Essex (Firsts)

Report by Clark Glasgow

Cambridge University’s Equestrian Team set off to their third of four BUCS league competitions in high spirits after their convincing victory at UEA in mid-January.  They hoped to add to their two-point lead at the top of the table, and were impressed with the horses on offer for the dressage phase of the event.

All four members put in solid dressage tests with Ollie Coombe-Tenant, recently promoted from the second team in Ginny Fellow’s absence, put in a fantastic performance to achieve the best score on his horse, with an abundance of 8s and 9s.  Former GB dressage rider Steph Willis also gave an exhibition on a horse that proved a difficult ride, while Captain Alice Watson led the team with a stylish, accurate test.  Clark Glasgow rode a good attempt from first draw, with his stylish, pink themed mount.

 

Clark in the dressage phase

Next came the jumping phase, where a tight ring with multiple related distances took it’s toll on the style element of the rounds, while few fences fell.  Clark Glasgow looked more at home in this phase, producing a tidy clear, while his teammate Willis rode an immaculate round to record the best score on her horse.  Unfortunately, Coombe-Tenant struggled with a tired steed due to his late draw, incurring a fence down and a few sloppy jumps, which the otherwise affable judge punished harshly with low marks.  Despite Watson steadying the helm with another clear, Cambridge suffered on the style section of the jumping phase in comparison to the other teams.

Overall, despite a number of solid rounds, CUET could only come second to an in-form Writtle side, while Glasgow and Willis both managed individual placings.  The result sees them stay in the lead of their BUCS division by a solitary point over Writtle College, leaving all to play for in the last league match.

Team: Alice Watson (Captain), Clark Glasgow, Steph Willis, Ollie Coombe-Tennant.