Tipperary sisters triumph at Northern Ireland Festival

Success for Bansha sisters at Cavan Equestrian Centre.

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Tipperary sisters Amber and Rianna Marnane triumphed at the Northern Ireland Festival at Cavan Equestrian Centre last week.

Rockwell College Junior Certificate student Amber (14) won the Supreme Champion Pony and Supreme Working Hunter Festival Champion of 2018 categories with Danny’s Pride, while Rianna won the Novice Show Hunter Championship and the Novice Working Hunter Championship with her new five-year-old Dartan’s Atom Man.

“Danny’s Pride was a star all weekend, winning the Connemara under 16 class and then going on to win the Champion Connemara Working Hunter Pony. He also won the Festival Mountain and Moorland up to 143cm Working Hunter Pony. He went on to win the Supreme Champion Pony of 2018, taking home the beautiful Glenhuntly trophy in memory of Dairina Walsh,” proud Bansha mother Melanie Marnane tells The Nationalist.

Amber is delighted with Danny’s Pride, having only owned him since November. She is looking forward to competing in England at the Horse of the Year Show qualifiers as well as continuing a campaign in Ireland.

Amber Marnane riding Danny’s Pride at the Northern Ireland Festival. 

16-year-old Rianna, who is in transition year at Rockwell College, is also excited about the season ahead. She hopes to compete in England and at the Dublin Horse Show this summer.

Amber and Rianna’s younger sister Emily also competed at the Northern Ireland Festival, finishing 4th and 5th in two festival working hunter finals with her pony Muskerry Peter Pan.

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