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  1. Club Application Form
  2. General Information
  3. Rules
  4. Grading System
  5. Equestrian Interschools website
  6. 6. Become a member of EII - www.itsplainsailing.com/club/eii


Newbridge College has a very active Equestrian Club.

We are active participants in the Equestrian Interschools Ireland (EII) League which takes place most weekends around the country between September and April.

We also host a leg of the EII league during the season and we run our own horse show, on the grounds of Newbridge College in May each year.

Equestrian Interschools Ireland is a second level schools’ showjumping league and is established for over 30 years. It runs various competitions, catering for all levels of riders and Newbridge College tries to send teams to every event. The College has been involved in the league since its inception and has enjoyed great success winning the Open (Senior) team event in 2013, 2015, 2018 & 2019. We were runners up in 2016 and took 3rd place in 2017. Riders from Newbridge College also took home the Open (Senior) Individual title in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019. The 2020 league was unfinished due to the pandemic.

More information about the league can be found by clicking on the General Information and Equestrian Interschools website links above.

Newbridge College Horse Show

The annual Newbridge College Horse Show takes place in May. In 2022 it will take place on Sunday May 8th. It hosts a large number of classes including the renowned and very popular Derby competition, Irish Pony Society Jumping, Working Hunter, Showing, Fancy Dress and Dog Shows.  The wider school community gets involved with the horse show and it is always a great day out.

Balmoral Show, Northern Ireland

The first 5 teams in the EII league qualify for the annual Bluegrass Interschools Show Jumping Competition held at Balmoral Show, Northern Ireland in May each year. In 2022 this show takes place May 11th – 14th.

Hurst College International Showjumping Hickstead

Qualifying Interschools teams can travel to Hickstead for the Hurst College International Show Jumping event which takes place in August each year. Hickstead is the historical and world renowned, all England jumping course. Qualifying teams at the event itself have the opportunity to jump in the main arena – a truly rare opportunity. Newbridge College has a great history at this show, winning the Senior team event and the Senior individual event in 2018. In 2017 the Newbridge College Junior team placed 2nd and in 2016 both Junior and Senior teams took 2nd place.

The many equestrian activities throughout the year demand commitment, not just from the members but from parents and guardians. These are the people who transport the horses and ponies to events, they are grooms and cheerleaders and are there to be moaned at when everything goes pear shaped! But they are also on hand to praise and join in the celebration of a clear round, well ridden. At the end of a long day they have the dubious pleasure of driving the tired riders and ponies home.

The club is run solely by parents, who over the years, have become great friends and support each other through the hard work of keeping the Equestrian Club going with the steadfast support of the school staff especially the Principal Mr Pat O’Brien. We thank Pat and his staff for their continued support.

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