IT WAS a great night for Kilkenny showjumpers at the Showjumpers annual awards in Enfield, Co. Meath. Three local riders picked up honours following their achievements at home and abroad during the year.
First to receive her award was pony rider Emma O'Dwyer, who was part of the quartet that accepted the accolade for Best Team performance in 2010. Fellow team members and pony European silver medallists, Tom Foley, Shane Kenny and Bertram Allen were also present to accept the awards.
Former Horse Sport Ireland manager, Ian Fearon praised the pony riders and their families after what was a very successful year.
Following her tremendous performance at the European Pony Show Jumping Championships in Bishop Burton, England, O'Dwyer went on to add to her impressive record. She secured a string of good placings in recent months in Chevenez, Neeroeteren and more recently in Hengelo.
Ger O'Neill picked up the award for National Speed Champion having secured this title with Vincent Digby's I Caeser at the National showjumping championships. A consistent winner on the circuit, O' Neill also claimed the Munster Grand Prix League when securing three top placings in the final round at Banteer Gymkhana in Co Cork.
Safely over line
Victories at Limerick/Clare and Maryville along with runner-up finishes at Dungarvan saw O' Neill safely over the finish line, claiming the €4,000 prize for league winner.
Last but certainly not least, Warrington native Eddie Moloney accepted the National Champion award. Moloney, who claimed the Showjumping Ireland national champion crown with Slieveanorra, thanked the owners and his family for supporting him along the way.
"Without the help and support of my family and owners this would not be possible," he said when he was presented with the award. "It was a tremendous year and the season concluded with a very good show in Poland. I am looking forward to next year already."