Representing Shrewsbury School and competing against teams from across the country, the boys worked brilliantly together and produced many personal bests to achieve fantastic results in each of the events they entered.
L to r: Scott Walker, Archie Lywood, Tom Tulloch and Hugh Davis
In the Open Show Jumping (1.5m), the team finished 5th of 23 teams. In the Open Jumping with Style – a combination of show jumping and cross-country, with marks awarded for style as well as overall performance – Thomas Tulloch, Scott Walker and George Holder finished 4th of 22 teams. With only three in the team – only one of whom (Thomas) had had any experience of competing in an event of this kind – this was a particularly impressive result.
The climax to the boys’ excellent individual and team performances came in the Intermediate Show Jumping (0.90m) on the final evening. The team of Archie Lywood, Thomas Tulloch, Hugh Davies and Scott Walker all jumped clear and were excited to be leading the event right up until the last of the 28 teams jumped. Although they were eventually nudged into 2nd place, this was a tremendous result and tribute to the wonderful team spirit, tactical riding and individual performances of the entire team.