Ellie and Bridget Hall's 7 year old gelding Joubert won the National Schools Team final last week representing Dauntsey's school together with Amber Fletcher, Katinka Beckett and Lauren Dallison. They qualified last winter for the National Schools Championships and have been looking forward to their two nights sleepover in tee pee tents and lorries since!
Moley (Joubert) jumped three out of three clear rounds, Amber and Smokey four out of four clear rounds while Tinks (Connor) and Lauren (Blues) just rolled one pole each on the second day but it was all about day one.
Wednesday morning they needed three team members to jump clear and fairly quickly, which they did, so finished the morning qualifier in 3rd place. But then the slate was cleared and they needed a further three clears with much faster times and it was a nail-biting finish waiting for the last two riders to jump - and luckily both were slower leaving Dauntsey's as the champions! So exciting and thoroughly deserved!
Mums Ali, Sam and Izzy were brilliant grooms and cooks while Cinda managed to warm the girls up and do course walks. The team won beautiful rugs and plaques plus some training vouchers and had a brilliant lap of honour.
Thank you to owner Bridget Hall for letting Joubert represent Dauntsey's, and to Pure Feed, Devoucoux, Westgate, Freejump, HRP Equestrian and Foxy Equestrian for their support.
What a fabulous two weeks Ellie has had with her two super little horses. Moley (Joubert) and Shrimp (Mandorior) are now having a two week holiday and will be focusing on a few more events in September and October once the ground hopefully softens up.