Mohill Community College Equestrian Team claimed a National Inter-schools Showjumping Championship at the Mullingar Equestrian Centre on Sunday afternoon.
The competition, which began in Kilkenny last September came to an astonishing climax with under-dogs Mohill claiming the prize against all the odds.
The team, which runs on a shoe-string budget, went up against and beat the best Ireland had to offer.
The Mohill team, with extremely limited funding and competing with ‘family pet’ ponies and horses, triumphed over schools whose budget dwarfs that of theirs, including a Leinster based competitor which enjoys an annual budget of €17,000 per year.
The majority of these teams also compete with Grade A animals, which are in themselves, suitable to compete at international level.
Not only does the South Leitrim school compete with inferior financial muscle, they also began the competition with another handicap.
Schools who are able to enter more than one team have their own points counted to the total league score which, in effect gives the best represented team (four horses), with four chances against Mohill’s one to accumulate points. Although these schools drop their lesser scores, they do hold a significant advantage in the eventual league standings.
This is not the team’s first equestrian title. Riders Cian Wrynne, Paul Foy, Shauna McCrann and Mollie Crossley recently claimed top spot in the Area Six Robbie Bailey Pony Club District Championship.