Third place for LJMU’s Equestrian A team

By Paige Freshwater

LJMU’s Equestrian A team claimed third place in the dressage and show jumping events at Anglesey riding centre.

The senior riders continue to go from strength to strength in the mini leagues and are on their way to securing a position in the regional championships.

Carys Dalton, who competes on the A team, came first place individually in the dressage and show jumping events on Wednesday, and said the team’s success in the competition takes them “one step closer to qualifying for regionals”.

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(C) David McGrail

She told The Burble: “I was thrilled. I qualified individually last year and I am hoping to qualify again this year. Coming first means a lot of BUCS [British Universities and College Sports] points that could get me there.

“I have been a part of the A team for my whole three years at university and I wouldn’t change it one bit. I love being a part of the A team and being able to represent the university.”

The two highest-scoring individuals and the team who secures the most points from the mini leagues qualify for the regional championships.

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(C) David McGrail

Co-President of the society, David McGrail, told The Burble: “There are four horses for the dressage and four for the show jumping [events] with four people in a team. A person from each team must ride a different horse out of the selection, so nobody one the same team is riding the same horse.

“They get seven minutes to practice on their horses for the dressage before being expected to go and perform the dressage test. As well as four practice jumps before being expected to go and jump a full course.”

Bangor University took home first place, University of Chester came in second and Aberystwyth University went away with fourth place.

Last week, LJMU’s Equestrian C team, which is mostly made up of first time competitors, also claimed third place in the dressage and show jumping events at Stepney Bank Stables in Newcastle.

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