St Kieran’s College last month hosted its annual Inter-Schools Show Jumping Competition, with the generous hospitality of the Moloney Family at Warrington Equestrian Centre.
The event, now in its fifth year, has continued to grow in popularity among competing schools and individual riders. The course, designed by Pat Drennan, and the assistance of staff and many parents ensures that the day runs as smoothly as possible and it affords riders the opportunity to compete as quickly as possible.
This year was no different; each of the riders from school around the country got the opportunity to compete in near perfect surroundings.
That Sunday, which ended with some significant rain, began as a bright day in Kilkenny – making conditions ideal for show jumping in the outdoor arena at Warrington. The first event was the Novice Team Competition and this was followed by the Novice Individual event, a one speed round class that was hotly contested.
The main event of the day, however, was the Open Team Competition. Over 60 teams entered the competitions from all over Ireland, including schools from as far away as Mullingar, Trim and even the Galway/Clare border.
St Leo’s College Carlow was victorious in the Novice team event with local school Grennan College a close Second. Newbridge College was victorious in the Open Team event for the second year running, beating Colaiste Pobail Osrai, which finished second.
The best placed of the Kieran’s students was Eric Mahon, who placed fourth in the Open Individual, in which over 30 riders contested for the spoils. James Callahan finished in sixth place in what was a very competitive and exciting event.