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Pupil selected for Regional Championships

14-year-old Jessica Baker in Year 10 at Rendcomb College, has just been selected for the South Wales and Central U18 British Eventing Team and will be now be competing at the four day Regional Equestrian Championships at Frickley Park, South Yorkshire at the end of July.

Jessica riding her horse, Pete. Photo credit: Top Shots Photography

The BE100 U18 programme allows riders to compete against their own age group and provides a stepping stone up to Pony Trials/Pony Squad or the Novice U18 Regional Programme. The country is divided into eight regions and every year, each region holds a minimum of four qualifying competitions giving riders the opportunity to be selected for their regional team. 

Jessica is one of 10 selected from 50 that qualified. She is also a member of the Cotswold Hunt Pony club and two others from the same pony club were also selected.

Jessica's most recent success was on Saturday, 3 June at Ascott Under Wychwood where she won the BE100 class competing against 38 riders of all ages including adults. 

Karen Coups, leader of Rendcomb’s Equestrian Club said: “Jessica regularly represents the College at NSEA Events and is an inspiration to all the riders at Rendcomb. She started riding at age four and we are looking forward to following her progress in the coming years.”

Riding at Rendcomb College

Pupils from Year 5 through to Year 13 may join the Equestrian Club at Rendcomb College. The Club is open to all pupils regardless of experience and the emphasis is on developing their potential and enjoying working with horses and ponies.

Club members have riding lessons and learn about stable management at The Talland School of Equitation where all instructors are British Horse Society qualified. Pupils do not need to own their own horse or pony to be a member of the Club and those who do can compete for the school at Dressage, Show Jumping and Eventing. The school registers the competitors with the NSEA, the BS and BE for school competitions. 

Riding is an all-round experience much valued and enjoyed by all those in the Equestrian Club.