Newbridge College is proud to host a leg of the Equestrian Inter-schools Show Jumping Competition on Sunday Feb 12th 2023 at Coilog Equestrian Centre, Kilmeague, Co. Kildare.
The schedule for the day and instructions as to how to enter can be found on the links below.
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Newbridge College has a very active equestrian club.
We are active participants in the Equestrian Interschools Ireland (EII) League which takes place most weekends around the country between September and April.
We also host a leg of the EII league during the season.Equestrian Interschools Ireland is a second level schools’ showjumping league and is established for over 30 years. It runs various competitions, catering for all levels of riders and Newbridge College try to send teams to every event. The College has been involved in the league since its inception and have enjoyed great success winning the Novice Team League competition in 2022. A Newbridge College rider also took first prize in the Novice Individual competition in 2022. Newbridge College won the Open (Senior) Team League competition in 2019, 2018, 2015 & 2013. Individual riders from Newbridge College also took home the Open (Senior) Individual title in 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 & 2015. The 2020 league was unfinished due to the pandemic.
More information about the league can be found by clicking on the General Information and Equestrian Interschools website links above.
The first 5 teams in the EII league qualify for the annual Bluegrass Interschools Show Jumping Competition held at Balmoral Show, Northern Ireland in May each year. In 2022 this show takes place May 11th – 14th.
Qualifying Interschools teams can travel to Hickstead for the Hurst College
International Show Jumping event which takes place in August each year.
Hickstead is the historical and world renowned all England jumping course. Qualifying
teams at the event itself have the opportunity to jump in the main arena – a
truly rare opportunity. Newbridge College have a great history at this show winning
the Senior team event and the Senior individual event in 2018. In 2017 the Newbridge
College Junior team placed 2nd and in 2016 both Junior and
Senior teams took 2nd place.
The many equestrian activities throughout the year demand commitment, not just from the members but from parents and guardians. These are the people who transport the horses and ponies to events, they are grooms and cheerleaders and are there to be moaned at when everything goes pear shaped! But they are also on hand to praise and join in the celebration of a clear round well ridden. At the end of a long day they have the dubious pleasure of driving the tired riders and ponies home.