CLARE Pony Club had an historic double win at the National Tetrathlon Pony club championships which took place in Co. Tipperary.
Eight competitors represented the Banner County in three competitions with teams entered in the senior girls, junior girls and junior boys events, while each of the eight Clare representatives competed in the individual event.
The competition consists of four phases (shooting, swimming, cross country riding and cross country running) which takes place over 3 days.
The hope and dreams of many, were fulfilled in what was a truly historic weekend for CPC.
With previous success at different phases of the competition, Clare Pony Club made it to the top of the winner’s podium with Leah O’Neill, from Quin taking the overall top spot in the senior girl individual, first in the run phase and second in the swim phase.
In Junior boys competition, the Clare team of Diarmuid DeBarra (Clonlara), Jack McNamara (Kilkee) and Fergal De Barra (Clonlara) came out on top with Diarmuid scoring second individual in the Junior boys and third in the shooting phase.
Jack McNamara won the Junior Boys shoot and finished in eight place in the individual junior boys competition, while Fergal finished fourth in the shooting phase of his competition.
In the Senior Girls team competition Leah O’Neill and Laura McNamara (Kilkee) were second overall.
Meanwhile in the Junior Girls competition Holly Garry (Ballynacally) maintained her 100% record cross country record by jumping a clear round on a challenging and technical cross country course.
Debutants, Maia Hayes Worland (Newmarket on Fergus) and Hannah Hassett (Kilimer) both had personal bests in the swimming phase with Hannah coming eight in the shooting phase.
Clare pony club meets on Friday nights in Ennis Showgrounds for Riding rallies.
Riding tuition (covering many riding disciplines: Games, Cross country, Dressage, Show Jumping and Horsemanship) will commence in September and continue throughout the winter.
Swimming is on Monday nights in Ennis pool, starting in October.
The running and shooting training commences in spring time.
With trainers, competitors and grooms who are willing to put in the commitment, time and effort that it takes to achieve results like these, Minimus (under 12 competition of Swim, Run and Ride) and Tetrathlon are a growing in strength in Clare.