Glaisdale girls thrill in national hat-trick

Novice show jumping team Anna Wood (riding TJ), Maizie Thompson (Bob), Issy Hogarth (Beauty) and Tilly Adamski (Henry)
Novice show jumping team Anna Wood (riding TJ), Maizie Thompson (Bob), Issy Hogarth (Beauty) and Tilly Adamski (Henry)

The Glaisdale Hunt branch of the pony club is celebrating a hat-trick of national championship titles.

Following on from the success of the girls’ mounted games and intermediate tetrathlon team, reported in last Friday’s Gazette, the novice show jumping team also proved themselves to be the nation’s best.

District Commissioner Jenny Fowles said: “There are 344 branches of the pony club in the UK, most of which field at least one team in the early stages of these competitions, so to win through to the championships is in itself a big achievement.

“To come out overall winners in one would be amazing, but to do it in three is incredible – even more so when you consider that teams we were up against were from branches much larger than ours. “

Three of the games team – Maizie Thompson, Tilly Adamski and Issy Hogarth were also in the show jumping team, with Issy riding the same pony, Beauty, in both.

“As District Commisioner, I am very proud of not only the achievements of our branch but the way our members are always so supportive of each other, with the older ones helping out the younger ones.”

The club’s novice show jumping team of Anna Wood, riding TJ, Maizie Thompson (Bob), Issy Hogarth (Beauty) and Tilly Adamski (Henry), travelled to Kelsall Hall in Cheshire for the Novice Championships.

Each team member jumps two rounds, and the best three scores from each round are added together to give a final team score.

The Glaisdale girls finished on four faults, and having been drawn to ride early in the day, then had a long wait as there were 45 teams contesting the prize.

By the end of the second round with no teams clear, there was a jump off between the five teams on four faults.

Drawn last to go, this was again a real test of nerve, and with supporters again hardly able to watch, the Glaisdale girls all kept their cool under pressure and jumped well to come out winners.

“It is an amazing achievement for a small club,” added Jenny.