Congratulations to St. Dominic’s Priory School Pupil, Hollie Stow who has qualified for the National Trailblazers championships.
Below is Hollies’ account of how she achieved getting through to the finals …
“Very early on Sunday 5th January Dad and I braved the ice, snow and bitter cold and headed out to compete at Field House, Marchington in a Show Jumping Competition.
I had decided to compete in the 75cm and 85cm Show Jumping Classes with my beautiful pony Somerset Blubrie. Both Classes consist of 14 jumps, the first eight are a clear round and if you fail to go clear over these you are eliminated, but to my great delight I went clear and then continued over the next seven jumps. These seven jumps are at a higher height and against the clock. In both Classes I went clear over all 14 jumps and I have a fantastic pony who is exceptionally fast against the clock so I had two very quick times.
It was a very nervous wait watching the other competitors and checking to see if they had a quicker time. Eventually everyone had jumped and we had a nail biting few minutes waiting for the results. When they were announced I was so thrilled I had finished second in the 75cm class just 0.3 of a second behind the person in First place and I had easily come First in the 85cm Class. This meant that I had qualified in both Classes for the Second Round of Trailblazers, and also for Pony Club Area 7 Show Jumping.
Just three months later we were back at Marchington for the Second Rounds, where only the top 6 riders qualify for the Trailblazer National Championships a prestigious event held in August at Kenilworth. To my great delight I went clear in both Classes and again had the nervous wait to see if I had been in the top 6 and yes I was; I was ecstatic, I had qualified for National Trailblazers. I am so proud of my pony she has worked so hard for me.”