Sixth formers produce stunning display to take national bronze

Left to right - Sam Wisbey, Jemima Upton and Molly McGuckian

Left to right - Sam Wisbey, Jemima Upton and Molly McGuckian - Credit: Archant

Felsted School’s senior riding team achieved an incredible third place at the National Schools’ Championships after performing brilliantly over a very challenging course in the infamous Hickstead arena.

Sixth formers Sam Wisbey, Jemima Upton and Molly McGuckian were competing against 57 other teams from schools across the UK.

After a strong start, the team held their nerve as they made it through to the final jump-off, where they finished with just four faults and a score of 12, placing them third in the UK.

Out of 174 riders competing, all three Felsted riders also finished in the individual top 10.

Year 12, Sam Wisbey said: “Jumping in the Hickstead arena was an incredible opportunity.

“We are very proud to have placed third out of so many schools.”

Felsted has had a number of successes at a regional and national level in the past few years, including a significant number of individual and group qualifiers for the NSEA National Schools Showjumping Championships in October.

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Felstead headmaster Chris Townsend put the superb finish in context. He added: “This triumph for Felsted Riding is up there with the very best of the school’s sporting achievements. The team should be incredibly proud.”