Riding: Mollie now UK No. 1 across two Riding Club levels
Bede's student and Bloomsbury House member Mollie Freeman took part in the British Riding Club Championships last weekend, coming first in the Novice and Elementary dressage classes.
The event was held at Lincoln Showground on the 7th-8th September, and although Mollie was competing as an individual there were 4 other Riding Club members who had qualified for the Show Jumping.
The Elementary test was first (Elementary level is above Novice) and Mollie managed to achieve a score of 68%, winning the class and being crowned National Champion in a mounted prizegiving ceremony, where her horse was presented with a rug and a sash and Mollie was given vouchers courtesy of the sponsors of the event.
The Novice competition came next, but with one victory under her belt Molly felt more comfortable, saying "My relaxation meant that our second test was even better than the first! With the Novice being easier I expected a higher score, but I couldn't believe it when I saw the scoreboard... we'd achieved a massive score of 79%, putting us miles out in front of the rest of the people in my arena!"
Mollie's overall result was then taken, which accounted for her achievements over the course of the entire competition, with all competitors given an overall position.
"We had managed to achieve 2nd out of 150 competitors," explained Molly, "with the winner scoring 2% more than us! I feel absolutely thrilled with the way the weekend panned out. It hasn't quite sunk in yet that I'm the top in the country at Riding Club level across two different levels."
"I hope we can transfer our success over into the inter-school competitions," continued Mollie, "With my next goal being to qualify for the National Schools Championships, which take place in October."