Easter Eggstravaganza, Suffolk Hunt Point to Point at Ampton

Eggstravaganza

The treasure was hidden, the clues were written and the boys and girls disappeared around the grounds searching for all the goodies.  Yes, the boarders were out and about on Saturday evening as part of the ‘Eggstravaganza’ and were able to sort out some extraordinary clues which allowed them to punch holes in cards and gain their deserved prizes at the end.  After the egg hunt, they put on aprons and became chocolatiers. The boys and girls created plenty of Easter Eggs and decorated them ‘eggstravagantly’ with coloured icing and treats that they found great fun and very messy.

The Year 8 boarders were treated to a fabulous evening at the Abbeygate cinema.  We were invited to watch Eddie the Eagle before going on general
release to the public.  The film is based on the story of how Eddie Edwards was determined to compete in an Olympic games and was put down by many who told him he couldn’t.  He chose to persevere and have his moment!

Ampton Point to Point

On a cold, but sunny afternoon last Sunday, OBH boarding children attended the annual Suffolk Hunt, Point to Point Steeplechases held at the
Ampton racecourse near Bury St Edmunds. This has become an annual event for the children at OBH as there are many family ties which make the event a really lovely occasion.

Every year OBH sponsors the penultimate race and last year this was won fittingly, by a horse owned by Mr Boyce senior, Caspar Boyce’s grandfather. This year the race was won by John Ferguson, whose daughter Georgina was previously taught by Mr and Mrs Campbell at Riddlesworth Hall. The race was fiercely contested after the entry of twenty two runners had to be split into two fields. The eventual winner ‘Honourable Henry’ owned by the Bloomfields partnership and trained by John Ferguson was victorious. John’s son Alex was in the saddle to ensure that the result was a real family affair.
Charlie Buckle, an old boy of OBH, had three rides at the meeting and rode some hard fought races to finish with some good results.  The children were keen to play the ‘Sweetie Tote’ using Starburst as ready currency to back their choice of runner! Much studying of the horses and the form were in evidence as the children took a full part in the proceedings.
It was lovely to see OBH parents in attendance in addition to other friends of the school. Thank you to Mr and Mrs Miller, Mrs. Riddleston, Mr Hayes, and Mr Campbell for accompanying the children during the afternoon and for giving the children the benefit of their advice on the bloodstock in the parade ring!


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