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Godolphin win final at Hickstead
GODOLPHIN'S Blue Team won the Junior Schools Team Final at last Thursday's Hurstpierpoint College, National Schools and Pony Club Championships at Hickstead in West Sussex.
Katinka Brogaard (Sprite II), Emma Holmes (No Regrets VIII) and Imogen Yule (Miss Stella Artois) finished on a total score of just four faults, giving the school its first team victory at the championships.
Brogaard, who had been the individual winner in 2012, rode in the jump off for the title, securing not only team first but also adding individual second to her impressive Hickstead CV.
“Mr Sprite is a very experienced show jumper,” she said of her gelding.
“He's taught me to jump the bigger tracks.”
The Red Team of Flora Castle, Didi Price and Laura Maughan also did well in the same event, finishing sixth.
The Senior Schools section was hotly contested with 44 teams taking part in the initial rounds. Tabby Nokes, Sophie Berry and Eliza Dubois completed the course, with Dubois riding a lovely clear, but were sadly just out of the placings. Victoria Leabeater, Sophie Merritt and Hannah Bakewell fared better, producing two clears.
With the top ten teams going forward to the final it was down to Leabeater to take part in a jump off for one of the few remaining places. It was close but by 0.4 of a second they slipped out of the running.