Banbridge Academy pupil competes at the Royal Windsor Horse Show

Molly Davidson, Year 11 Banbridge Academy pupil, was selected as part of the Northern Ireland Pony Club Mounted Games Team to compete at the Royal Windsor Horse Show 2021.  She travelled to Windsor at the start of July with five teammates from various pony clubs in Northern Ireland to compete in The Daks International Pony Club Mounted Games Championships against other national teams from England, Wales, Scotland and The Three Nations (composite team).   Following four days of stiff competition in the Castle Arena, the Final was played in front of Her Majesty The Queen, with rosettes and medals presented afterwards by the Earl and Countess of Wessex; first place was awarded this year to the Welsh team.  Four thousand people attended the event each day and the atmosphere was electric; an amazing experience and wonderful memories and friendships were made.

Molly, who is a member of Iveagh Pony Club, has played Mounted Games for 11 years and attending the RWHS represents the pinnacle of her PC Games career.  She was delighted to have been selected again this year with her pony, Sonja, as part of the NI Team as the event was cancelled in 2020 due to COVID.  Molly previously represented Northern Ireland at the European Mounted Games Association Championships in 2019 in Millstreet, Cork.

The Pony Club Mounted Games were created by Prince Phillip and the first Championships were held in 1956.  Pony Club Games require courage, determination and all-round riding ability on the part of the rider and careful systematic training of the pony.  Its object is to encourage a higher standard of riding throughout The Pony Club and to stimulate, among the future generation, a greater interest in riding as a sport and recreation.

The school community is extremely proud of Molly and look forward to watching her progress in the years ahead.