During Half Term Pinewood hosted and sponsored the NSEA Eventers Challenge at Rectory Farm.
Fabulous prizes were provided for us by Horse Quest, Sydney Free, Equiflo, and Plusbac – much of which was won by the Pinewood team!
The weather was shocking with torrid rain and gale force winds, but that didn’t put off the Pinewood riders; they were awesome and all rode throughout the day with determination and guts. Each course was very challenging with 20 jumps to remember, and was very twisty, with so many different turns and loops over show jumps, followed by cross-country jumps. All of the riders were amazing and so supportive of each other, cheering and clapping. It was wonderful to see Pinewood children so happy and achieving such incredible results. The Fitzgeralds were there all day from start to finish! All of the Pinewood team should be very proud of themselves.
Please see below for the results (the top 2 teams in each class qualified for Hickstead 2021):
70cm Class Individuals: 4th Charlotte R, 7th Issy I
70cm Team: 3rd Pinewood White (Charlotte R, Issy I, Lola F, Oscar F); 4th Pinewood Blue (Charlotte R, Bertie S, Oliver V)
80cm Class Individuals: 2nd Willow B, 3rd Harry V
80cm Team: 1st (Harry V, Phoebe H, Matilda M, Willow B)
90cm Individuals: 1st Arthur S, 6th Oscar F
90cm Team: 3rd (Arthur S, Bert S, Oscar F)
100cm Individuals: 2nd Oscar F (0.001 off the win)
Thank you very much to Kate Amin, who organised the event for us. What AWESOME results were achieved and a fabulous way to end the season, and WELL DONE to all the parents, you should all be incredibly proud!
Well done to the Pinewood riders at the Crown Farm SEG One Day Event last weekend, who all qualified for the SEG championships next year.
In the 80cm class Oscar F came 2nd and Lola F came 8th with fantastic double clears to finish on their dressage scores. In the 100cm class Oscar came 3rd and 7th, amazing to have 3 rides over the weekend and to be in the top placings on all 3! Harry V was just out of the placing in the 90cm, with a smart dressage, one pole and a speedy clear cross-country. Arthur S came 10th in the 100cm with an awesome double clear to beat a few old Pinewood girls, ending on his dressage score, which is no easy task, well done! Bert S came 12th in the 90cm, achieving yet another double clear to finish on his dressage score.
Well done to all our Pinewood riders, who have worked so hard recently and had some fantastic successes!
At last weekend’s NSEA Showjumping qualifiers the sun shone all day on the fortunes of the Pinewood competitors, including a significant number of debutantes. The teamwork and support between all the children and parents, irrespective of what teams they were in was brilliant, showing huge promise for the future.
Well done to the team of Otto, Freddie & Emilia S, who won the 40cm; in the 50cm there were lovely rounds from all the team (Grace W, Olive H, Otto S, Jessica R) leading to a team 2nd place. The 60cm team (Issy I, Lettie S, Grace W, Olive H) came 5th with a super speedy 2nd place overall for Charlotte R as an individual in a competitive class; we had brilliant representation from Pinewood in the 70cm with a team 3rd (Charlotte R, Issy I, Lettie S) and 5th (Annabel K, Willow B, Charlotte R); in the 75cm individual class Pinewood shone with Annabel K delivering a beautiful clear round, Willow B jumping really well and Charlotte R coming 3rd overall only by 0.11 second! Elizabeth H gave her all in the 70-75cm class and delivered a beautiful clear round in the 80cm. Amazing work from you all!
Pinewood also had an amazing day out at the Broadway SEG One Day Event. Bert & Arthur S did a great dressage; sadly they both had an unlucky pole showjumping, but a speedy clear cross-country in the 90 cm class; Harry V in the 90cm was leading after the showjumping on the best dressage out of a very competitive class, but had an unfortunate error in the cross-country, but then flew round, well done! Lola F had a successful day out in 80cm with an awesome clear in the cross-country; Oscar F had 2 rides in 90cm; he came 4th on Toddy and 5th on Rosie; in the 80cm class Oscar did it again and picked up 5th on Pickle! It is unbelievable for such a young boy to have 3 rides in one day: two different dressage tests, 2 different showjumping and cross-country courses – sheer focus and dedication!
All the Pinewood riders should be very proud of themselves after a very busy and successful weekend!
Last weekend saw a lot of Pinewood children competing in the St Hugh’s Show Jumping competition. They all did extremely well and had a lot of fun, thankfully the weather was kind to everyone! Thank you to St Hugh’s, who put on an exceptional show, with fabulous cakes and prizes, a lot of which were won by Pinewood!!
A huge well done to all the riders, we are very proud of you, you all did tremendously well with the following fabulous results:
40cm: Jessica R gave it her best shot in the assisted class
50cm: Charlotte R had 4 faults
60cm: Team Blue (Lola F on 2 rides & Phoebe H) WON as a team with their speedy clear rounds, with an individual 4th for Lola and a 6th individual for Phoebe on Crunchie – well done girls!
60cm: Team Red (Bertie S, Charlotte, Lola & Oliver V) all had super clear rounds and came 2nd as a team
70cm: Team Pink (Lola, Phoebe, who had a 6th individually & Elizabeth H) all had fast clears to come 2nd as a team
70cm: Team Yellow (Lola – clear, Maddie S – 4 faults & Annabel K – clear & 4th individually) came 4th as a team
70cm: Team Green (Bertie – clear, Oliver V – clear & Isadora I – 4 faults), came 6th as a team – awesome results.
80cm: Annabel K – 4 faults.
On Sunday we also had the following successes:
80cm: Harry V came 2nd and Charlie S had a great clear round
90cm: Charlie – clear; Harry – 4 faults.
Well done to you all on a fantastic Pinewood effort!
Congratulations to Lottie J and Georgia L who both won Bronze at the Birmingham National Epee Championships. Fencing at the younger end of her age group, Lottie beat the number 1 seed (and GB Number 3) in the quarter finals before losing narrowly in the semis to GB Number 2, who went on to win gold. Georgia was fencing in her first national event and was seeded 2nd going into the direct elimination rounds. Having fenced incredibly well throughout the day, her desire to get stuck in to a duel cost her a place in the final as she lost 10-9 in the semis. However, double bronze is a very good return from a national event. Well done girls!
Congratulations to both Lottie J (epee) and Ben T (foil) for winning Wiltshire County Gold, having both fenced up an age category last weekend. Both fencers were undefeated with Lottie fencing against a mixed U14 group and Ben fencing at U16 and U18 – another great achievement!
Gold medals were also achieved for Olivia K (U10 girls sabre) and Arthur GR (U10 boys foil and sabre). Arthur went on to win the Boy-at-Arms for the best results in all weapons and Georgia L achieved the same honour for the girls, getting to the finals in all three weapons and coming away with Silver each time.
Full results are:
Ben T – U16 boys foil gold
Lottie J – U12 girls epee gold
Olivia K – U10 girls sabre gold, epee bronze, foil bronze
Eva S– U10 girls foil 7th
Georgia L – U10 girls sabre silver, epee silver, foil silver & Girl-at-Arms
Brett N – U12 boys epee bronze
Angus B – U12 boys epee bronze
Arthur GR – U10 boys sabre gold, epee 5th, foil gold & Boy-at-Arms
George W-C – U10 boys epee silver
Joao Filipe R – U10 boys epee bronze, foil 6th
Hugo F – U10 boys foil 5th
Congratulations to both Lottie J (epee) and Ben T (foil) for reaching the last 8 in this year’s England Youth Championships held at the University of Hertfordshire near London. It is always challenging playing sport against the very best in the country and even more so when playing at the younger end of an older age group. This was the case for both our Year 7 fencers who only lost one bout all day – their quarter final! Lottie’s opponent would go on to finish second, having had the fight of her day against Lottie, only pulling away by three hits at the very end. Lottie finished 7th . Ben had an equally successful day finishing 5th overall with his opponent winning bronze in the end.
Last weekend Lottie participated in the Dunstan Epee Challenge in the U14 age group (making her even younger in the age range) and came away with bronze having won 9 victories in a grueling pool competition where she had 16 fights over the course of the day.
In the U10 Regional Championships, our younger fencers acquitted themselves very well, winning 8 medals between the five of them as the best fencers from Wiltshire, Hampshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire gathered to see who was best with the blade:
Joao Filipe R – Epee Gold and Foil Bronze
Arthur GR – Sabre Gold and Foil Silver
Hugo F – Epee Bronze
Georgia L – Epee Bronze
Olivia K – Sabre Gold and Epee Bronze
Congratulations to you all.
Matches came late this term as we hosted St Francis and travelled to Hatherop. New fencer and Squad Captain Elizabeth B did an excellent job, gathering her fencers and putting everything into her bouts.
Well done to you all on a great year and the best of luck to our fencers competing in the Hatherop Challenge this Sunday.