Equestrian Interschools Ireland

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About Us

The 'Finches League' was the first recognised sponsor of Interschools showjumping in 1990, and was created out of a demand for a structured showjumping event covering schools all over Ireland. As a manifestation of the All-Ireland competition which happened on an annual basis in Enniscorthy, the need for regular competions grew each year.

Irish Ferries took over sponsorship in 1996, a most welcome sponsor as prize money regularly went into the Hickstead 'Pot'. This was the start of the Irish dominace in taking top places at the Hickstead Senior Schools Competition.

Hoofprints became our next sponsor with Donal O'Beirne taking on the headache of organising results and reports. Also to the fore of this organisation are Paul Cuddihy, Helen O'Neill, Miriam Rickerby and Barbara Algar.

In 2012 Déaglán and Tara from Soup Design came on board as co-sponsor with the establishment of the Equestrian Interschools Ireland brand and website open to all equestrian sports of interest to students.

From September 2012 Jumpinaction.com and Equestrian World Maynooth were welcomed on board as sponsors in conjunction with Soup Design for this and subsequent seasons. From 2013 Horse Sport Ireland has become involved and sponsored the 1.10m Premier Individual Class held for the first time at the 2012-2013 final.

In 2015, TRI Equestrian announced their sponsorship of the Equestrian Interschools Ireland League with a total prize fund of over €10,000. The Equestrian Interschools League Committee thanks TRI for its generous sponsorship.

In 2016 TRI Equestrian have confirmed that they are continuing as chief sponsors. EII is now becoming a membership based organisation. Membership is easy to apply for. Simply click on www.itsplainsailing.com/club/eii

Also in 2016 after many years of dedicated service, Barbara Algar has stepped down as Chairman. Helen O'Neill is assuming this role and Yvonne Byrne has kindly taken over as secretary. The organisation continues to have support from many schools representatives.