Borders riders on form in equestrian qualifier

Louise Hebdon, a member of Kelso High School's winning intermediate team (picture by www.sinclairphotography.co.uk)

Louise Hebdon, a member of Kelso High School's winning intermediate team (picture by www.sinclairphotography.co.uk)

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School riders from the south did the Borders proud last Saturday against teams from throughout Scotland and the north of England, competing in the National Schools Equestrian Association qualifier at Selkirk.

Kelso High School topped both the novice and intermediate show jumping sections at Ian Stark Equestrian Centre, which attracted teams from as far afield as Sedbergh School and Dollar Academy.

Their winning intermediate team of Louise Hebdon, Emily Edgar, Katy McFadzen and Molly Howlett qualified for the National Schools Championships at Addington in Buckinghamshire next month.

Sixteen-year-old Louise Hebdon from Coldstream, also rode Sam – a six-year-old gelding she has only owned for seven weeks - to land the advanced open class in the individual competition.

Their winning novice team comprised 13-year-old twins Vicky and Katie Edgar, Alex Edgar, and Katy McFadyen (13).

The McFadyen family, whose mother Gillian is team manager for Kelso High School, dominated in the opening warm-up class, won by Katy, riding Smokey, with brother Rory finishing second and third.

Katy also partnered Mileage for Milo to land the mini competition and qualify for Addington as an individual.

Amy Morris (11) from Lauder rode Bramble to qualify in the open as an individual, and also formed part of the victorious Earlston High School team with her 12-year-old sister Megan, Gabby Purves (14) and Katie Rourke (15).

Course designer Neil Foster set competitors an interesting course, with riders opting for the shortest route in their bid for a good score.

Team qualification at novice went to Peebles High School (Daragh Ramage, Alice Bryce, and Persia Bhatia) and Jedburgh Grammar School (James Smith, Millie Scott and Anna King).

Earlston High School (Laura Brown, Katie Rourke, Lewis Marshall and Amy Morris) took the second qualifying ticket at intermediate. Results:

Individual warm-up – 1, Katy McFadyen, Kelso High; 2, & 3, Rory McFadyen., Morebattle Primary Mini – 1, (Q) Katy McFadyen; 2, Rachel Keddie, Selkirk High; 3, (Q) Katie Edgar, Kelso High. Novice – 1, Amy Ralston, Kelso High; 2, (Q) Katy McFadyen; 3, (Q) Vicky Edgar, Kelso High. Intermediate – 1, Vicky Edgar; 2, (Q) Katie Edgar; 3, (Q) – Becky Forster, Jedburgh Grammar. Open – 1, (Q) Amy Morris, Earlston High; 2, (Q) Rebecca Buckley, Kelso High; 3, Gabby Purves, Earlston High. Advanced open, pony – 1, (Q) Elizabeth Gale, Sedbergh; 2, (Q) Gabby Purves; 3, Megan Morris, Earlston High. Horse – 1, (Q) Louise Hebdon, Kelso High; 2, (Q)Gabby Purves; 3, Megan Morris.

Teams, mini – 1, (Q) Kelso High, Linton (Vicky Edgar, Katie Edgar, Alex Edgar, Katy McFadyen); 2, Kelso High, Floors (Olivia Straford, Georgia Buckley, Katy McFadyen, Amy Ralston); 3, Kelso High, Morebattle (Vicky Edgar, Katie Edgar, Alex Edgar, Katy McFadyen). Novice – 1, Kelso High, Morebattle (Vicky Edgar, Katie Edgar, Alex Edgar, Katy McFadyen) ; 2, Kelso High, Linton (Vicky Edgar, Katie Edgar, Alex Edgar, Katy McFadyen); 3, Kelso High, Floors (Olivia Straford, Georgia Buckley, Molly Howlett, Amy Raltson). Intermediate – 1, (Q) Kelso High (Louise Hebdon, Emily Edgar, Katy McFadyen, Molly Howlett); 2, Jedburgh Grammar (Lucy King, Becky Forster, Jodi Gregg, Elllie Meldrum); 3, (Q) Earlston High (Laura Brown, Katie Rourke, Lewis Marshall, Amy Morris). Open – 1, Earlston High (Gabby Purves, Megan Morris, Amy Morris, Katie Rourke).

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