In August sisters Hannah and Megan were busy representing Wales individually and with their Pony Clubs in a number of prestigious competitions throughout the year.
In April, Hannah was selected to represent the Wales Under12 Mounted Games Association (MGA) Team. She represented Wales at The Home International Competition in July, at Thirlestain Castle, Lauder, Scotland. This competition pitted Wales against very strong Scotland, England South and England North Teams. The Welsh Team earned a well-deserved victory to become this Years Home International Champions.
The Team were also successful at the International Mounted Games Association (IMGA) European Championships, were the U12 Welsh Team beat England, Scotland, Italy, France and Germany to claim the coveted European Champions title.
Hannah was also part of the successful Neath Pony Club Junior Games team this summer with her sister Megan in Year 5. The pony club has 338 branches within Great Britain and N. Ireland. The team consists of four of St Mikes pupils: Hannah, Megan, Reese and Sophie. In June, the team won the Junior Mounted Games Competition at the Royal Bath and West Show. This is the second year in a row that this team has won this prestigious accolade, beating some of the best Pony Club teams in Great Britain.
Megan also took part in the International Mounted Games World Individual Championships and made it to the semi finals. She was the only nine year old to make it to the semi final stage of the U12 competition, a great achievement that bodes well for future competitions. This competition ranked Megan 15th in the World in the 12 and under category.
In August the team took part in The Pony Club Championships at Cholmondelay Castle, Cheshire. This “final” is the culmination of a year-long knock-out competition, with the best 24 teams qualifying for the finals. After a fiercely competitive final, Neath finished third to become the third best junior Mounted Games team in Britain and Northern Ireland.
Huge congratulations from all of us at St. Michael’s Senior and Prep School – we look forward to following your progress further in the years ahead.
Below is a photo of Hannah with her team winning cup in the MGA U12 Home International Champions 2017 and as European champions at the IMGA U12 event 2017. Also pictured is Megan as IMGA World individual Semi Finalist 2017 and the Neath Pony Club group at the Royal Bath and West Show earlier in the year.