National triumph for Cotley pony club

PUBLISHED: 10:25 24 August 2011


The Cotley Hunt Pony club intermediate event team recently won at the Pony Club national championships held at Draycott House in Derbyshire.

Teams from all over the country and Ireland were there representing their regions at the event.

The Cotley team members were: Jessica Gundry, riding Charlton Blue, Layla Felgate riding Ricas Moon Shadow, Olivia Benger riding Killarney and Sophie Benger riding Mr Monty. Gundry did extremely well and was placed second individually in her section; Olivia and Layla were both placed 8th individually in their sections.

All four members did particularly well to each produce double clears. Close behind them with a narrow margin were the Taunton Vale Harriers also from Area 15.

Both teams win a training day with three of the country’s top riders: William Fox Pitt, Mary King and Harry Meade. The Cotley team also received silver salvers, sashes and saddle cloths.

Cotley also put forward an open dressage team who came 10th overall, the team consisted of: Jessica Gundry on Charlton Blue, Olivia Benger on Killarney, Alice Sopwith on Cybil and Kate Sopwith on Wincey Jack. Kate was placed third individually in her section.

All the team members were very grateful to Sarah Clist, their team manager, who spent the four days at the championships helping them.

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