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14 May 2014

Newbridge College Horse Show Report

The 30th year anniversary of the Newbridge College Horse Show got off to a very blustery start when all the tents erected the previous day were found in the next field due to the stormy weather. 

Urgent calls went out and at 6am all the Equestrian Club dad’s went to work and by 9 am the show got underway with the previous nights devastation completely forgotten.

Despite the continual rain there was a great atmosphere as the pupils of Newbridge College were to be found helping at the Family Pony Ring, the Dog Show, working as Judge’s scribes and picking up fallen poles. The Dad’s had one eye on the jumping rings and another on the final of the Premiership, with a lot of banter between Liverpool and Man City fans. The PTA provided a beautiful meal for the Judges, Sponsors and Helpers, with the Equestrian Club co-ordinating the running of the show. 

In the SJI ring the big winner of the day was Jodi Flanagan on Buchaill Bare in the 128 90cms and also winning the 138 90 cms on David Errity’s Caher Silver.

In the Interschool’s ring Rathcoffey National School won the Primary schools competition, with Kildare Town winning the Novice Teams with Newbridge College in 2nd (Ruby Maher, Emma Dillon, Ciara Harris, & Rachel Ross) and Newbridge College White, (Sarah Behan, Karen Casey, Luke Heffernan & Caoimhe Sweeney)  winning the Open Competition, with Newbridge College Black coming 2nd (Meadhbh Brassil, Emily O Brien, Amy Carroll & Clodagh Finlay) with the  past pupils Clare Manning, Lauren Heffernan & Alyssa O’Neill winning the anniversary challenge class.  Congratulations to Amy Carroll who won the College Cup this year.

The working hunter ring which resembled the Connemara countryside with furze bushes, a stuffed fox and chickens, baskets of logs, turf and oak casks proved challenging but very enjoyable for the members of the Irish Pony Society.  The working hunter champion of the day was Frank O’Gorman’s Golden Orphan ridden by Emma Jane Leggett. With up to 17 entries in classes the Performance Jumping proved the most popular classes at the show with the local riders. However, it was definitely in the showing ring with the mini Mountain and Mooreland ponies and the native Connemara’s with their flowing mane’s that the spectators took the most interest. Emma O’Connor’s Dyfed Piccalo ridden by Cian O’Connor took the Heritage Championship.

Despite the smaller attendance it was a great day and we especially thank all the parents of the Equestrian Club for their dedicated work, all our sponsors, Mr Matt O’Shea, The PTA, and Angela, Bernadette and Sandra (Enquiries Office) for all their help over the last few months to make this show another great success.


Newbridge College Newbridge, Co. Kildare, Republic of Ireland Tel: +353 45 487200 Fax: +353 45 487234 Email: info@newbridge-college.ie