Double joy for victorious Borris

IT was a double victory for Borris Vocational School at the TRI Interschools leg held at JAG Equestrian in Co Kildare last Saturday. They claimed victory against strong opposition in the TRI Open team event while team member Cathy Doyle (Boley Boy) was also victorious in the TRI Open Individual league competition from a large field of entries.

The other members of the Borris team were Claire Kavanagh (Clonagoose Bouncer), Patrick Doyle (Longhill Cruising) and Caoilfhionn Lawlor (Addigoole Atto). Second place in the team event went the way of Scoil Mhuire Trim, represented by Meabh Lone (Abu Dhabi), Kate Carroll (Silke), Lucy McGovern (Ashmount Clover) and Kilcarty Forward Thinking, ridden by Emily Brooks. Third place was claimed by local team St. Kevin’s Dunlavin represented by Lucy Leigh (Monsieur Frederike), Ella Henley (Kelly’s Dream) and Annaghtown Boy ridden by Ana Tagle. The remaining league points were claimed by Gorey Community School, Dominican College, Wicklow and Newbridge College.

Doyle takes top honours

In the TRI Open Individual League competition victory went to Boris’s Cathy Doyle, gaining the coveted 10 points in a very well-supported class, but St Kevin’s Dunlavin’s Ella Henley (Kelly’s Dream) put up a great challenge to claim second place ahead of East Glendalough’s representative Anna Morrissey (Shergar Rose), while Baylee Neville, Ella Kenny and Aibidh Condren came fourth, fifth and sixth respectively.

In the HSI 1.1m qualifier, clear rounds were hard to come by and a beautifully judged clear gave first place to Gorey Community School’s Naomi Doyle (Park Na Ruairc) ahead of Aibidh Condren (Castlebridge Dacquiri) in second and Angela McGee in third. Remaining qualifier places went to Megan Neville, Claudia Shanahan and Lauren Spencer.

The EII 90cm qualifier was hotly contested and Jamie Brown from Rockwell College (Clear Oxer) claimed first place ahead of Charlotte Sexton (Sparky Papa), also representing Rockwell College and Dara Walsh (Hugo) for St Declan’s Community College, by the slimmest of margins. The remaining qualifying slots went to Harry Barton, Evelyn Fahey and Aoife Flynn respectively.

Isla Coad (Wow Cow) for St Saviour’s won the EII Primary league 75cm class once again ahead of Faithlegg Waterford’s Lucy Kent (Snoopy) in second and Whitehall’s Blainaid Murphy (Miss Suzie) in third. Georgia Keogh from Donard NS made her debut when winning the 55cm class.

The novice 80cm individual class was open to both primary and novice riders and Lucy McCarthy put in a brilliant effort to win ahead of Mai Monahan and Lily Sullivan. East Glendalough’s novice team claimed victory in the novice team class. The team were Skyla Malley, Anna Morrisey, Rosie Coad and Sarah Curry.

McCarthy was also a member of the primary winning team when the hotly contested Primary Team’s competition went the way of local school Kill National School, who teamed with Dunmore to see off strong opposition from the combined team from St Mary’s NS Bagenalstown and Kiltegan NS in second with Kildare Town Educate Together and St Brigid’s in third. The winning team were Emily McCarthy (Luxa), Lucy McCarthy (Clio), David Kent (Buddy) and Lucy Kent (Lotso).

TRI Interschools action moves to Killossery Lodge Stud this weekend.