BRA and Ballymena Academy out in front

Kayleigh Shaw & Skilganaban Boy go double clear in the Secondary schools individual competition for Ballyclare Secondary school
Kayleigh Shaw & Skilganaban Boy go double clear in the Secondary schools individual competition for Ballyclare Secondary school
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ON Saturday 17th November the third round of the Ulster Schools’ Show Jumping Championships’ took place at Knockagh View Equestrian Centre. The competition runs as a league from October to December.

Schools from all over the province made the journey to Greenisland, some as far away as Donegal. The arena was looking brilliant thanks to course builder Alistair Megahey and the team at Knockagh View.

The Novice Team event with 15 teams got underway at 9am and it wasn’t long before the first team successful clear rounds were recorded. The teams who made it to the jump off on a zero score were Ballymena Academy, Belfast Royal Academy, Ballyclare High School, Cambridge House, Methodist College Belfast and Bloomfield Collegiate. The jump off course had some brilliant turns which proved to be a very hot competition. Ballymena Academy’s Jamie Lee Mark and Ben Peppert jumped off for the team and produced the two very fast times to win the competition beating some very stiff competition from Cambridge House in second and Methodist Ballyclare High School in third.

The Open Team event got underway at 1pm with only two of the seven teams making it through to the jump off, showing how challenging the course was. Belfast Royal Academy and Ballymena Academy were the teams that had to jump off. Sarah Sproule and Jessica Johnston jumped off for Belfast Royal Academy and produced two quick clears to win the competition. Ballymena Academy were second and Ballyclare High finished third being the fastest team on a score of four.

The Primary School saw many of the riders finish on a zero score meaning that times were very important. All the times in this class were very fast making it very exciting to watch. Cerys Howell had a very good day coming first with Runaway Dolly, and closely followed by Charlotte Harding from Loanends PS taking second and third.

The Secondary Individual was very well supported with over 40 competitors making the trip to Knockagh View. This was also a very competitive class where times were very important. Louis Madden from Colones riding Gem was the quickest in the class to finish first. He was closely followed by Becka Simm from Coleraine slotting into second and Ria Farley in third.

The sponsors of this Championship are HorseSlips, who provided the winning prizes for each competition.

For further information contact Stuart on 07736 009 189 or email The final round of the Ulster Schools’ is on Saturday 1st December 2012.

The USSJ Awards Ball is on Saturday 2nd February 2013 at 7.30pm. All welcome. Tickets can be purchased at the final show.

Thanks to Judges Roberta Brown, Debbie Sheridan and Amy Reynolds. Also to Knockagh View for the use of their facilities.

Novice results: 1st, Ballymena Academy - Jamie-Lee Mark; Ben Peppert; Rachel Fullerton; Alice Agnew; 2nd, Cambridge House - Courtney Wray; Lindsey Cameron; Justine Harding; 3rd, Ballyclare High School - Leah McLester; Rachael Black; Katie McKay; Louise Irvine; 4th, Bloomfield Collegiate - Vicky Bale; Emma Lappin; Regan McKee; Kathryn McKibben; 5th, Belfast Royal Academy - Amber Vick; Victoria Minford; Mimi Joffroy; 6th, Methodist College Belfast - Izzy Riley; Katie Riley; John Hamilton; Anna Kelly

Open results: 1st, Belfast Royal Academy - Sarah Sproule, Jessica Johnston, Beth Moss, Amy Wilson; 2nd, Ballyclare High School Brann - Sophie Dunn; Holly Wray; Rachel Coulson; Rebecca McConnell; 3rd, Ballymena Academy - Sarah Wylie; Laura Wylie; Rebecca Surgenor; 4th, Cambridge House White - Caitlin Foster; Nikki McNiece; Ami McNeice; Nicole Cameron; 5th, High Shire Mixed Team - Lia McKenzie; Shannon Baird; Susie Megahey.

Primary schools competition: 1st, Cerys Howell, Runaway Dolly, Cygnet House Prep; 2nd, Charlotte Harding, Safety First, Loanends PS; 3rd, Charlotte Harding, Safety, Made in Japan, Loanends PS; 4th, Laura McKay, My Black and White Dream, Fairview PS; 5th, Sam Ewing, Polo, Templepatrick PS; 6th, Demi Blair, Twinkle Toes, Greenisland PS.

Secondary individual competition: 1st, Louis Madden, Clones College; 2nd, Becka Simm, Coleraine High; 3rd, Ria Farley, Dominican College; 4th, Chloe Hope, Little Flower Grammar School; 5th, Niamh Martin, Priory Integrated College; 6th, Tierna Harper, St Columbans College.