Killosserry Interschools October’18 Round-Up

Killosserry Interschools October’18 Round-Up

True Champions come from every corner of the world, whether they have their sport breed into them or not, makes no difference. It’s all about the dedication and hard work that is put in.

I have the greatest pleasure in teaching six primary and a couple of secondary school children. All of which started riding in a riding school and since joining ours have improved no end. All these kids ride typical riding school ponies, not flashy SJI ponies! After months of training and working at being the best riders they can be, the results have shown for themselves. For most of these riders interschools was their first ever compeition, and for some the first course they have jumped with that pony.

The first leg of the interschools was a huge pleasure to be at, with all riders showing huge confidence and ability. Four riders jumped in the individual, two jumping clear and two having a very unlucky fence down. With six riders, we have two teams of three, meaning no drop score which is always harder. Both teams jumped super and were super supportive and it was truly what a team should like. Both teams narrowly missed out on the jump off with four faults a piece, but what a start to these riders competitive career’s.

The second leg of the interschools saw similarly fabulous riding and horsemanship throughout. Again four riders jumped in the individual, all jumping really class rounds, however pushed to go a little bit faster in the timed round and unfortunately had a pole down as a result, all part of the learning curve. The team rounds saw more incredible jumping, as all the riders really accepted the challenge of such a tough course. First up to jump was Holy Rosary School and unfortunately each rider a pole fall which cost them moving on to the jump off. Next up was Brittas Bay/Oliver Plunkett’s and Corduff NS, (a young boy from Corduff who was invited to join our team as he had none and we had a space). With all four of the riders really showing class around the course and left everything standing, that saw the team finish on total of zero faults and into the jump off. A first for all of my riders, two were seleceted to jump for the team in the jump off. First up for us from Brittas Bay was Sarah Curry who lapped up the oppurtuinty and absolutely flew around with a cracking time and left us in a great position. Next in was Ruair O’Neill from Corduff NS who was not to be out done, and rode with amazing confidence and blisterring pace to leave us in an incredible runner up spot at the end of the day. Could not be more proud of all 7 riders and the incredible results and riding they continue to display. Very excited for the next legs of this league and future shows for these riders.

Orla Long

Lara Maria Chassagne

Jasmine Robertson

Sarah Curry

Keira Delahunt

Ailbhe Kelly