National title for Longford quartet

National title for Longford quartet

Following up on their fine performances at the recent Dublin Horse Show in the RDS, the members of Longford Pony Club enjoyed another fabulous weekend at the Irish Pony Club Championships held in Mullingar Equestrian Centre.

On Sunday, the Longford team of Aisling McGreal on ‘Big Blue Nun’, Rebecca Yorke on ‘Kimono Sash’, Áine McLoughlin on ‘First Man Lara’ and James Whyte on ‘Abel Star’ won the Mackey Open Show Jumping Championship title. This same quartet won the Robbie Bailey Championship in 2010.  

James Whyte then went on to win the Senior Individual Show Jumping Competition on ‘Abel Star’.  Áine McLoughlin was third on ‘First Man Lara’.  

The team were also 2nd in the team Horsemanship. Áine McLoughlin was 2nd in the individual Horsemanship and Aisling McGreal was third.

On Saturday, the Longford team of James Whyte on ‘Abel Star’, Edel Whyte on ‘Dunlavin Cool Customer’, Thomas Whyte on ‘Ardagh Airborne’ and Áine McLoughlin on ‘First Man Lara’ finished 5th in the Dressage Championship.

Edel Whyte was 7th in the individual Dressage Championship.

Also representing Longford at the Irish Pony Club Championships were Susan Mee, Edel Sheehy, Alison Dennehy and Rebecca Lyons (Longford Ladies) and Emer Esler, Edel Whyte, Thomas Whyte and Viola Callaghan (Longford Gold) in the Intermediate Show Jumping Championship.

Áine Murray on ‘Star’ competed in the Under 10 Combined Training. Kaitlin Higgins on ‘My Maisie’ competed in the Under 12 Combined Training.

Aisling McGreal on ‘Kimono Sash’ and James Whyte on ‘Abel Star’ represented Longford in the Open Combined Training.

Thomas Whyte on ‘Ardagh Airborne’ and Edel Whyte on ‘Dunlavin Cool Customer’ represented Longford in the Intermediate Combined Training.

New members are always welcome at Longford Pony Club and for more details on the club, check out their Facebook page.