Top three plan careers
Published 03/05/2011 | 05:00
Junior winner Aoife Crotty is 17 and a keen member of the Tipperary Pony Club.
A native of Kilsheelan, Aoife does not own her own pony so she takes every opportunity to ride at riding schools and on borrowed ponies.
"I thought the Young Breeders would be a good experience for me but I didn't expect to win," she says modestly.
Now in fifth year in school, she would love to go on to Teagasc Kildalton or Thomastown to complete an equine course after her Leaving Cert.
"I've always wanted to teach horse riding, so those courses would help me get my teaching qualifications," she says.
Second-placed Ruaidhri O Cianain is 16 and comes from a horsey background at home in Gilroe, Tubber, Co Galway.
An extremely keen learner, Ruaidhri has been attending Young Breeders training days for the past few years, long before he was eligible to compete.