Pipers pupils put on a top Challenge display
School girls taste success individually and as a team
THE Pipers Corner School equestrian team put on a superb display at the Inter-Schools Team and Individual County Challenge Show Jumping qualifiers for Bucks, Herts and Beds.
The Great Kingshill-based school entered six teams in the competition, which took place at Bury Farm Equestrian Village, and all the girls rode fantastically to earn welldeserved success, showing their quality with both individual and team success.
In the 70cm County Challenge qualifier, there was a third place finish for the Pipers team of Phoebe Hendry, Jemima Cranley, Olivia Stirrat and Laura Derry and, as the highest placed Bucks team, became Bucks county champions.
This means they have qualified for the National County Challenge Championships in April while, individually, there were also fifth and sixth place finishes out of 68 competitors for Hendry and Stirrat.
For the 80cm County Challenge
FIRST PLACE: The Pipers Corner 80cm County Challenge team qualifier, Hendry, Stirrat and Cranley were joined by Laura Derry, and the team all rode skillfully for a well-deserved first place, which also qualifies them for the National County Challenge Championships in April.
An individual first place on a pony she has only had for three weeks saw Stirrat nevertheless finished first overall out of 110 competitors, and she qualifies for the nationals as an individual, as well as with the team.
Elsewhere, in Class 2 (Grass Roots Qualifier 50cm), Pipers were able to boast the individual winner out of 28 competitors, while the team came third, and in Class 3 (Grass Roots Qualifier 60cm), the school bagged sixth place out of 31 competitors individually and the team again managed third.
These fantastic results mean the teams have qualified for both the 50cm and 60cm competitions in the regional championships, which will take place later this year, while two riders have also qualified to take part in their respective individual competitions.
Other commendable performances came from the Pipers team in a very competitive 90cm County Challenge qualifier, which included sixth and eighth place individual finishes out of 105 riders.
The same team also competed in the 1m County Challenge qualifier, the first time that Pipers has had a team or individuals in a competition at this height, and all of the girls rode with guts and steely determination, with eighth and 10th place finishes out of 53 competitors.
PE teacher Jackie McGonigle said: “All the girls rode very well and should be extremely proud of their amazing achievements. They were a real credit to the school and, as one parent commented, it is exciting to think that these girls may be our future champions in the sport of equestrianism.”