New Year, New Hurdle for School Showjumpers

There was no rest for Brentwood School showjumpers Eloise and Tia Squibb who spent the New Year competing at the Liverpool International Horse Show.

Inside a packed Echo Arena, hosting thousands of showjumping fans, 11-year-old Eloise came fourth in the 128cm final – a great result against a line-up of the top 24 children in the country.

Younger sister, 10-year-old Tia who is in Year 5 at Brentwood Preparatory School, competed in a class called the ‘mini major’ which sees juniors get picked to compete with a professional senior. This fun event is a great favourite with the crowd and Tia was the fastest junior - her professional was not quite as fast on the day - however, the duo were still placed.

Next, the girls have their sights on qualifying for the Hickstead Royal International and the prestigious Horse of the Year Show.