Hunter Trials31 Mar 2011
While all other students were enjoying a sleep-in on the Saturday of the St. Patrick’s weekend, seven intrepid students rose long before dawn to get themselves and their horses ready for the All-Ireland inter-schools hunter trials. They were on the road to New Ross at 5.30am, arrived two hours later and were ready for action at 8.15am. The senior team, comprised of Katie Crosse, Amy Crosse and Philip Falvey, had a very fine round in a superb time but unfortunately had one knockable down and this meant they missed out on the ribbons. Katie, Amy and Philip performed very well in the senior singles competition but unfortunately were outpaced this time and were unlucky not to be placed.
Amy Butler put in a fine performance in the second team competition. The third team of Abi Guiry (1st Year), Sarah Wade (2nd year) and Evan Dwan (1st Year), were very brave to take on the senior track. Their only mishap was once again at the knockables.
The experience of the senior teams stood to the benefit of the junior competitors and in the single competition three riders went clear and one had a single knockable down.
Huge numbers took part in this hectic day of competition, with seventy teams of three riders competing and over two hundred seniors and almost as many juniors vying for individual honours. The Community School teams were accompanied to New Ross by teachers Ms. Fox and Ms. Reddan