Finding a schedule that works
Dechlan has been horse riding since he was four years old and competes with his two Irish sport horses in Tetrathlon and Eventing. He also loves swimming and shooting. His greatest achievements so far are achieving sixth place at the International Tetrathlon 2021 and fourth place in the Irish Pony Club Eventing Championships.
“I study five days per week six hours a day. My favourite subjects are English and Economics. I do my best to fit my schoolwork around my sports, so I ride at lunch time and after school. Sometimes I will study on a weekend so that I can go to my trainer mid-week. I visit the National Air Pistol Shooting Club of Ireland when I can and tie my laces to go running that breaks up my day, giving me fresh air away from the books.” Dechlan goes on to say, “it’s a real juggling act, so prepare to be your own boss if you like your weekends like I do”.
“When I finish my schooling, I’d really like to go to university in Europe and compete for Ireland or Australia (I am a dual Australian and Irish citizen). I would love to work with horses but not full-time as I want to study and gain a profession.”