Writtle (Firsts)

Report by Alice Watson

Wednesday 5th March saw the team from Cambridge competing in their final competition of the BUCS mini League. This match was met with much apprehension, as all riders were keen to get the team through to the regional rounds. Thankfully nerves failed to get the better of anyone, and everyone remained calm throughout the day enabling some great results.

The dressage phase brought about more excitement than anticipated as a UEA rider found the ‘GO’ button on her horse, somewhat losing control. Thankfully for Cambridge Steph had drawn this horse, and went on to perform an excellent demonstration of just how well horses can go when they are ridden correctly. Writtle provided an excellent spread for lunch, raising everyone’s spirits for the afternoon’s jumping.

Our first glimpse of the show jumping horses provided mixed emotions, some riders looked on with excitement whilst others felt butterflies flutter in their stomachs. Cambridge again kept their cool despite 1 elimination and 1 rider retiring prior to starting the course. Alice managed possibly the fastest course she has done this season. Clark was over the moon with his draw and jumped a gorgeous round on a scopey mount.

Alice in the dressage phase.

The end of the day saw Writtle in the lead and Cambridge not far behind in 2nd place, Steph was placed 4th individually after some fantastic riding. Thankfully this result has left Cambridge top of the league, allowing them to qualify for the next stage of the competition, making this team the most successful team for several years. The regional round will be held at Warwickshire College on 2nd April.