THE fourth leg of the Secondary Schools Jumping League got under way on a nippy Sunday morning at Killossery Lodge Stud with the novice individual class kicking off proceedings. Clear rounds proved few and far between.

However, the first to make an impact was the consistently placed Lilly Sullivan who jumped a double clear in 32.14 seconds, eventually proving good enough for third. Rush student Chloe Russell also jumped double clear in the slightly slower in a time of 38.55 which saw her take fifth place. Next in to the arena was the ever-consistent Bonnie with Julia White who whizzed around crossing the finish line in 29.32. Ruari O’Neill and Apollo tried hard, posting 29.75 to take second place. Dundalk Grammer School, represented by Robyn Murray, took fourth place while sixth went to Ellen Ennis from Colaiste de Lacy.

Win for Loreto on the Green

The Secondary Schools’ Team competition had only one team clear so it meant that Loreto St Stephen’s Green team took home the victors’ rugs. Taking second place was local school Colaiste De Lacy on a total of four faults. Finishing on eight faults was the team from Loreto Balbriggan while also on eight faults was O’Carolan College who finished fourth. Mount Sackville’s red team finished fifth and Dunshaughlin finished on 12 faults for the sixth spot.

The 90/95cm Championship saw Ailbhe Hartford added another win to her belt with Rodger in a time of 29.84. Ailbhe attends Loreto in Balbriggan and her closest rival once again was Amelia Mcarthy from Maynooth Community College who rode Finnsceal Endeavor in 32.70. Eureka student Elisa Drumm rode Red River Head into third place while Chloe Russell from St Joseph’s Secondary School took fourth slot and Clodagh McGauran secured the fifth spot.

Primary division

The Breakaway Campers Primary school’s novice individuals was the first class of the afternoon. There were six who divided. Taking the medals were representatives from a wide variety of schools including Lauren Reynolds on Cotterstown Dun and Zoe Farrell on Ballyskeagh Lad from Lismullen NS; Isabelle Galligan with Hero from St Gerard’s; Lydia Nakagawa with Camelia from Shellybanks Educate Together; Daisy Mcmorrow on Bart from Dunsany NS and Lucy Minnock with Mylo from St Seachnalls.

In the Breakaway Campers Open individual, always a very competitive class, and this round was no exception. There was no change in the line-up at the top as Alice Hartford, with the speedy Little Richie (26.13), took the rug again. Louisa Dalton made an impact in the line-up when crossing the finish in 28.89 to take the runner-up spot. Louisa attends Ballinabranna National School.

Daisy McMorrow, with the very consistent Bart, slotted into third for Dunsany NS. Shanny with Freddie Greene in the saddle, moved up a couple of places this week to take fourth. The remaining two slots were filled by Bibi Devereux from St Gerard’s and Nina Smith from Rathmore respectively.

Win for St Gerard’s

The Breakaway Campers Primary Team competition yielded five teams clear into the jump-off. First to jump was Finn Breen for Lacken NS who went clear in a very fast time. However unfortunately fence four was left on the ground which put them into fourth place. St Gerard’s green team posted a fast clear from Ali Condren in 23.40.

Team mate Bibi Devereux also went clear in 23.53 which was good enough for the win. St Gerard’s unicorn team saw Sophie Gleeson go clear in 35.46 and Isabelle Galligan flew around in 26.30 to finish in third place. St Seachnalls School’s Daisy McMorrow and Bart were clear in 23.95 while schoolmate Toby O’Dwyer rode Diamond but an unfortunate pole on the ground at fence three left them on a total of four faults. In fifth place was the combined Corduff/Realt na Mara team with Harry McNally clear in 24.54 while Alice Hartford went clear in 23.82 finishing in second place.