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Friday 19 April 2019

Horse riding students are jumping for joy

1st prize primary section, Scoil Aodhan Naofa, Carnew, Aoife Wafer, Katie Wafer, Maurice Wafer and twins, Niamh and Emily Wafer
1st prize primary section, Scoil Aodhan Naofa, Carnew, Aoife Wafer, Katie Wafer, Maurice Wafer and twins, Niamh and Emily Wafer

Esther Hayden

Students from Gorey Community School and Carnew NS took part in the Equestrian Interschools Ireland showjumping league last week.

The league which runs throughout the school year takes place in various venues around the country. The GCS students have been taking part in various events since September and are currently third in the league table.

GCS hosted a leg of the league in Barnadown on March 10.

Despite the inclement weather the show attracted large numbers of competitors from counties Wexford, Tipperary, Wicklow, Kildare and Carlow.

There was a primary team class which was won by Carnew NS Scoil Aodán Naofa comprising four Wafer girls - all related - Niamh, Emily, Aoife and Katie.

Gorey Community School broke all records by winning three of the seven competitions of the day - the Open Teams Class and the Novice teams Class as well as the 1.10m class.

The open team members were: Emma Steacy, Emma Carton, Maria Dunne and Michelle Hughes while the novice team members were: Lauren Spencer, April Haxby, Angelica McGee and Naomi Doyle.

Emma Steacy won the 1.10m class and Emma Carton was in second place.

Eimear Ní Chinneide, also from Gorey Community School came 2nd in the 90cms class, with Naomi Doyle coming third in the same competition.

Yesterday (Monday) the school teams competed in the Novice final in Wexford equestrian in Tomhaggard.

The open team has qualified to compete in Balmoral Show, Belfast in May.

Gorey Guardian

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