Our equestrian teams take part in all disciplines – Show Jumping, Dressage and Cross Country. This year we are taking part in the Inter Schools Show Jumping League, which takes place every weekend at different venues around the country. Those placed every week gain points and are positioned on a league table. Every May the top teams compete in the National Championships at the Show Grounds in Enniscorthy. Last Year our team came 6th in the team championship and one of our students was placed in the individual competition.
We have a strong representation every year for the Inter Schools Hunter Trials Championships. This year they are taking place in March, hosted by Borris Vocational School. St. Declan’s has hosted the National Championships twice in the past. With support from the school, Board of Management, Parent’s Council and local businesses, these were very successful events.
The school Equestrian club has events for all levels of competitor. Most show jumping events have both novice and open competitions and there is a junior and senior event at the National Hunter Trials. This makes the equestrian competitions accessible to all students, even the more novice riders.