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Marie Louise Nic Aodha, a first year pupil in Coláiste Oiriall, recently qualified for a place on the Irish Pony Club Mounted Games Team as a result of her performance on her pony Molly last month. She will represent Ireland at the Royal Bath and West Show in England in May. Rinne sí ionadaíocht ar shon na hÉireann i gCraobhacha na hEorpa faoi 12 anuraidh.

 Marie Louise Nic Aodha, dalta chéad bhliana i gColáiste Oiriall in airde ar a capaillín, Molly, i gCraobh na hEorpa i gCo. Na Mí anuraidh.
Marie Louise Nic Aodha, dalta chéad bhliana i gColáiste Oiriall in airde ar a capaillín, Molly, i gCraobh na hEorpa i gCo. Na Mí anuraidh.

Mounted games is a branch of equestrian sport in which very fast games are played by people of all ages on ponies up to a height of 15 hands (60 inches, 152 cm). They require a high degree of athletic ability, good riding skills, hand-to-eye coordination, determination, perseverance, and a competitive spirit, which nevertheless requires an ability to work together with other riders and a willingness to help one another. Tá go leor ag baint leis an spórt ach is beag eolas atá ag daoine fán taobh seo tíre faoi mar go bhfuil sé neamhchoitianta go leor.

Marie Louise started showjumping in Glaslough at the tender ago of five and while she still does some showjumping her first love is definitely Mounted games. She appreciates all the hard work of Orla Sheehan, Mary Foley and others in The Monaghan Pony Club. She lives on a farm in Tyholland were her proud father has built an arena. Tá ainmhithe agus saol na tuaithe go smior i muintir Mhic Aodha

The Hughes family get good use out of the arena as her two brothers, Niall and Kevin, also take part in Mounted games. One team competes against another and has to work their way around an obstacle course and jump off the pony and mount the pony while the animal is in full flight. Marie Louise’s pony is called Molly, Niall’s is called Fire and Kevin’s is called Boghada. Mar sin is spórt teaglaigh é agus téann siad ó áit go háit ag tacú le chéile.

Mounted games are stronger in the south of the country and Marie Louise has regularly competed in Kildare, Laois and Cork. These are qualifying events for the Dublin Horse Show in the RDS in August. She has already participated in Ballsbridge. Her Monaghan team were placed six out of eighteen countries in the under 12 European Championship last year which was won by Wales. Her brother, Niall, was on the winning team in the under 17 event in the same competition which was held in Tattersalls, Co Meath. Tá Marie Louise ag súil leis go mbeidh babhta cáilithe anseo i gCo. Mhuineacháin i mbliana.

Guíonn muid gach rath ar Mharie Louise thall i Sasana agus í san iomaíocht ar shon na hÉireann sa ghné seo d’eachaíocht. Tá an t-uafás scileanna ag baint leis agus bíonn go leor cleachtaidh le déanamh. Is as Tigh Thalainn Marie Louise agus tá capaillín aici sa bhaile a bhfuil Molly uirthi.