GB STUDENT RIDERS HEAD TO POLAND …….

SRNC Poland 28/4-1/5 2016

On Thursday 28th April five GB student Riders went to Jaszkowo riding centre, south of Poznan,  for the first ever SRNC run by Poland.  The team was made up of Helen Mcall, our fabulous chef d’equipe, Katie Corteen and Charlie Spence, with Caitlin Padfield and myself (Jess Folwell, your current blogger) riding as individuals for GB as part of international teams.

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For all of us apart from Helen, this was our first SRNC and we were in for a busy weekend of socials and riding, not much time and too many distractions for those of us who should have been doing work for finals and dissertations!! We arrived late in the dark and the cold, grateful of all the layers we had packed, only to find that from the next morning on we wouldn’t need them at all as the sun shone the whole time, but better safe than sorry right?!

Friday: Dressage

Dressage day started bright and early for the team tests.  Charlie, Helen and Katie all rode a lovely test to score one of the highest team marks of the weekend, but sadly, were pipped to the post on their horses by some strong competition from Spain and France to narrowly miss out on second rounds.  Katie also missed out by a couple of points.  I won on my horse to be put through to the 2nd round.

In the afternoon I drew first to go in the second rounds and so after a quick lunch, had to make sure I knew the next test which was about elementary level!  I drew a lovely little mare whose background clearly lay in showjumping-she was eyeing them up as I rode into the arena and as a result, I rode a rather excitable test!!  The results of this round were to be announced at the Gala dinner the following day.

The theme of the social was popstars, so of course, as there were 5 of us; we went as the spice girls…along with the Irish team!

Saturday: Show jumping

Another sunny day was upon us and there were some lovely horses in the demo for the jumping.  Katie Screen Shot 2016-06-21 at 17.01.01rode a lovely round, to put her through to the 2nd round in the afternoon and I managed to sit to the bucks mine was throwing to also ride in the 2nd round that afternoon.  Again, the quality of the horses was great and GB put in 2 lovely clears.  We had to wait until the Gala dinner to find out the results, so off we went to get ready and headed over to the beautiful main house with our flag.

After a tradition of everyone singing a song together stood on the chairs after dinner (I’m still not even quite sure what was going on!!) the results of 2nd rounds were announced.  I had made it through to 3rd round show jumping, but not dressage and unfortunately Katie had come 2nd on her horse, missing out on riding on the Sunday.

Still, without having to worry about any of us riding early the next morning, we partied away!

Sunday: Final day

A few of us final years were up early to get some work done, before heading out to join the others to watch the final of the dressage.  Then after lunch, it was time for me to jump again.  Unfortunately, I didn’t go clear on my horse and as a result, didn’t make it through to the finals, however, to have got as far as I did was amazing as I am a typical eventer and show jumping is definitely my least favourite!!

Overall, although not a dazzling week for team GB, we had an amazing time.  The team just missed out on podium placing, coming 4th in the team show jumping, with Katie coming overall 12th.  As an individual I came 6th in the showjumping and 5th overall, which I was delighted with for my first SRNC.

Thank you to the Polish team for running the event and providing some of the lovely horses, we hope you will run more in the future!

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