Borders youngsters ride high at Nationals

Jedburgh Grammar School ' 1st & Champions 95cm showjumping ' Ellie Meldrum, Rebecca Dun, Samantha Martin & Emma Stenhouse'                Earlston High School ' 6th 95cm Showjumping Shannon Purves, Gabrielle Purves and Katie Rourke'                Morebattle Primary School ' 1st & Champions 75cm Showjumping Katy McFadyen, Katie Edgar, Vicky Edgar & Alex Edgar'                Kelso High School 2nd 75cm Showjumping ' Amy Ralston, Georgia Buckley, Rebecca Buckley & Frankie Home Mossop
Jedburgh Grammar School ' 1st & Champions 95cm showjumping ' Ellie Meldrum, Rebecca Dun, Samantha Martin & Emma Stenhouse' Earlston High School ' 6th 95cm Showjumping Shannon Purves, Gabrielle Purves and Katie Rourke' Morebattle Primary School ' 1st & Champions 75cm Showjumping Katy McFadyen, Katie Edgar, Vicky Edgar & Alex Edgar' Kelso High School 2nd 75cm Showjumping ' Amy Ralston, Georgia Buckley, Rebecca Buckley & Frankie Home Mossop

Local equestrian teams and individuals were jumping for joy following the National Schools Equestrian Association Championships at Addington Manor.

Pupils, staff and supporters from four Borders schools did the 700 mile round trip to compete at the prestigious event in Buckinghamshire which has now run for nearly 20 years.

About 1000 riders qualify each year to compete in various levels of dressage, show jumping and jumping with style competitions over three days of intense competition. And talented children from around the Borders enjoyed some very good results. Jedburgh Grammar School were thrilled to win the Championship of the 95cm show jumping in the Olympic size Arena on the Saturday night. The team of Emma Stenhouse, Samantha Martin, Rebecca Dun & Ellie Meldrum qualified for the final in sixth place. A lovely, sensible clear round from last to go Ellie Meldrum on Sylvestor 60 helped the team to finish on a team score of four faults to take the title.

The Earlston team of Shannon Purves, Gabrielle Purves and Katie Rourke, despite not having a fourth member in their squad to use as a drop score, all did lovely rounds to finish in sixth place overall.

Morebattle Primary (only one of two primary schools involved in the Championships) and Kelso High had both qualified in the top eight teams for the 75cm Championship later that night. A nerve racking competition saw it coming down to the final pony to jump to decide which of these two teams would be champion as they were the only two teams on a zero score.

Last to jump Katy McFadyen on Bounty 11 rode an accurate and careful round to help her team mates from Morebattle take the honours by 1.5 seconds from their near neighbours at Kelso High School whose team comprised of Amy Ralston, Frankie Home Mossop, Georgia Buckley and Rebecca Buckley.

This was a fitting finale for the Morebattle Team who were riding in their last competition before moving up to Kelso High School. Full results and team line-ups on page 72.