Having won the U14 County Show Jumping Championships for Radley recently, I then went on to represent Oxfordshire in Radley colours in the National Schools' Championships in Buckinghamshire. I was competing against 26 other County Champions from around the UK.
The format of the competition was a preliminary show-jumping round in the outdoor arena, where any faults would carry forward into the final round indoors. Along with 15 other riders I went clear outside, so I had to go clear indoors in the fastest time to win.
In the final round there were 14 jumps with the last seven of these being against the clock. I was one of only six riders to do a double clear and with my horse doing some tight, speedy turns, we managed to do a time of 22.12 seconds, which proved to be the fastest time by 4.5 seconds.
As a result of my win, I am now the National Schools County Champion and I have been selected to represent England again in the Nations Cup in October. A great day!
Report by Tom Beattie, C Social, Shell