Those who regularly read d’Overbroeck’s News will remember Helena Pryce’s success in equestrian eventing over the past few years. Now in Year 10, Helena recently competed in a local NSEA (National Schools Equestrian Association) event at Swalcliffe and writes about it here:
Like any other sport, horse riding takes a lot of dedication and determination if you want to progress and improve. For me that meant getting up at 5:30 in the morning for my competition. It was a schools event so you compete and represent your school whether you’re a team or individual. With my pony, Rossi, I event. This involves competing in all three main disciplines of riding; Dressage, Showjumping and Cross Country and each discipline is judged in a specific way.
My dressage went extremely well and it was the best test we had ever done putting us into 3rd place as we moved onto the Showjumping phase. The aim was to go clear without knocking any poles off the stands or having your horse stop at a fence. We did a super clear round leaving us still in third for the final phase, Cross Country. In this discipline you are given an optimum time in which you have to make it round the course and if you go over that time you are given time faults. We flew round and went clear, but the course was very hilly and challenging and with Rossi being an older horse we incurred some time faults. Unfortunately time faults are always very costly to your overall score so it pushed us out of the top placings. All in all though it was an amazing day and I enjoyed competing for my school again.