Bakewell riders win national equestrian competition

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Talented horse riders from Bakewell’s Lady Manners School have beaten stiff competition to become UK champions in a national equestrian competition.

The National Schools Equestrian Association (NSEA) attracts hundreds of riders, representing schools from the length and breadth of the country, to events throughout the year.

The competitors take part in show jumping, arena eventing and dressage events.

These events culminate in the National Championships which were held in October at Addington Manor near Buckingham. The Championships were attended by over 500 riders.

Lady Manners School riders have trained hard during the course of the year, attending six qualifying events.

This resulted in 13 riders from nine teams from the school qualifying for the National Championships.

The three day event showcased a very high standard of riding. At the end of the competition Lady Manners School emerged as National Champions in not one, but two categories.

Lydia Balls, Molly Fletcher, Lauren Maycock and Jess Sutton convincingly beat more than 40 teams to claim the title of 80cm Show Jumping National Champions.

Molly Fletcher, Lauren Maycock, Barney Newsome and Jess Sutton clinched a further top spot in a similarly hard-fought contest to become 80cm Arena Eventing National Champions.

Sarah Green, the Lady Manners School equestrian team Mmanager, said: “This has been an amazing opportunity for our riders to experience competition at this level - for some of them, for the first time.

“We are fortunate to have very talented riders, fantastic ponies and parents who are willing to support us all the way. I am so proud of all of the whole team.”