On 19 May, d’Overbroeck’s sponsored a schools equestrian One Day Event at Elmwood for the second year running and d’Overbroeck’s Acting Principal Jonathan Cuff was in attendance to give out rosettes to the winners. Alongside 190 other competitors, our Year 10 student Helena took part in the 90cm class with her horse Lyra. Here she writes about the day:
“A One Day Event consists of 3 elements: Dressage, Show Jumping and Cross Country. Just the same as the Blenheim horse trials that we see on the television, only the jumps aren’t quite so enormous!”
Above: Helena and Lyra during their clear round in the Show Jumping Arena
“During Dressage, riders ride a sequence of moves within an arena and are judged on how well they perform the individual moves, gaining a percentage as their score. In Show Jumping, the objective is to ride clear round a course of jumps, without causing poles to fall off the stands, or have your horse stop in front of a fence. Lastly comes Cross Country, which in my opinion is the best phase! Solid jumps made from rustic materials such as logs and bushes make up a course of jumps across several fields, and again you must go clear round the course. There is also an optimum time for the cross country phase, so going too slow or too fast will incur faults and affect your overall score that you are ranked on.
“This was my first One Day Event with my relatively new horse, Lyra, and the day went very well for me. We began with good Dressage, with Lyra being very well behaved throughout. A super clear round in the Show Jumping put us in a good mood for Cross Country and we flew round clear! Judging speed on the cross country course takes practice, and we set out a bit too fast and picked up a few penalty points that were just enough to push us out of the placings. Overall though, I was delighted with Lyra. She showed real quality and has a great attitude. It felt great to be representing d’Overbroeck’s again – I’m keeping my fingers crossed that more event riders will join d’Overbroeck’s and for next year’s event we’ll even have a team!”
Helena, Year 10