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Year 9 pupil Thomas Grayston (third from left, below) is celebrating being the only rider to achieve two clear rounds and a clear jump-off as part of the winning team’s performance at the KBIS Junior Novice Winter Show Jumping Championships last week.
Thomas and fellow riders from Beccles and Bungay Riding Club competed and won against other riders in the Novice Winter Championships held at Keysoe Equestrian Centre in Bedford.
Thomas and his pony, Denser, a 14’3 Dapple Grey are also part of the school’s equestrian team led by Miss Ling and have been practising whenever possible in preparation for this win.
“The most difficult part of the event was the final jump-off because there were lots of tight turns but we still had to be really fast even though the fence heights were increased by about 10cms. The best part about the competition was the relief of winning as our team won last year, so we were under a lot of pressure” said Thomas, who has been riding for just 4 years.
Thomas from Laxfield said he enjoys this kind of sport because of the adrenalin rush he gets when riding an animal half a ton in weight and 10 times bigger than he is but he can still control him, even when they jump really high fences.
The next event for Thomas, who would like to go into 3 day eventing as a career, is at Lincoln where he hopes to qualify for the British Riding Club’s Novice Summer Championships.
We all wish Thomas and the team Good Luck!
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