SATURDAY, July 30, was the halfway point of Hagans Croft Equestrian’s dressage league and to start the day a dressage Ireland Intro test was to be ridden by seventeen competitors. With such a large class competitors knew they had to ride an accurate test in front of judge Fiona Young.
Helen Sawey’s and ‘Gannon Stars’ score sheet was filled with scores of 8.5 and 9s for their working trot, 20m circles and transitions to medium walk, finishing on a total percentage of 83.88% the pair were hooves ahead of everyone in the class therefore their was no denying they were trotting home with the red rosette!
Danni Froemling was absolutely delighted with her mount ‘Jackson’ as after months of work the pair plucked up the courage to try their hand at dressage and we think they have found their niche. A brilliant score of 75.56% found the pair picking up second place and the blue ribbon for all their efforts. Just the boost of encouragement this pair needed, well done.
It was refreshing to see the newcomers class get underway with a total of six competitors. This class is primarily for those competitors who have been competing at intro level for a while and would like to move up to try a test which has canter transitions. Therefore the newcomers class is a small yet encouraging class to let those competitors compete with like-minded riders.
Danielle Connolly and ‘Code Red Ruby’ are new to the league and they certainly had a promising start, saluting to a score of 78.45% they took the win on the day. Second place went to Olivia Pele and her young four-year-old mare ‘Rhineroe Angie’ with 72.24%, what a bright future this pair will have together.
It has been a while since Kathryn Graham trotting up Hagans Croft’s centre-line but she certainly made her mark on the prelim class and on judge Fiona Young.
The pairs score sheet was full of 8, 8.5 and scores of 9s, which totted up to a finishing score of 82.32% and first place.
judges remarks read – ‘A beautifully ridden test from a lovely partnership, well done today!’
Sarah Kee and ‘Swallow’ weren’t far behind on their score of 81.25%, which was enough to bag them second place and the blue rosette.
Everyone came home with a smile of their face in the novice class as with a total of six competitors, everyone was assured a rosette. However Kaiti McCann’s smile was the biggest as her and ‘Cookie’ picked up the red rosette for their score of 75.32%, followed by Laura Fekkes and ‘Barbie’ with 74.35%. This was a strong class therefore rosettes were well earned.
The last class of the day saw Wayne Hamilton and Laura Fekkes battle it out against each other with both competitors riding two horses each.
Laura Fekkes certainly wowed the judge with her and ‘Finns’ centre-line as the pair received a perfect score of 10 along with a brilliant comment from the judge – ‘If Carlsberg done Centre Lines!’
It has been a long time since Hagans Croft saw a score of 10 on a score sheet therefore the pair were awarded a special treat along with their red rosette for their finishing score of 78.46%.
What a way to finish the day … definitely on a high!
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