Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Cotley Hunt Pony Club recently had two team victories at the Pony Club National Championships.
The Girls tetrathlon team won the intermediate girls team event held at Bishop Burton College in Yorkshire in early August and the open dressage team won their team event held at Cholmondley Castle in mid-August.
Both events had team and individual competitors from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales competing. A special mention must go to Georgina Ewell who competed in both teams on the same horse.
The Cotley open dressage team members were Jessica Gundry on Charlton Blue, Kate Sopwith on Celeste, Sophie Benger with Killarney and Georgina Ewell with Zoretto, both Gundry and Ewell did extremely well achieving individual placings, both competed in the Elite class riding an advanced medium test, Ewell came third whilst Gundry was fifth and she also rode in the dressage to music competition and was placed third.
In the team event Gundry won her arena, with Ewell second in her arena and Sopwith seventh in her arena.
Sophie Benger also qualified on Killarney as an individual for the show jumping championships where she did very well by being one of only 13 double clear rounds out of 66 starters and with a pole down in the final round she came 10th overall.
Layla Felgate riding Ricas Moon Shadow also represented the Cotley Pony Club at Cholmondley Castle in the open eventing, this was a stiff competition, Felgate came fourth which was a brilliant result and a great credit to her and Cotley Pony club to be placed at this level.
Many Thanks go to Sarah Clist the chef d’equipe who helped and organised them all over the four days at Cholmondley Castle.
The Cotley Intermediate Girls tetrathlon team of Mollie Hansford (16), Layla Felgate (16), Rebecca Handford (15) and Georgina Ewell (14) beat eleven teams by a huge margin of 788 points, to convincingly win the Intermediate Championships.
The multi-event sport of Tetrathlon incorporates Pistol shooting, Swimming, Running and Cross Country Horse Riding.
The girls were strong and consistent across all the phases, particularly the run where three of them finished in the top 10.
They secured their victory with four clear rides over the challenging Cross Country course. There were 105 competitors in the class who had all qualified to attend the Championships.
Individually, Hansford finished second, Felgate fifth, Handford was 12th and Ewell 39th.
Dan Handford (18) also qualified as an individual to compete in the Open Boys Class. He shot well, swam a huge personal best in the pool, was seventh in the 3 km run and rode one of only five clear rounds in the whole class.
Handford finished seventh in the Senior Class of 26 Boys and now hopes to be shortlisted to represent GBR in Australia next year.