Perse show jumping sisters set for national finals
16 Dec 2019
Lauren Caley (Year 10) and her sister Alexandra Caley (Year 9) are jumping for joy after qualifying for the NSEA (National Schools Equestrian Association) National County Finals.
The sisters earned their places in the prestigious show jumping finals after being the highest ranked Cambridgeshire riders at the East region qualifying tournament in the intermediate and novice classes respectively. Alexandra was also the overall runner-up in her section in a field of 50 riders.
They will both now represent The Perse in the national finals at Hartpury College, Gloucestershire, in April. Neither are strangers to the event, with Lauren and Alexandra having previously earned third and fifth-place finishes respectively, and both are hopeful of doing well again.
Alexandra, who has been riding since the age of four, said: “Going clear is the aim, but it’s more just about luck on the day because you can easily knock a pole down.” Lauren, who began riding at five, added: “The hardest part is balancing going fast and clearing the jumps cleanly as everyone competing will be of a high standard. You have to go clear if you want to win but if other riders also go clear, it comes down to times.”
Lauren and Alexandra train at home with their respective horses Burren Lad II and Comeytrowe Dione – known to the sisters as Rocky and Dee-Dee on a day-to-day basis.
Lauren said: “It’s a great way to relax outside of school. It takes about a year to get used to the horses because they’ve got their own personalities. They have to be ridden in different ways and they have their own individual routines. You have to adjust to them, not the other way around!”