Meet the Pony Kids
Jade is the youngest Pony Kid and the only girl, she is 12 years old and lives in Ballyfermot. She has a great love of all animals, having been bought up surrounded by goats, chickens and rabbits all living in her Mum's garden. Now Jade has a rabbit called Precious and hopes soon to get a pony. Before Jade fell in love with horses she was a keen Irish Dancer, often competing in countrywide competitions. Jade is the fashionata of the group. She loves to dress up and her favourite colour is definitely pink! After the RDS, Jade hopes to work in the Mullingar Equestrian Centre at the week-ends in exchange for show jumping lessons.
Squeeky is 14 years old and lives in Finglas. He was bought up surrounded by ponys and has been riding them since he was tiny. At the moment Squeeky has 2 ponys, a mare and her very young foal, which has sparked an interst in horse breeding. In his spare time Squeeky loves playing computer games and surfing the net and looking after the horses. Squeeky is the naughtiest of the group but he is also funny, witty and smart. After the RDS, Squeeky would like to work in a horse yard, exercising horses and when he's older his ambition is to be a jockey.
Dean is 15 years old and lives in Tallaght. He's a member of the Tallaght youth reach where he is involved in all sorts of sport, from football to boxing. Dean loves horses and is a natural horseman. He used to have his own pony but unfortunately he couldn't find a place to keep her and was forced to give her up. After the RDS, Dean has been offered a trial placement as a jockey with Tom Taaffe the national hunt trainer.
Daryl is 15 years old and lives in Finglas south. He's never happier then when he is on the back of a horse. He owns his own pony 'Steps', so named because she's afraid of steps. Before Daryl invested all his time into Ponys, he was a keen boxer who has won several awards in his local boxing club. Daryl's best moment on the Pony Kids was on the Wild West trip. Daryl is very accident prone and managed to hurt himself more then once over the course of training, but he always gets up and keeps going. After the RDS, Daryl wants to go and work with Willie Leahy, taking tourists on trail rides in Galway.
Thomas is the oldest Pony Kid at 16 years old, he is a member of the travelling community and currently lives in Finglas. Being the oldest of the group, Thomas soon took on the role of big brother, always looking after, and looking out for the others. He is a keen sportsman with interests in wrestling and boxing, his love of horses is relatively new, although he remembers falling off a pony when he was 5 years old. Thomas's other passion is music, he especially likes Johnny Cash and Elvis songs. After the RDS, Thomas wants to join the Army with particular interest in the Equitation school.