Derby High Equestrian Team

Our Equestrian Team has grown this year and we are delighted to be taking part in National Schools' Equestrian Association events.

The NSEA holds competitions in a variety of disciplines including Dressage, Eventing and Hunter Trials and anyone wishing to take part is very welcome to join the team at any time via school.  For more information please speak to Mrs Dunnicliffe-Smith in the Bursary Department or email her by clicking here.

Recent news from the Equestrian Team:

DHS Equestrian Team member and Georgina Pugh-Lewis (U4/Y9) qualified to represent Derby High School as the sole individual for Derbyshire in the 80cm competition of the NSEA County Championships at Bury Farm and came a very creditable 8th.

The competition is open to schools throughout the entire UK and at the finals she was riding against the best individuals from 31 other counties.

Georgina and Snowy were a super team having all clear rounds and with only 3 seconds between 1st and 8th place -  it was extremely nerve wracking towards the end!


Well done to Georgina Pugh-Lewis (U41) and Snowy who came 1st in the 80 cm show jumping class at Beaver Hall.  Beth Kemp (L6) and her pony Oxo also completed but unfortunately weren’t placed. 

Georgina will now go on to represent Derby High at the National Schools Equestrian Association Championships at Bury Farm Equestrian Centre, Buckinghamshire. 

Good luck Georgina!


Congratulations to U3 (Y7) student and member of the Derby High Equestrian Team Lauren Paver Thompson.

On the 30th November, Lauren went to Hargate Equestrian and competed on her horse Zarri in dressage against 20 other people.

Lauren was delighted to be placed in first position after her test – a fantastic achievement!


Derby High School Equestrian Team took part in the National Schools Equestrian Association County Challenge Finals at Bury Farm Equestrian Village, Buckinghamshire at the weekend.

Representing DHS and Derbyshire in the 70 cm show jumping final were Georgina Pugh Lewis, 12, Millie Dunnicliffe-Smith, 11 and Hannah Hurdley, 14.  The team had a fantastic  time and felt privileged to compete at such a prestigious equine venue. 

Well done girls for your hard work and determination and thank you to Mrs Pugh-Lewis and to Mrs Dunnicliffe-Smith without whom, the team would not have been put together.


Georgina Pugh Lewis, 12, Millie Dunnicliffe-Smith, 11 and Hannah Hurdley, 14 won first place in the 70cm team class at the NSEA show-jumping event at Derby College Equestrian Centre.

Hannah Hurdley and Millie Dunnicliffe-Smith also secured 2nd and 3rd place respectively for the NSEA 70cm individual competition.

Also representing the school in additional classes were Elizabeth Hurdley, 12, and Beth Kemp, 15. Both girls did well in their respective classes with Beth gaining a double clear in the 90cm NSEA qualifier class but unfortunately missing out on a placing.