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Sunday 25 February 2018

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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.

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With horses at home, he intends to make good use of his training to apply his critical eye to breeding and competition animals.

Siobhan Schouss, 17, from Springmount, Kilmore, Co Clare, took third place in the junior category.

Studying for her Leaving Cert this year, she is aiming for a place on the University of Limerick equine science degree.


A keen eventer, she has brought her coloured horse Derryvinane Herbie (Herbie to his friends) to junior one-star level.

Now 11 years old, the horse was bought as a green six-year-old and has been worked on intensively by Siobhan since then.

A member of the Clare Pony Club, Siobhan is aiming for her B+ and A tests and would like to pursue a career as an event rider, possibly combined with some type of physical therapy for horses.

"I think maybe a horse chiropractor, or something along those lines," she says.

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