Time – Various
Venue – Meadows Equestrian Centre, Lurgan
The show jumping team in Ballyclare Secondary School is open to all year groups and is a great way of extending a hobby you may have outside of school into a competitive sport within school. It is an incredibly social extra-curricular activity in which we train and compete in teams as we believe that working together is the best approach. There are usually two classes to compete in; the Novice class at 85-90cm and the Open class at 1m. The main competitions we participate in are at Meadows Equestrian Centre which runs a 5 week school show jumping league during the first term of school. There are also a number of one off competitions held throughout term 2 and term 3, including the Open class qualifier for the Balmoral Show.
This year we welcomed both Molly McCartney and Chloe Stewart to the novice team and continue to look forward to seeing these girls develop within the squad; making the move from primary school level to the 85cm class is not an easy task! However, both Molly and Chloe have committed to every competition date in which the hard work has clearly paid off, coming 2nd at the St Patrick’s Day Derby at Meadows Equestrian Centre. Well done girls!
The consistency of our open team continues to be a strength with Emma Ewing, Benjamin Gilmore, Jessica McConnell and Tori Jewiss having another fantastic year. The league at Meadows Equestrian Centre is a competitive and busy one; largely dominated by grammar schools. The team worked hard and with a positive, consistent and strategic approach the open team were placed 2nd in the league. This is a huge achievement for a team that have been working together for a very long time and to say I’m proud is a huge understatement!
The goal for the open team this year was to again qualify for the Balmoral Show. This is a relatively new schools’ competition in which 5 schools from the north compete against 5 schools from the south. On the 9th March 2019, the open team travelled to the RDA in Coleraine for one of the five regional qualifiers. Delightedly, they were placed 1st and have once again, qualified for this prestigious show jumping event on the final day of the Balmoral Show. We wish you all the best for Saturday 18th May. Your hard work and dedication have already paid off as you continue to prove the calibre of skill in the show jumping field.
Open Show Jumping Team competed at Meadows Equestrian Centre at the annual St. Patrick’s Day Event. As a school we compete at this event every year but in the last two years it has become a qualifier for the new school show jumping event at Balmoral Show. We are delighted to say that we have qualified for this event in which we are one of five schools representing Northern Ireland. The team will be competing at the Balmoral Show on Saturday 19th May and will consist of Jessica McConnell, Emma Ewing and Benjamin Gilmore.