Despite the intermittent rain on Saturday 28 October, Omagh High School’s Annual Charity Horse Show attracted pupils from twenty-nine schools across Counties Cavan, Donegal, Tyrone, Fermanagh and Londonderry. Jumping commenced at 9.15 am and continued throughout the day until 7.45 pm.
We are indebted to the local businesses that sponsored us; Horse Rugs had been very generously sponsored by Omagh Equestrian and Countrywear while Boyd Bedding donated a palette of Blue Frog Shavings. TJ’s School of Motoring, Lyons Haulage, Kerr Bros Bodyshop, WW Tyres, Happy Pets, Baileys’ Meal and Thompson’s Farm Feeds sponsored other generous prizes.
Our teams did very well this year finishing ahead of both Omagh Academy and Drumragh College. The novice team of Chloe Mitchell, Ellie-May Johnston and Jordana Mitchell was placed 4th out of 12 teams in a very competitive class and was the highest placed Omagh Team in the class. Our other novice team of Henry Flood, Rebekah Jones, Emily-Jane Hopton-Brown and Jordana Mitchell gained valuable experience for future competitions. The Open team of Adam Short, David Clarke and Lisa McFarland was placed 5th out of 10 teams against stiff opposition.
Omagh High School Show jumpers along with teacher Miss R Smyth present a cheque for £500, the proceeds from their annual charity horse show, to Mary McSorley, treasurer Omagh RDA, to support the work of the centre with young people in the Omagh area.
At the end of a long but most enjoyable day, two hundred and seven rounds of jumping had been completed with the honours being distributed amongst all five counties represented. As a result, a presentation of £500 was made to Omagh Riding for the Disabled Group to help in their work. The local RDA group provide an invaluable service to many young people in this area and Omagh High School is glad to be able to support them in their work.
Mrs Nicola Mitchell making the inaugural presentation of the Omagh High School Mitchell Perpetual shield, to her daughter Chloe. Chloe was a member of the novice team which came 4th in class 6. In the individual section of class 6, Chloe finished 9th out of 55 competitors narrowly beating team mate Ellie-May Johnston who finished a commendable 12th in the class. The shield will be presented annually to the highest placed Omagh High School show jumper out of classes 4, 6, 7 amd 8 at their Annual Charity Horse Show which is held in October each year.
A special word of thanks is due to the course builder, Mr Raymond Caldwell, the judge, Mr Christopher Bogle, the staff of Ecclesville Equestrian Centre along with the many volunteers who assisted throughout the day, parents and friends of Omagh High School, the competitors who participated and all who supported us or helped in any way to make the day a fantastic success. Thank you one and all.
Finally, we wish our pupils well in the next inter-schools show. We are still aiming for that first piece of silverware!!