On Thursday 18th June 2015, Ballyclare Secondary School’s Novice Show Jumping Team consisting of Alexandra McConnell, Jessica McConnell, Emma Ewing and Hannah McCartney entered the third Ulster Schools’ Derby at Gransha Equestrian Centre in Bangor.
This has become an annual summer competition which the girls always love to attend, as it is always a challenging course and they get to complete it usually in glorious weather! It involves around twenty schools from all over the Down and Antrim areas and largely grammar schools.
At first the course looked straight forward enough, but as the competition got under way it quickly became apparent the difficulty many riders were facing; a water jump included! The girls had to complete twenty jumps at one time, including their speed round, a big ask for any show jumper.
The girls were amazing and were placed first, a huge achievement for our ever-growing team. Congratulations to all the girls.