy, Sarah Howard on Chick, Darbi Murphy on Jessie’s Lovely Tinker and Charlotte Emmerson on Black Diamond.

Beth and Sarah jumped really nice steady clear rounds, with Charlotte jumping a fast clear round, but a technical fault penalised her.

However Darbi managed to get a very quick time, which put her into third place individually and the team into the top slot out of 18 schools from across the region.

Team manager Sandra Murphy said: “I am so proud of the girls, they pulled out all the stops.

“They were determined to qualify for the National Championships and they did it in style.”

And Mark Dan of Cardsave UK, one of the team’s sponsors, was equally delighted to hear the news.

“We have sponsored the team since it was formed last year and they have gone from strength to strength.

“We are very proud of what the teams have achieved and are happy to provide some financial support for them to go to the Nationals in October.”

The De Aston School Equestrian Team is open to all pupils currently in full time education.

The team encourages competitive riding from novice (Grass Roots) to Open level in showjumping, eventing, dressage and arena eventing.

If anyone is interested in becoming part of the equestrian team, contact reception at De Aston School for more information.