Ballacolla resident and Laois Hunt pony club member, 13 year old Billie-Mae Geoghegan has had a summer to remember.
Riding her 11.3hh pony BB Beroose, she and team mate Katie Hurley have just returned from representing the Irish Pony Club at the British Pony Club Championships at Cholmondeley Castle in England last weekend where they competed in the Open Dressage Championships.
Billie-Mae finished 12th individually in her arena and was presented with a special prize for being the highest placed Junior. At these championships Geoghegan was competing against pony club members of up to 24 years of age, riding horses considerably larger than the diminutive little BB Beroose.
Earlier in the summer they won the warm up and the Junior Championship classes at the National Pony Club Dressage day, held at Marlton Stud in Wicklow. This led to them being on the team that won the Pure Dressage final at the IPC Festival in Barnadown in Wexford. Here they were also the highest placed pony rider in the Ride Off, and were presented with the Cossack Cup. They are the youngest/smallest combination to ever win this prestigious cup.
When asked about BB Beroose’s history, her mother Caroline, who trains them said, Billie-Mae has produced this pony herself, from being a hairy strong willed hunting pony into a mini super star.
They have progressed from doing unbalanced tiny-tots, she actually fell off at her first competition on him when she was nine years old, to doing open dressage. When you consider his size, it’s quite amazing what you can do if you work hard.