Laura Hughes, manager of the Chipping team, was delighted to have re-gained the trophy. Laura said:
“I’m thrilled for the team and I was amazed at how they remembered so many facts. We would like to thank the NFU Mutual very much for sponsoring the event, and staff at The Pony Club Office for organising the day.”
In the Centre competition the team from Silvermere Equestrian Centre, who qualified for the finals for the first time, stormed ahead to a strong lead and by the interval were 10.5 points ahead of 2nd placed Friars Hill Stables. The Silvermere team, consisting of birthday girl Cadence Webley (12), Kayleigh Lubin (12), Maddie Skelton (14) and Georgia Stanton (17), kept up their form to clinch the top spot with a score of 234; just 3.5 points ahead of runners- up Friars Hill Stables. Last year’s 2nd placed team, Tumpy Green Equestrian Centre, finished in 3rd position on 222 points.
Silvermere Equestrian Centre’s Team Manager, Lara Lubin, said:
“The effort the members put into this was out of this world; they studied morning, noon and night for weeks on end and their hard work has certainly paid off. It meant so much for our riding school just to qualify for the finals, and to then go and win it was so, so rewarding for us all.”
Lara went on to thank her Yard Manager, Beth, for encouraging her to join the Pony Club Centre scheme and helping with the training of the quiz team. Lara continued:
“The Pony Club Centre scheme has been fantastic for us and I would like to thank all of our members, even those who weren’t part of the team, as they provided much needed support.”
The Mill Riding Stables won the Home Made Collage or Display Competition with their windmill display which cleverly featured moving parts.
Blanche Surman, Affinity Marketing Executive, NFU Mutual said:
“I’m always delighted to represent NFU Mutual at the final of the National Quiz, an event which we have sponsored for many years. It was lovely to see over 100 children taking part, puzzling over the questions and then celebrating when they got the right answer.”