Jumping fun for valentines

06 Mar 2014

It was rosettes all round in the Valentine Show Jumping Competition which took place on 12th February at the Royal Alexandra and Albert School.   The School’s Indoor Riding Arena was the venue for the valentine-themed, heart-filled fun event for pupils.

Twelve junior students participated in the first half of the competition which encouraged them to develop their show jumping skills. In the afternoon session senior pupils faced a more challenging course with higher jumps.

The Stables also run a number of jumping clinics throughout the year to help improve students’ abilities and confidence in show jumping. Rowan Wall, a Year 6 student, has taken part in the clinics before and thinks they help her, “It makes you feel better about jumping. Today, I got to ride my favourite horse, Mini, and do some really good jumps. It was great!”

The students were able to ride a number of horses, some of which they had not ridden before, including Star, Blackberry and Cotton Ball. Jasmine Thompson, also in Year 6, enjoyed spending more time with the horses and doing the jumps, “Some of the jumps were scary, but I loved doing them.”

Year 5 student, Mia Collins, took first place in the junior competition, but all of the students who took part were given rosettes. Katie Thomsett was proudly displaying her 3rd place rosette and explained, “It’s nice that everyone left with a rosette and certificate, that way no one felt left out.”