Showjumping experts from Brentwood School posted four polished rounds to snatch Jumping with Style honours at the National Schools Equestrian Association National Championships.
Brentwood School’s four-rider team, Ben Hogarth, Sophie Philpot, Imogen Pohl and Charlotte Cooke, took the 30th Anniversary NSEA Championships, held at the Keysoe International Equestrian Centre, in Bedfordshire, by storm.
The Jumping with Style competition has four components; a riding style mark, show jumping penalties, cross country jumping penalties and time penalties. Ben, Sophie, Imogen and Charlotte shone from the outset in the 100 event and didn’t put a foot wrong to take an early lead.
Brentwood School then faced an agonising three hours of further competition, before emerging triumphant, finishing a superb five marks ahead of nearest rivals Mayfield who were closely followed by just half of a mark by Cranleigh, in third pace.
The Brentwood team had headed off for the half-term event in good spirits having won both the 90 and 100 National Jumping with Style titles in May at Hickstead earlier in the year, but no-one could have predicted their dominance.
Team manager and trainer, Annette Philpot, was thrilled to finish the final championships of the year with such success: “As always a big thank you to the parents and the school for their fantastic support, and the children for their dedication to the continual training, their superb team spirit and their commitment over the whole season.”