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Queen Mary’s School Riders, The Best in England

The equestrian teams from Queen Mary’s School have put Yorkshire on the map this weekend as they have become the top English school equestrian team in two of their respective classes.

A record seven teams and six individual girls took part in the National Schools Equestrian Association (NSEA) Championship Finals this weekend and amongst strong competition competed in Show Jumping and Jumping With Style classes at 70cm, 80cm, 90cm and 110cm.

After qualifiers with hundreds of teams and finals including over 40 teams per class, the Queen Mary’s 80cm Show Jumping team and 80cm Jumping With Style team finished as the top English school and second in the UK. There were also successes for the 70cm Show Jumping Team coming 10th in the UK and the 90cm Show Jumping Team taking 5th place. As an individual the Queen Mary’s Riding Captain, Dee Ormston was also awarded a fantastic 3rd place in the individual competition for the 90cm Show Jumping.

Dee Ormston was delighted: “It has been an amazing experience to compete at this level. There is so much hard work that goes on behind the scenes so for us to pull together as a team at the right time and bring home so many rosettes is a fantastic achievement.”

Emma Swinburn, Queen Mary’s Riding Manager said: “I am so proud of every one of the girls for going up against some of the largest schools in the country and succeeding. They all displayed excellent technical and riding ability alongside good attitude and horsemanship throughout the weekend.”

Carole Cameron, Head at Queen Mary’s School said: “Congratulations to the girls and our Equestrian Centre staff including Emma Swinburn and Robert Blane for their year-round dedication. Qualification for the national finals is a tremendous achievement in itself but for a team where all the girls are aged 16 or younger, the qualification is even more impressive. Queen Mary’s provides girls with the opportunity to compete at a high level from a young age and also to gain confidence and self-assurance.”

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