THREE riders and four ponies left Tipperary Equestrian Centre, Mill Road Thurles on Sunday 8th April, to compete in the BIP International 3 day Show-Jumping Competition in Fontainebleau, France 13th-15th April where thirteen countries compete over the three-day event.
Darragh Ryan, son of Tomas Ryan – proprieter of Tipperary Equestrian Centre and Fiona Hyland-Ryan – proprieter of Cahir Equestrian Centre. Rebekah Collins daughter of Deirdre and Leo Collins, Knockinroe, Templemore and Emma Murphy daughter of Grainne and John Murphy of Anneveagh Nurseries, Cashel, Co. Tipperary.
All three riders under the instruction of Tomas Ryan qualified through the National SJI Spring Tour held over 5 legs throughout the country which commenced in February of this year.
In his last year of ponies at the age of 15 Darragh Ryan proved yet again to be one of Irelands best junior riders. He won the CSIP 1.25m Speed Class on Lonesome Dove and narrowly missed winning the Grand Prix having the fastest round but with a pole on the ground. He was 4th in the 1.20m Derby Class on Cuffesgrange for Sure and he won Leading Male Rider of the CSIP Tour.
Rebekah Collins aged only 13 qualified with her 6-year old 14.2h pony Arklow Bay Lad. Rebekah who has three years left in ponies brought home two Fourth Place rosettes from the Table A Two Phased 1.10/1.15m class and the 1.15/1.20m Speed Class.
Emma Murphy also in her last year of ponies was placed 5th in the CSIP Two-Phased Class on her pony Knockroe Little Mike and was unlucky in her Speed Class with a great time but a pole on the ground. It’s a huge achievement and honor for children to represent their country at this level in show-jumping and to wear the Green Jacket at such a young age. It’s also a huge achievement to bring home a Rosette from an International Event. A great credit is due to Instructor Tomas Ryan of Tipperary Equestrian Centre to bring riders to this level. Well done to all!!