Berkhamsted have won three team titles at the National Schools Equestrian Association’s County Championships at Bury Farm. 

It was the team’s most successful competition ever, and every competitor in the squad should be proud of their performance. Jake Barton’s exceptional display placed him ahead of 78 competitors to finish overall winner across all counties. 

A report by the School’s Equine Coordinator Mrs Barton: 

The Mini team (70cm) of Daisy Fowler, Charlie Woodrow, Maddie Nagele and Anthony Berry jumped outside in sub zero temperatures. Faultless rounds from Daisy, Maddie and Anthony meant they finished on 0 penalties to beat 11 other teams and win not only the Herts County Championships but also the Tri Counties competition with Anthony and Daisy also getting individual placings. They will now go on to represent Hertfordshire at the National finals in April.

The Novice team (80cm) of Daisy Fowler, Tamar Duncan, Maddie Nagele and Taila Clarke also jumped well outside. Clear rounds from Taila and Daisy secured them 5th place against 17 other teams with Daisy getting placed individually. Charlotte Lavery, riding as an individual, jumped a fantastic double clear on Gem who she had never jumped before, and only just missed out on a placing – a brilliant achievement.

We had two teams in the Intermediate (90cm) competition competing against 13 other teams.
Our team of Jake Barton, Taila Clarke, Tamar Duncan and Kitty Conroy finished up winning the Herts County Championships and will now go on to represent Herts at the National finals. Jake was 3rd to go on Glo and his fast clear round could not be beaten by the following 78 competitors so he finished up both Herts County Champion and overall winner across all the counties.

In the Open competition (1m) we had two teams who both jumped well. Our team of Rebecca Taylor, Taila Clarke, Jake Barton and Josh Barton finished up winning both the Herts County Championships and the Tri Counties competition so they too will go on to represent Herts at the National finals. The other team of Rebecca and Jake on their other horses, Georgia and Anthony finished 4th. Josh jumped a brilliant clear on Connor to win the overall competition and the County Championship title.

The final competition of the day – the Advanced (1.10m) was for individuals only and Josh finished 3rd on Connor.