| 1.1°C Dublin

All to jump for at top as league hits the home stretch

With just two rounds left until the final at Barnadown on Sunday March 28, the team competition in the Hoofprints.ie Inter Schools showjumping league could not be closer.

After the 18 rounds that have taken place since last September, three schools are locked together at the top of the points table.

Defending champions Newbridge College lost points when a dropped pole meant they could only manage fourth place at Broadmeadow last month.

Powering home for victory in the jump-off was the Coláiste Bhríde Carnew team of Chloe O'Connell on Bellisima and Loran Kinsella riding Jizzy Jazzy.

Making up the Carnew team were Ciaran Gethins on Guinness and Claire Redmond on Stan. It was a second win for Carnew who had also taken full league points at the competition held in Broadmeadow before Christmas.


Newbridge College returned to winning ways a week later, when Alyssa O'Neill, Carolyn Harty, Ashley O'Sullivan and Clare Manning beat Coláiste Bhríde at Mullingar.

Still very much in contention are Presentation Athenry, who finished fifth at Broadmeadow. Making up the team that day were Keelan Dempsey, Tara McNamara, Maria McNamara and Joe McNamara.

With extra points available on the final day, there's still plenty to jump for as these three enthusiastic schools battle it out for top position over the last few rounds.

Newbridge certainly have strength in numbers with three teams competing regularly. Making up the 'white' team is Aisling Doyle, Una Delahunt, Emily Beere and Carol Lawlor, while riders on the third team include Donal Delahunt, Brid Conlan, and sisters Lucy and Roisin McCarthy.

In the individual competition, Alyssa O'Neill of Newbridge leads the table followed by Taylor Cummins of Scoil Mhuire Trim. Keeping up the pressure are Grainne Daveron from Seamount Kinvara in Co Galway and Newbridge College pair, Carolyn Harty and Ashley O'Sullivan.

Attracting healthy numbers are the novice competitions, with Ratoath the winners at Broadmeadow and St Fintina Post Primary from Longwood Co Meath beating Loreto Mullingar at Mullingar.

Kilkenny College, previous winners of this competition, host the next round on Sunday.