A good team effort in their final meet proved to be enough for the University of Gloucestershire’s equestrian team, as they top the league ahead of the University of Reading.
After a second place finish at their home event, and a win at the Royal Agricultural University, Gloucestershire headed to Wellington riding centre knowing that as long as they kept pace with their rivals, winning the league was all but assured.
In what proved to be a tough day for the team with torrential rain and horse issues, the team got off to a slow start in the dressage.
In these events, competitors are provided with horses from the stables, and it was the consensus that certain horses were not suitable for the event they were presented with.
“It was disappointing” First team Captain Ffion Evans said.
“A few of the horses we were provided with for dressage would have been perfect for the jumps, and vice versa.”
Of the 12 competitors, Kirsty Fortey came in the top six with a fine score of 68, while Evans, Charlie Hunt and Beth Henry all scored in the 60s.
The team fared better in the jumps, with each competitor favoring jumps over dressage.
Evans and Hunt both jumped strongly on sturdy Cobs, whilst Henry and Fortey solidified a good day for the team.
As a result of winning the league, the team will be heading to a regional competition, details of which are currently unknown.