Pipers pupils put on a top Chal­lenge dis­play

School girls taste suc­cess in­di­vid­u­ally and as a team

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - By Re­becca Con­way tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.”

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