Ely riders pick up a saddleful of awards

King's winning 90cm team.

King's winning 90cm team. - Credit: Archant

Equestrian The Jays Equestrian Centre is proving to be a lucky venue for the riders of King’s Ely as they came away with another round of top prizes.

Rebecca Everitt on her pony Rita.

Rebecca Everitt on her pony Rita. - Credit: Archant

Following recent team wins at the venue, near Bury St Edmunds, many of the same riders were instrumental in the team victory in the 80cms and 90cms classes last week.

The course of 15 jumps, cross country and show jumps, was not without its challenges, so clear rounds were at a premium.

A 20 second penalty for any jumps knocked down proved expensive for many riders.

King’s Ely sent six riders to the event, covering five classes, with teams in two of them.

The 60cms class gave a second place to Rebecca Everitt on her pony Rita. They also produced a great round in the 70cms.

Thea Holdaway, on her pony Benji, rode confidently in the 60 and 70cms.

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The riders for the 80cms team were Katie Cameron, Rachael Attwood, and Freia Gould. Everitt came in as a last minute sub to replace the fourth member of the team who was unwell, and was very glad she did. She produced a superb clear round, which complemented the rest of the team’s results in this class, giving them first place.

There was an individual second place for Cameron on Maylands Delight, and a sixth place for Attwood on Flo Flying Fantasy.

The 90cms team were joined by Eleanor Fairey, and her pony Tetcott Cracker Jack. Several clear rounds in a fast time gave the team of Eleanor, Katie, Rachael and Freia another first place. This time Rachael was awarded an individual fifth place.

The final class of the day was the 1m class, with Katie and Eleanor both competing as individuals. A change of pony for Katie, on her second ride Dundee Spirit, proved rewarding with a fifth place in a class where less than half the class produced clear rounds.