The DCU Equestrian Club enjoyed some impressive results at the annual Intervarsities competition in Trinity College over the weekend of February 15th and 16th.
A total of 14 DCU students took part in the three events of the competition; show jumping, dressage and prix caprilli.
Two students made it to the third round of show jumping, and were placed in the top eight out of 109 competitors in total.
Rob Sheridan came third and Jamie Garland came in at fifth. This was a big boost for the team, with Sheridan representing the Irish squad and with this being Garland’s first year in the competition.
The show jumping fixture consisted of four rounds, with competitors using horses provided for them. The horses are assessed on equitation (how they looked) and whether or not they left the fences up. As the rounds go on, the fences get higher, reaching roughly 1.15m in the final round.
Niamh Higgins, Ciara Fagan, Eanna Bailey, Aisling Doyle, Patricia Igoe and Edward Burke also took part in the show jumping competition for DCU.
In the dressage heat, Angela Murphy and Lauren McNally participated for DCU and both made it to the second round.
The team also had some success before Christmas, when they took part in the annual tetrathlon intervarsity competition.
Waterford Institute of Technology hosted the event in Kilkenny, which consisted of shooting, running, swimming, show jumping and the tetrathlon. It was a stern test of skills for the competitors.
The DCU Equestrian Club sent two teams to this event. The team consisting of Bailey, Higgins, Sara Rennick and Elizabeth Dermody finished an overall third, only beaten by Dublin rivals TCD and the UCD Vets. The second team consisting of Fagan, Caoimhe Moore and John Skelly also competed very well.
Individually, there were also some great results for DCU, as Bailey and Rennick won second and fourth respectively.