On Saturday 24th January 2015 one junior and four senior members of the Kilkeel and District Riding Club travelled to Portmore Equestrian Centre to compete at the NIRC Individual Championships.
The Senior Novice class was one of the largest of the day with 53 entries, and Kilkeel member Jason Hanna completed an excellent double clear in this class allowing him to progress through to the jump off against 11 other competitors.
Jason managed to keep his cool and maintain a steady, forward going and tactical round leaving in him first place with six riders remaining.
At the end of the jump off Jason had maintained his excellent first place position in his first ever championship competition and became Senior Novice Champion.
The other four Kilkeel competitor - Charley Hanna, Alex Russell, Claire Martin and Melissa McBurney - all rode extremely well but failed to attain a placing in their classes.
The Kilkeel club would like to congratulate all its competitors.
Training will continue as usual each club night with different trainers visiting up until the end of the winter programme.
For more information contact the KDRC on 07927 254 881.