Mountrath Community School is flying high ratings in the Interschools Equestrian Competition.
The Irish interschools equestrian league is a number of competitions held in different parts of the country throughout the year, where teams and individual competitors gather points. Schools from all over Ireland compete.
Most recently on October 23, in Adare in Co Limerick the novice team of Lauren Jones, Alanna Phelan, Ffion Jones and Tamara Mortimer competed with high honours achieving the best turned out team in dressage. Frontier Saddlery in Portlaoise sponsored the Mountrath Community School equestrian team.
The judges commented that the team have superb equestrian skills, while their red navy socks and silk hats were quite impressive. The highly talented Julie Keeley won the open individual competition, with an impressive clear round of 28.55 seconds.
The judges were very impressed with her progress through the league, as she occupies one of the top spots at the moment.
The judges also said Julie’s fast round was the best performance of the interschools league to date and that she is certainly a talent for the future of the sport. They stated that Julie, who is still just 16 years of age, has improved so much since the outset of the league.
The equestrian tradition in Mountrath Community School is very important and highly prized by the principal Mr Martin Gleeson, parents and students.
The chef d’equippe and manager of the team Ms Maria Kelly said that Julie Keeley and the novice team are extremely modest about their achievements to date and that the athletes and parents are extremely supportive and hard working.
Mr Gleeson said that the school is very proud of the equestrian athletes that obviously train hard and display great commitment to the sport.
The team has competed successfully at events in Westmeath and Wexford and the riders are looking forward to the remaining competition.