The equestrian team from Mayfield School are celebrating yet another impressive showjumping success after winning the National Eventers Challenge Open Team and Individual Championships at Hickstead
Mayfield School’s Katie Higgins, Anna Martin, Bindy Vereker and Kitty Ashby competed against other schools from as far afield as Cornwall and North Yorkshire and although the competition was fierce and the final positions very close, the Mayfield quartet managed to clinch victory.
As well as winning the Eventers Challenge, another of Mayfield’s teams, made up of Scarlett Vereker, Catherine Haurie-Moss, Tara Keoshgerian and Amy Whiffen, came third in the Open competition with Amy also being crowned the National Individual Champion.
The showjumping courses were technical and included banks, dips, steps and a water splash. Timing was very tight, which caused a number of riders to make errors but the Mayfield girls held their nerve and were triumphant.
Their National Eventers Challenge Open successes follow on from the school’s National County Show jumping title, which they won in April.
“It is a great asset to have such strength and depth in our squad,” said a spokesperson for the all-girls school.
“Whilst other schools may be able to field a team, our recent successes stem from our numbers. Having so many fine riders raises the standard of our teams and also gives us plenty of options during the selection process.”