Fourth place finish for Kilkenny club at 2018 British Championships

Thomastown and District Riding Club missed out on a podium finish at the British Riding Clubs National Championships in Lincolnshire on Saturday.

The team of Kieran Cahill (Srilanka Diamond), Niav Cahill (Dinan Sinead), Aisling Miklis (Lassban Miss Congeniality) and Maria Rockett (Stonehavens Olive). finished on 20 faults to finish in fourth place out of the ten teams in the Senior Open 110 Team Championship.

Solihull Riding Club, which is one of the largest clubs in the UK, won the championship after the West Midlands club completed the two rounds on 8 faults ahead of Saffron Walden & District in second on 12.

East Cheshire Combined Training Group, who competed at the Riding Clubs Festival in June were denied a hat-trick of wins at the championships after they finished on 16 faults in third place.

Kieran Cahill proved crucial to the Irish team as the Maganey resident provided a double clear round on his seven-year-old bay ISH gelding, Srilanka Diamond.

The team registered 16 faults in the opening round but turned it around to add just 4 faults in the second round after Niav Cahill also jumped clear on Dinan Sinead to leave the team just outside the top three.

Team Chef Gillian Hennessy said, “It was an honour for our club to represent the Association at the NAF British Riding Clubs National Championships last weekend in Lincolnshire. Having to face strong competition, the team done us proud and their hard work and training paid off in their result.”

Meanwhile Kieran Cahill’s double clear round meant the Maganey rider also qualified for the individual final along with five others. Cahill registered the quickest time in the jump-off after Srilanka Diamond crossed the beam in a time of 38.81 but with two fences on the floor, it left him in sixth place overall.

Lauren Shelley claimed the individual title after Falconlake Mercedes posted the fastest clear round in a time of 41.74 for Crown Riding Club.

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