Kate Derwin Medals at Pony Championship, Brings Down the House With Irish National Anthem

For most of us, it’s hard to know which is the more frightening proposition: competing for your country over some pretty sizable tracks (1.35m for ponies) during multiple legs of tense, international competition—orbelting out your National Anthem in front of an arena full of gaping spectators.

Either way, it takes some pretty serious chops, and, if you happen to be Ireland’s Kate Derwin, you just so happen to excel at both.

Last weekend at the FEI European Championships for Ponies in Kapsovár, Hungry (July 25-30), Derwin and the nine-year-old Connemara Cul Ban Mistress (owned by Clive Swindell) took home team gold for Ireland and the individual silver medal in the pony show jumping championship. In five rounds of individual jumping, Derwin, 15, dropped just one rail, ultimately finishing second behind countryman Harry Allen (younger brother of #17 in the world, Bertram Allen) and Cassandra van het Roelhof. But after climbing the podium to accept her medal, it’s what Kate did next that stunned the crowd: taking the microphone in hand to belt out an impressive rendition of the Irish National anthem.

It was the perfect cherry on top for the Athlone-based Derwin, who’s clearly not just a talent to watch in the show jumping arena, but one to listen to as well.

Watch Kate’s performance at the FEI European Championships for Ponies at Kapsovár below: 

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