JSTC showjumping star

Year 10 JSTC student Emily Sanderson  Lincolnshire County showjumping champion.
Year 10 JSTC student Emily Sanderson Lincolnshire County showjumping champion.

Emily Sanderson has been crowned Lincolnshire county show jumping champion after representing her college at the National Schools Equestrian Association (NSEA) Cortaflex County Challenge Showjumping competition.

Year 10 pupil Emily was one of four John Spendluffe Technology College pupils at the event at Arena UK, near Grantham.

She took part in the 1m open class on her two ponies, Castle Baldwin Golden Arrow and Lenny Kravitz.

She produced a solid round on Arrow before picking up four faults for a refusal at the penultimate fence.

But during her second round on Lenny Kravitz, Emily jumped clear in a fast-enough time to earn her first place in the field of more than 25 riders from Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Emily now holds the title of county champion and will go on to represent the college and Lincolnshire at the county finals at Buckinghamshire’s Bury Farm, which will be held in April.

Tayla Anderson (year 11) had earlier led off the quartet, competing in the 50cm and 60cm classes in the grass roots event.

Despite the early start, Tayla and her pony Tink produced two positive rounds, performing well and gaining valuable experience in a bigger competition than the pairing are used to.

Faith Barker (year 11) and Maisie Johnson (year 10) made up the JSTC contingent, again in the NSEA Cortaflex County Challenge Show Jumping competition.

Both girls competed in a large field of more than 60 riders in the 80cm novice class, Faith on her pony Blue Lady and Maisie riding her pony Annagh Gold. Again, both pairings produced encouraging performances and enjoyed the new experiences.