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SHS student competes at International Horse Trials

 Osberton Horse TrialsStamford High School student, Constance Copestake Y12, was among the 113 starters competing in the Eventing at the Osberton International Horse Trials.

Constance faced strong competition with six current and past Olympians and mostly professional riders taking part. Some of the names included; Piggy French, Laura Collett, Nicola Wilson, Blyth Tait and Ludwig Svennerstall. Not only was Constance competing against some of the top event riders in the world, but she was also the youngest competitor and the only one riding a pony.

After the dressage, Constance was third overall with a score of 46.3.  She then went on to complete the very technical cross country course with 4.8 time penalties, meaning that she dropped to eighth overnight. With the showjumping left, Constance almost cleared the course with only the final pole rolling, meaning that she remained in eighth position. At the end of the competition, Constance was placed ahead of all of the professionals, which is an exceptional achievement. Had the pole stayed up in the showjumping she would have been third!

Dyl Powell, Head of Stamford High School, said “Constance is competing at a high level and putting a lot of effort into her training. We are very proud of her achievements and supportive of her ambitions.”