Neigh doubt about it, this was a pony clas­sic!

New Ross Standard - - NEWS - By DAVID LOOBY

THERE was a large turn out for the Ir­ish Pony Club Na­tional Hunter Trials Cham­pi­onships, with more than 300 pony club mem­bers from all over Ire­land com­pet­ing in Old Ross.

The com­pe­ti­tions were run on a brand new course built over the last three months by vol­un­teers from Wex­ford Hunt Branch Pony Club and Wex­ford Fox­hounds Hunt Club at their grounds in Moor­fields, Old Ross.

Feed­back on the course was ex­cel­lent and the day went smoothly and safely, although it rained for most of it.

The re­sults were as fol­lows: Ju­nior Pairs 1st - Zoe Bolton and Sa­man­tha Bret­zer from Meath Pony Club, 2nd Emma Dunne and Robyn Ma­her from Laois Hunt Pony Club, 3rd Geral­dine Tyner and Paul Burke from South Union. Henry See­bach and Caolán Costello of Wex­ford Hunt Branch Pony Club came in eight place. Chiara Moore and Michaela Walsh of the Killinicks came in 7th. Sea­mus Nolan and Billy Byrne came in 10th place for the Wex­fords. There were a to­tal of 91 pairs com­pet­ing.

Ju­nior Sin­gles - Bill Reidy Leahy of the Scar­teen Pony Club in Lim­er­ick won first place, Emily Martin from East Gal­way won sec­ond and Sa­man­tha Bret­zer of Meath Hunt Pony Club came in third. Ava Dow­ley of the Is­land Hunt Club won fourth place.

Novice In­ter­me­di­ate Pairs - Grace Costello and Tara Wake­ham of Wex­ford Hunt Club came sec­ond ( Ward Union came first). Novice In­ter­me­di­ate Sin­gles - Tara Wake­ham took sec­ond place again for the Wex­fords and Ciara Banville took third for the Wex­fords. Laois Hunt’s Eabha Mur­phy came in first. Teams of Three - The Car­low Rock­ets Alec Red­mond, Jude Dono­hoe and Lorna Byrne came in first and the Wex­fords came in 2nd with Ellen Ro­nan, An­nie Finn and Ni­amh Red­mond as the Three Ami­gos. 3rd was the Scar­teen Trio.

Se­nior Pairs - Ivanna Dempsey and Emma Brady of the New­cas­tle Lyons Pony Club took first place, Sarah Whe­lan and Emma Car­ton of the Is­land Pony Club took sec­ond, Caoimhe Daly- O’Brien and Jane Mooney of the Wick­low Pony Club came in sec­ond. Se­nior Sin­gles - Han­nah Roch-Perks won first place for the West Water­ford Pony Club, Alan­nah Lacey won sec­ond place for the Killinicks and Ella Byrne took third for the Shil­le­laghs.

In full flight on ‘Bal­loona’: Paul Byrne from the Wex­ford Hunt branch.

Jill Finn from the Wex­ford Hunt branch with ‘Cloudy Girl’.

Emma Ke­hoe from the Wex­ford Hunt branch on ‘Knock James King’.

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