National Trailblazers Championships

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.”