CBS wins All-Ireland hunter trial title

CATRIONA O’Brien has been promoting Equestrianism in the CBS for many years now, but she never would have imagined what transpired in Tramore County Waterford at the end of last month.

CATRIONA O’Brien has been promoting Equestrianism in the CBS for many years now, but she never would have imagined what transpired in Tramore County Waterford at the end of last month.

Her ‘Senior Teams of Three’ selection of David McGeary (sixth year) and the Byrne brothers - Pat (third year) and John (first Year) - fought off opposition from 80 teams from all over Ireland to achieve an incredible All-Ireland title for the first time for the school.

The event was hosted by St Declan’s Community School, Kilmacthomas at a very lively track at Widger’s Hunter Trial course outside Tramore. This was as competitive an event as there has been in recent years, with several Kilkenny schools involved at the business end.

However, displaying astute horsemanship and no shortage of determination, the CBS trio emerged victorious by the slenderest of margins, finishing one second in front of Kilkenny College. In the Junior Section of the competition, John Byrne was again prominent finishing fourth with CBS newcomer Philip O’Donnell one second behind in fifth.

These younger riders ensure a bright future ahead for the CBS in this sphere. Well done also to Cathal Boland and Peter Hutchinson who played their part for the team.

The whole school is extremely proud of the efforts and successes of everyone concerned in what is an historic first for the school.