Huish Episcopi Academy Equestrian Team excel at the National Schools Association Championships.
A massive congratulation goes to the Huish Episcopi Academy Equestrian Team who won the 80-85cm and 90-95cm competition held at King Sedgemoor Equestrian centre in July to qualify for the National School Association (NSEA) Plate Championships at Keysoe in Bedford which was held on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd December 2017.
The Championships showed some top-class riding. On Saturday the 2nd December the team consisting of Lexi Opperman, Meredith Fisher, Zoe Stanbury and Kate Cullum rode a very technical 80-85 cm show jumping round followed by a fast-cross-country section against a large number of schools from across the country. ‘Huish Hotshots’ received some excellent comments from the judges on their style, accuracy and time of their jumping rounds. The standard and precision of their riding resulted in them achieving 3rd place against some very strong school teams from across the country.
On Sunday 3rd December 2017, a second Huish team of Lauryn Turner, Lexi Opperman, Meredith Fisher and Louise Cowling were eager to rise to the challenge and achieve the same fantastic result as their team mates. This time it was the very challenging intermediate course of 90-95cm. The girls rode at the top of their game, receiving some very commendable comments from the judges again on style, speed and accuracy of their jumping to achieve a very respectable 6th place in a very strong class. Lexi Opperman also gained an individual placing of 5th.
The weekend showed some top-class riding. The girls have shown huge talent and commitment to go out there and do the very best for their school, beating many private schools from across the county. Huish Episcopi were the only Academy to make it to the NSEA Championships and to be in the top 6 schools in the country is outstanding.
Equestrian Team Manager Lindsay Opperman said:
‘I am so proud of the girls and their horses, they have show huge commitment and determination in their riding, it’s a huge achievement just to qualify for the National Schools Championship, but to actually achieve 3rd and 6th place in the country is truly inspiring.’