Brentwood School equestrian team enjoysuccess at National Championships

PUBLISHED: 13:00 23 November 2017

The Brentwood School Equestrian Team (Pic: Brentwood School)

The Brentwood School Equestrian Team (Pic: Brentwood School)


Brentwood School’s equestrian team enjoyed a truly spectacular set of results at the 2017 NSEA National Championships.

The team, made up of Charlotte Cooke, Ellie Burrell, Sophie Philpot, Imogen Pohl, Niamh Mills, Emma Philpot, Grace Parrish and Thomas Philpot worked incredibly hard, competing against schools from across the country, to qualify for the four-day championships held at the Addington Manor Equestrian Centre, Buckinghamshire.

And team manager Kelly Miller paid tribute to the riders, their parents, and the ponies, for their unstinting dedication and hard work.

“A special thank you has to go to team coach Annette Philpot, who has worked incredibly hard to support the school, riders and parents over the course of the year,” said Miller.

Jumping with style, Sophie Philpot, Cooke, Mills and Pohl were crowned national champions in the 75cm event – which proved a super debut for Cooke on her first outing for Brentwood.

Pohl also achieved an incredible individual win.

On the second day, Brentwood had a fantastic win in the Regional Points Championships, winning by over six seconds from their nearest rivals, Peebles High School, in Scotland.

The whole team, consisting of Cooke and Pohl (70cm), Parrish (80cm), Emma Philpot and Burrell (90cm) and Thomas Philpot (who rode a super round over the 100cm) put in some very skilful performances.

Thomas Philpot exceeded the majority of riders, with only a handful nationally jumping a clear round over this height.

The Brentwood team was really on a roll by the third day when the 90cm show jumping team, consisting of Parrish, Thomas Philpot, Emma Philpot and Burrell, beat 50 teams from across the nation by a thrilling 0.03 seconds to be crowned National Champions.

This team was the only one out of 50 to have all four of their riders go clear over both rounds.

Emma Philpot and Burrell then jumped for England in the 90cm Nations Cup against Wales and Scotland.

They were the last two to ride and rose to the challenge and guided England to victory.

A final accolade was achieved by Sophie Philpot who was a brilliant runner-up in the British Eventing 80 Points League.

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