BEAMINSTER School’s narrowly missed out on the podiums with a fourth-placed and fifth-placed finish among the superb achievements as they competed in the British Showjumping National Championships, held in Stoneleigh, Warwickshire.

The teams secured their places at the championships by competing in the points league throughout the year, with the 80cm team finishing in first place nationally, and the 90cm team finishing in second nationally.

The 70cm team, Isobel Chubb, Milly McIntyre, Mollie Diment and Tabitha Bluck finished fifth, with McIntyre earning an individual ninth place.

The 80cm team, Diment, Nicky Lock, Poppy McIntyre, and Bluck, finished fourth with Diment bagging an individual seventh.

The 90cm team, Abbie Humphreys, Diment, Lock and Poppy McIntyre were unplaced, but Diment took an individual fifth.

Participating in this event was a great experience for all the teams who rode great rounds and rose brilliantly to the occasion.

Diment, Poppy McIntyre, Lock and Bluck, also attended a special camp, funded by the Worshipful Master Saddlers Company and run by British Showjumping, to which only the winning teams in the leagues and the top three individuals are invited.

Held at the Unicorn Equestrian Centre in Gloucestershire, they had talks from a Team GB vet, Lorna George, and a strength and condition workshop with Victoria Lewis from Hartbury College.

They also had a flatwork lesson from Clare Chamberlayne, a jumping lesson from Mia Palles-Clark, a psychology talk by Leonie Lightfoot, and a talk and course walk with international course builder, Mark McGowan.

Finally, Oli and Will Fletcher gave a talk of how they got on to the GB’s Children on Horses side and Young Riders Team.