Olympic equestrian success inspires Forest School boys to form their own teamBy Laura Herbert
February 05, 2013
Team GB’s London 2012 Olympic equestrian success inspired secondary school pupils to form their own team.
The Forest School team, captained by Year 10 pupil Jonny Hames, includes Ed Deutrom in Year Nine and Year Seven pupil Lucas Perries.
The trio took part in the National Schools Equestrian Association’s Regional Points League (RPL) on Sunday, January 13, in West Sussex.
Competing against 11 other schools, and 12 individual riders, the boys each rode clear rounds and with guidance from Lucas’ mum, Anne Marie Perries, the team finished in sixth place.
They earned their first team points in the RPL and received two rosettes.
Sue Hames, The Forest School equestrian team manager, has put the team together, and secured Lisa Oram to train the team. Centell Saddlery at Hall Place Equestrian Centre, in Reading, sponsor the team.
Headteacher of the school in Robin Hood Lane, Keith Quine, said: “This new venture for The Forest came about through the determination of a committed group of parents who have supported their sons’ interest and aptitude for show jumping.
“I was fortunate enough to grow up in a farming community and had the opportunity to ride.
“The boys acquitted themselves very well in their first competition.
“We are proud of our sporting heritage and record and I’m delighted these young lads are forging a new chapter in our school life.”
Team GB won three gold medals, one silver and one bronze and five gold, five silver and one bronze medal at the Paralympics. Para dressage rider, and former All Saints School pupil, Sophie Christiansen won three of the five gold medals on her horse Janeiro 6.