Over the weekend, the UCC Equestrian club took part in the national intervarsity championship, organised by Trinity College Dublin, held in County Kilkenny. The UCC teams travelled up and braced the elements, both rain and snow, to do the university proud in the disciplines of show-jumping, dressage and prix caprilli.
Overall, the weekend was a massive success for the college. Over 350 students across the country competed over the weekend, but UCCs own Abbie McGeoghan-Santry, a second year Law student, placed first place over all in the show-jumping category, a huge achievement in itself but boosted by the fact it has been 22 years since Cork has claimed this title. Another student, April O’ Neill of first year Criminology, did us proud this weekend by placing 5th in dressage overall, and also gained a spot on the Irish Student Nations Cup squad, which involves competing at International competitions against world class student riders. Club captain Tommy Harty in his fourth year of Medicine is also a member of this squad and is joined by second year, Genetics student, Liza Hurley and Leagh Cummins of 1st year Early Years and Childhood. As impressive as their results are, a lot has to be said for school spirit, as our loyal supporters, made up of fellow club members also took the time to travel up and assist the riders with their warm ups, cheer them on during their rounds, and provide a generally positive atmosphere through out the day as the poor weather got to the best of us. A fantastic and fun weekend was had by all with a huge display of talent and high standard of equestrianism, this year sets the bar high for all those to follow. Here’s to those to come!