This year the Dalriada Show Jumping team consisting of Kathie Woodrow, Sam Woodrow and Shauna McVeigh. Karlie Anderson also competed at the beginning of the season and helped Dalriada in their success this year. Unfortunately in the first day of the league Dalriada were unable to put out a team due to prior commitments of some team members, but they came out fighting the next week pulling out a second place and putting Dalriada in the running. On the third day of the league the team finished fourth gaining vital points. Unfortunately the fourth league day was cancelled due to severe weather which made it harder for Dalriada to make up points missed on the first day. In the final competition of the league, Dalriada were very determined to gain as many points as possible. With an intense competition, Dalriada came out victorious winning the novice competition and leaving them fourth in the league, only one point behind the third place team Coleraine High.
After representing Northern Ireland in 2012 at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, Kathie Woodrow a Year 12 pupil and an active member of the Route Hunt Pony Club has been selected for the Pony Club Mounted Games Team. She will travel to Canada in August to compete in an international competition against teams from USA, Canada and Australia.
Kathie’s brother Sam Woodrow a Year 10 pupil has been selected for the under 14 Northern Ireland Mounted Games Association team which will compete at the European championships in July which are being held in Tattersalls in Ireland.
Both Kathie and Sam started playing games as juniors in the Route Hunt Pony Club and progressed to the senior team that competed at the Zones in 2011 and 2012 after their success at the Northern Ireland Area competition. They would like to thank their trainer Simpson McKay for all his hard work and the Route Hunt Pony Club for getting them to the level they are now.
Well done Kathie and Sam!
This club is for pupils who have their own horses or ponies and are competent horsemen.
We enter teams in the Ulster Schools Show Jumping League on an annual basis, usually with a junior team which involves pupils from years 8-11 and a senior team for pupils in years 12-14, although teams are selected on merit and ability.
The season kicks off in September with a big competition at Balmoral show grounds, which was a great way for our pupils to get a chance to compete in this spectacular arena and gain valuable experience. We’re not quite sure where this will go to now that the RUAS have moved.
In the past the club has visited the big international indoor show at the Odyssey arena and this was open to all pupils who had a love of horses. Unfortunately, due to the current financial climate, this show no longer runs, but similar events may be visited in the future.