Clogheen teenager sets new record at Dressage finals

Tipperary teenager Sive Kearney and her horse Rob Roy, set a new record at the Dressage Ireland National Winter Finals in Cavan Equestrian Centre earlier this month.

The 15-year-old became the youngest winner of the Advanced championships, following on from winning her first national title at the National Dressage Championships last year.

Speaking to The Avondhu, Sive said she was ‘absolutely delighted’.

“We had only competed twice at Advanced level before the winter finals and we were thrilled as we achieved both qualifying scores in only two tests. Robbie’s canter sequences and pirouettes really make him stand out along with his massive presence of being 17.2hh. We hope to be able to keep him a little longer and qualify for the Junior Europeans this summer,” Sive said.

Clogheen’s Sive previously represented Ireland at the European Pony Championships in Hungry.

She will travel to France in May to try and secure further qualification scores for the European Junior Championships, which take place in Italy later this summer.

Sive is trained by Sue Smallman at Kilcoran and is part of Horse Sport Ireland’s high performance programme.

She is currently studying for her Junior Certificate exams at Rockwell College.