Cranleigh riders represented Surrey, as the Surrey Show Jumping and Dressage Champions, at the NSEA National County Championships which took place in Bedfordshire over three days last weekend.

The dressage riders came away with the bronze medal in a closely fought competition where the final scores for the top three teams ranged from 69.45 in first to 69.26 in third. With 22 counties being represented this was an excellent result for our team. Josh Moore also took 7th place in a very close Prelim Individual competition.

The junior show jumping team went one better and took the silver medal position, being one of only three teams out of the 24 competing to finish the two round competition on zero faults. An excellent result for Bella Barker, Scarlet Stehlik, Annabel Innes and Annie Vitek. The junior novice team also produced some excellent rounds to find themselves just being edged out of the top eight placings on time, as one of eight teams to finish on a final score of four faults in a competition involving 32 teams.

The senior team had mixed results which meant no team placing for them but in the Advanced 1.10 class Freya Hough, competing in her 7th and final County Championships, came 5th, a fitting result to end her reign as Surrey Individual Show Jumping Champion.

The riders have qualified several teams to compete in next month’s NSEA Eventers Challenge Championship at Hickstead and they will also begin their quest to qualify for the National Championships in October over the coming term.