A total of 28 ponies and 26 riders from several Borders towns qualified to travel down to Addington Manor in Buckinghamshire recently for the National Schools Equestrian Association Championships.
Every single pupil who attended rode superbly.
Addington Manor is an international venue which has the atmosphere to go with it and the whole experience, although fantastic, is incredibly nerve-wracking and daunting.
The riders had qualified in showjumping, arena eventing and dressage at various Scottish qualifiers throughout the year.
There were more than 800 riders taking part over three days of incredibly high standard of competition.
The quality of ponies and riders was very high – with the top combinations from schools all over Britain taking part.
And if that wasn’t enough to contend with, there were also more than 4,000 spectators.
The Borders teams and individuals rode well over some very technical and big courses and also claimed some top 10 placings.
Jedburgh Grammar School were represented by Jodi Gregg, Lucy King, Catherine Soeder and Emma Stenhouse in the Junior team. Rebecca Dunn, Ellie Meldrum, Samantha Martin And Lucy Soeder formed the Senior team, with Martin also competing individually for dressage, and Meldrum for showjumping and arena eventing.
Kelso High School was represented by Duncan McFadyen, Imogen Johnstone Jones, Louise Hebdon, Rebecca Buckley, Erin Lathangie and Rowan Henderson.
Earlston High School had Gabrielle Purves entered and Amy Coultherd was in action for Selkirk High.
Riding for Edenside Primary School were Jessica Howlett and Olivia Stratford, while Sophie Mason competed for St Mary’s in Melrose.
Morebattle Primary School were represented by Katy McFadyen, Amy Ralston, Katie Edgar, Vicky Edgar and Alex Edgar, while Borderers riding for St George’s in Edinburgh were Lucinda Crawford and Georgia Buchan.
Jedburgh, in particular, had some fantastic results, with their junior team being placed 10th overall in Arena Eventing and 14th in showjumping - a remarkable achievement.
Samantha Martin was fourth overall in her individual dressage and Ellie Meldrum seventh overall in individual showjumping over a 95cm course.
This was a great experience for all riders, parents & ponies involved.
All of these teams incurred huge costs to get there.A special thanks goes to Eric Gillies, who took eight ponies down.
Local organisers would like to thank all businesses and organisations who helped raise the funds to enable the riders to participate.
For full results, visit http://www.nsea.org.uk/championships-2014