Seniors were on first. Our “A” team of Anna Hickey-Roberts, Eleri Jones, Mari Edwards, Ross Williams and Sam Major finished the heats in 7th place out of 12, qualifying for the B finals, but were only 3 points shy of making the A finals. The “B” team of Anya Dreiling, Ceri Williams, Nan Jones, Suzi Williams and Wednesday Rytter had a bit of bad luck in the heats and finished 11th out of 12, with 12 points and were in the C finals.
The “A” team raced well but found it difficult against good competition. And just when we thought they were going to win their first race, Anna learnt the hard way that you have to pick up the flag by the cane and not the material! They finished 3rd in the B finals with 18 points.The “B” team seemed to up their game in the finals. They managed two firsts in their 8 races, and were only a stride away from another, despite all our shouting to Nan to go faster! They won the C finals with 22 points.
The junior team of Alex Major, Alys Williams, Becky Sedcole, Georgia Williams and Robyn Cannell unfortunately had sickness and a fall to cope with, but still managed a few first and second places and qualified for the A finals. Alys was too ill to carry on for the finals, so we were down to four riders and five horses. They did really well considering, even managing to win one race and got a couple of 2nd places, and finished 3rd overall on 17 points.
Thank you to everyone who competed, all the parents for their support, and the fan club that came for the day! Our next competition is at Atherstone on 15th March, and hopefully we’ll have even more good news there.
Lastly, Anna, Eleri, Mari and Sam will be going to Builth Wells on 8th March to try out for places in the team representing Wales at the Royal Windsor Horse Show. On behalf of everyone involved in the mounted games in F&D, Gwil and Fran would like to wish you all the best.