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EQUESTRIAN: Special victory is dedicated to Ella
3:09pm Monday 30th September 2013 in Sport
THOMAS Hardye’s show jumping stars sealed their place at the National Schools Equestrian Association Championships this month with a special victory dedicated to the late Ella Pallister.
The 17-year-old sixth-former, a key member of Hardye’s equestrian team, died from injuries suffered in a riding accident at Kingston Maurward College in January.
Speaking after the recent triumph at Bryanston School, where a second Hardye team finished third, team manager Sue Rus- sell thanked the Pallister fam- ily in such difficult circumstances.
“I’m pleased for the teams as it has been very hard to get a team together after losing the extremely talented and dedicated Ella Pallister, who was a massive asset to all the Thomas Hardye teams, and so this win is for her,” she said.
“Rosie Russell has taken on the ride of one of Ella’s horses and so we would like to thank the Pallister family for all their support and allowing us to have such a fantastic horse continuing to represent the school.”
She added: “On behalf of all of the team members a thank you goes to Thomas Hardye for their great support towards the teams as it would not be possible without them.
“They are always competing against private schools that are equipped with fantastic facilities to train together regu- larly and produce great teams.”
The quartet of Maddie Morris, 18, Shannon Rodway, 16, Ellie Hayward, 14, and Rosie Russell, 13, held off 64 other teams in winning the show jumping challenge at Bryanston.
George Rodgers, 14, Lauren Ainsworth, 14, and Russell made up the trio that came third – all three were competing for the school for the first time.
The winning four now go on to compete in the National Champ-ionships at the prestigious Add-ington Manor in Buckinghamshire this month.