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Area Show Jumping Qualifiers

A very early start (4.30 for many!!) for immaculate plaited ponies and riders, parents and supporters, we drove through torrential rain and deep puddles to arrive at the hosting venue by close to 7.30am.

Due to the advers weather conditions, the organisers decided that the Tack and Turnout competition would not run and that the Novice Competition would only have 1 round rather than the usual 2.  By the time the first of the 15 teams had jumped, i think everyone was soaked to the skin....but suffice to say all the ECHPC Teams did us proud!!!

Every single member rode confidently and deliberately in worsening conditions and despite a few poles rolling, not a single refusal between them and each memener left the ring smiling :)!

Our Novice teams came away with with some very credible results - 4th after a full team Jump Off (Ellie Robinson, Amy Flanagan, Ellie Pitman and Zoe Congdon), 6th (Max Frost, Grace Benallick, Katie Martin and Phoebe Frost) and 10th (with a team of 3 for Maddie Lee, Hattie Congdon and Demelza Morris).  Particular credit must go to Amy Flanagan who was placed 4th individually and qualified for the PC National Championships and also to Grace Benallick who was placed 10th.  Both had double clear rounds!

By the time our intermediate competitiors arrived the rain had stopped and the sun was shining!  Competing as just a team of 3 (Amy Blake, Isabelle Joce and Harriet Mitchell) again proved that ECHPS meant business and after the first round were equal 1st place with a combined total of just 4 faults.  Unfortunately luck was not with them in the second round, with a rew poles rolling meant they finished in 3rd place.

To complete the day, our Solo competitor Amy Benallick finished the day in the same way it had begun, with determination and good riding, resulting in her finishing 2nd as an individual and also qualifying her for the PC Championships!

Good Luck and well done to Amy F and Amy B who will now represent ECHPC in Cheshire towards the end of August!

Finally, a big thank you to Sandra Jones who spent the day giving all our members the benefit of her advice from Course Walking, to working in and to standing nervously as every memebr jumped!


Many congratulations to Emma Melhuish who has qualified for the the Pony Club Open Horse Trials Championships after competing this weekend at Treborough.  Emma was the only Area 16 members to qualify.  She had a good dressage and had a double clear over a very tough SJ and XC course.  Well done Emma, we look forward to following your progress at the Champs!  Best of Luck!

Area ODE - Lanhydrock 12/07/2015

Once again, we had a fantastic entry from ECHPC in the Area ODE hosted at Lanhydrock by North Cornwall PC.  It was a very challenging day due the amount of rain which made the ground very slippery!

Amy Blake competed in the intermediate class, we entered 2 teams in the Novice class and had 2 teams and one individual in the Pre Novice Class.  We had very good dressage scores from Hattie Congdon, Phoebe Frost, Ellie Robinson, and Grace Benallick in the Novice and Beth Pyzer, Bethany Coggon and Charlotte Hicks in the Pre Novice.

Due to the rain, the Showjumping course proved very tricky as it was slippery and uneven, but well done to Tilly Bassett and Beth Pyzer for getting clear rounds.

The Cross Country Course was up to height and very technical.  There were excellent clear rounds from a good number of members, particularly Demelza Morris whose pony had slipped in the Show Jumping.  Unfortunately, neither of the Novice teams were placed, but Max Frost was place 6th Individually.  Well done Max!

The Pre Novice teams had a number of our younger member, who rode exceptionally well in the XC phase.  Tilly Bassett had an unfortunate fall, landing on top of the fence, but recovered well!  The teams were place 3rd and 4th with super individual results for Lucie Jones (3rd) and Abi Baker (6th) in one arena and Isobel Thomas (3rd) and Evie Baker (6th) in the other!  Very well done to Lucie, Isobel and Evie for clear rounds in both the SJ and XC phase.

Once again It was lovely to see the club so well represented.

PPC ZONE FINALS - Taunton Race Course

It was an early start for everyone especially our senior members and parents, to be at Taunton Racecourse for an 8.45 tack inspection.  As always, we were impeccably turned out.  The competition was tough and fast and we tried our best, but it wasn't quite enough, with our Seniors being placed 12th.

The Juniors Tack and turnout inspection was quite literally a washout, 30 minutes torrential downpour did not help anyone's ability to stay clean!, but I am proud to say that East Cornwall did not let themselves or their club down in any way.  Again the Prince Philip Cup Zone Final is tough and our juniors did really well within their heats, but each time, just not quite enough to get to the final heat to gain the bigger points.  The Juniors placed 9th.

I am so proud of each of our children, the dedication to practice time, the work involved, learning each race, the fun and laughter, thrills'n'spills along the way, some frustration and disappointment, but most importantly the friendships with each other and their ponies is a joy to watch and one and can't wait for next year!  A huge thank you to all the dedicated parents and our wonderful trainer Sarah Martin - THANK YOU!

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