BRA, Shimna and The Rascals finish top of the league at The MEC

SCHOOLS from all across NI travelled to the MEC to compete in the grand final of the Inter-Schools Showjumping league on Saturday.

The day started off with the novice team event and with there being such a high standard of jumping throughout the season it was always going to be a competitive final. The top prize of ‘overall league winners’ was awarded to Shimna Integrated College (Toni Quail, Chloe Rooney and Tara Findlay) with an excellent final points total of 45 and congratulations to ‘Our Lady’s Newry’ who won the class on the day itself with 31 points coming second in the league, with The Royal School Armagh coming a close third on 29 points.

Next to go was the Novice Individual Class. Again the competition throughout the league had been at a very skilful level so very well done to Roisin Muirhead on pony Golden Gate who won on the day and special congratulations to Cerys Howell on pony Joe from Raphoe who claimed victory in the league pushing Hannah Rafferty into second place finishing on 24 points. Third place went to Laoise O’Farrell who finished on 19 points.

The fences went up to 1m and The Open Teams were now ready to start. A victorious Belfast Royal Academy team – Pottinger (Sarah Sproule, Amber Vick, Jessica Johnston) were awarded home the coveted ‘winners of the overall league’ prize this year with a points total of 44, and who were also proclaimed winners on the day. They were closely followed by the Down High Flyers in second place with 37 points and coming in at a close third was The Royal School Armagh with 36 points. A great effort was demonstrated by all the teams involved.

The hard task of choosing the ‘Best Turned out’ awards was judged by Jennie Dorman and was presented to The Royal and Prior Comprehensive and the Mossvale Maltesers. Both teams looked shipshape in their uniforms and the ponies were groomed to perfection.

Next it was time for the Open Individuals to take their turn. It was Rachel Chapman a pupil from The Royal School Armagh, who won the league and first place on the day, finishing up on 35 points! Well done Rachel. Ciara Muirhead finished in second place on 30 points and Laura Boyce claimed third place with 24 points. A very impressive effort from all those taking part in the open.

The fences were then dropped down to 70cm so the primary school teams could get ready to compete. This was a very close call with a very high standard of jumping once again. However it was the Rascals (Katherine Morton, Lucy Johnston, Lucy Morton, Jack Scott) who stole the coveted title of ‘overall winners of the league’ as well as being winners on the day, and with a massive total of 45 points they were certainly the deserved champions. 2nd place was claimed by Fairhill Primary with a superb total of 40 points in the league and an excellent overall final performance, and in third place were The Funky Fillies with 40 points.

The Individual Primary class was great fun to watch with Victoria Boville on pony Pippa claiming first place and league champion with a total of 44 points. Well done Victoria! Congratulations to Hannah Agnew who came in second in the overall league on 36 points and to Cerys Howell who took home third place, after already having received first place in the novice.

A huge thank you and congratulations to all those riders who entered on the day and have been taking part throughout the past few months. Finally massive thanks to the judging panel lead by Dora Beacon for their help and support throughout the season. Thanks also to Lincoln and to Judy Maxwell from Baileys Horse Feeds for their sponsorship throughout the league.

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League results

Primary Team Competition: 1st, The Rascals – 45 points (Jack scott, Katherine Morton, Lucy Johnston, Lucy Morton); 2nd, Fairhill Primary - 40 points; 3rd, The Funky Fillies – 40 points; 4th, Downshire/Meadowbridge – 36 points; 5th, The Dolly Mixtures – 32 points; 6th, Moira Mayhem – 27 points

Primary Individual: 1st, Victoria Boville on Pippa - 44 points; 2nd, Hanna Agnew on Sadie – 36 points; 3rd, Cerys Howell on Joe From Raphoe – 35 points; 4th, Cerys Howell on Runaway Dolly – 28 points; 5th, Ellie Farley on Sambo – 17 points; 6th, Brigid Delargy on JLO – 12 points

Novice Team Competition: 1st, Shimna Integrated College – 45 points (Toni Quail, Chloe Rooney, Tara Findlay); 2nd, Our Lady’s Newry - 31 points; 3rd, Royal School Armagh – 29 points; 4th, Belfast Royal Academy – 28 points; 5th, Victoria College Belfast – 27 points; 6th, Bloomfield Collegiate – 25 point; 7th, Aughnacloy College- 17 points

Novice Individual Competition: 1st, Cerys Howell on Joe From Raphoe – 29 points; 2nd, Hannah Rafferty on Robe Dream – 24 points; 3rd, Loaise O’Farrell on Abigails Dream – 19 points; 4th, Chloe Rooney on Houdini – 18 points; 5th, Cerys Howell on Runaway Dolly - 18 points; 6th, Kara Mills on Decon Blue - 16 points

Open Team Competition: 1st, Belfast Royal Academy – Potinger - 44 points (Jessica Johnston, Sarah Sproule, Amber Vick); 2nd, Down High Flyers – 37 points; 3rd, Royal School Armagh – 36 points; 4th, All Mixed Up – 33 points; 5th, St Josephs Grammar – 24 points; 6th, Belfast Royal Academy Cairnes – 19 points

Open Individual Competition: 1st, Rachel Chapman on Duffy - 35 points; 2nd, Caira Muirhead on Pheonix Firefly - 30 points; 3rd, Laura Boyce on Chloe – 24 points; 4th, Sarah Bradshaw on Rockrimmon Senator – 23 points; 5th, Aisling Monaghan on Murphys Law – 22 points; 6th, Phoeboe Lavery on Jet – 20 points.