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HomeHorse LeagueAlex and ‘Phoenix Spark’ rising to the top at Hagans Croft

Alex and ‘Phoenix Spark’ rising to the top at Hagans Croft

SATURDAY, September 5 saw the second leg of Hagans Croft’s six-week Show Jumping League being held. With bumper entries, the organisers had a busy day ahead, however pre-entries meant that all competitors were given start times, which allowed the event to run smoothly and like clockwork throughout the day.

Classes started with cross-poles and the young stars of the future. Everyone competing in this class was delighted to go home with rosettes and, those who achieved double clears, all went home with a beautiful red rosette. A special mention must be made of Jessie Sinclair, who was the youngest competitor of the day at three years old, led the whole way round by her mum, Meaghan with a beaming smile on her face from start to finish!

It was then on to the 50cm class, where a delighted Zara Burney and ‘Chelsea’ took on the course of 12 fences, jumping clear all the way in a time of 29.16, there was no doubt that they were taking home the red ribbon. The pair were delighted to send a picture to Zara’s mum, Miriam, who got a lovely surprise at work that day. Second place went to Lydia Watterson and ‘Miss Khaleesi’, who after weeks of dressage, tried their hand at show jumping. They jumped clear in a time of 32.4 seconds. Organisers look forward to see how this pair develop over the course of the league.

The 60cm class saw a few brightly coloured fillers being added to the course. Kristina Hayes swapped her mount for the day and took on the course with a lovely coloured mare called ‘Stella’, owner and rider were delighted with their double clear and in a fast time of 25.5 seconds, putting them in first place for a red ribbon. Once again, for the second week in a row, it was second place in the 60cm for Robyn Hartley and her four-year-old mare ‘Ember’. This chestnut mare has shown great potential over the past two weeks and certainly has a bright future ahead.

The most popular class of the day was the 70cm and, with a whopping 29 entries, the competition certainly hotted up! A total of 17 competitors went clear all the way around the course of 12 fences, therefore it was down to who did it in the fastest time. Alex Greer was delighted with ‘Phoenix Spark’s’ performance – after a setback last week, this pair decided to jump a lower height in order to regain their confidence and what a performance the pair put in over the 70cm course! They jumped clear all the way, in the fastest time across the whole day of 21.28 seconds – there was no denying the pair first place and the red rosette. Margaret Green slipped down into second place this week, but the pair still had a super day’s jumping, with a double clear in a time of 22.9 seconds.

Another popular class was the 80cm class, where everyone was pushing to shave off a few seconds in the speed section of the course, over fences 9 to 12. Running away with the red rosette was Molly O’Connor and ‘Rossfad Runaway’ in a time of 21.5 seconds. Just 0.25 seconds behind Molly, it was Mya McMullan and ‘Springhill Quickstep’, clear in a time of 21.75 seconds, who took home the blue rosette. This pair have been working hard on their speed fences, maximising the shortcuts and executing them very accurately. Well done!

The 90cm class saw a few thrills and spills, with the planks at fence six causing some troublesome faults. However, this wasn’t the case for Charley Hanna and ‘Crystal’, who rode a faultless double clear in a fast time of 21.34 seconds, picking up the red rosette for their efforts. The McCausland family had a busy day, riding horses throughout various classes on the day, but success came within the 90cm class, when Nathan picked up second place on ‘Bowes Elevator’, jumping clear in a time of 22.37 seconds – well done!

The course was adjusted for the 1m class, whilst competitors walked the course. With only four competitors entered, it was all up for grabs. Two competitors finished up with a double clear, therefore it was down to who did it in the fastest time. Emily Walker and her new horse ‘Take a Gamble’ jumped round in the fastest time of 22.78 seconds, taking the win, followed by Beth Taylor and ‘Millyard Bobstar’ with 25.91 seconds – congratulations.

Thank you to all the competitors, who supported the second leg of this six-week league, Hagans Croft hopes to see everyone again next week. Thanks are extended to judge Gail Smyth and to all the stewards, who make these events run so smoothly. The league continues until Saturday, October 3 – this event is pre-entry only, with entries closing each Thursday at 12 noon prior to Saturday’s event. Times are posted online late on Thursday evening.

To qualify for the final in week six, each horse/ pony and rider combination must compete in four out of the six weeks and within the same show jumping class. Competitors must be present at the final to be eligible for league placings. Scoring is based on a points system and details of league scores can be found on Hagans Croft’s website or facebook page. Rosettes are awarded to the first six placings each week and within the overall league placings. Everyone is welcome to compete at the final in week six, with a separate prize giving held for those competing on the day and those competing within the league.

All photography available to purchase from Black Horse Photography NI.

Please see the website: www.haganscroft, facebook or Instagram page for more details or contact Gillian on 07849 106453.


Saturday, September 5

Show Jumping League

Class 1 – Cross-Poles – Clear Rounds: Megan Burns, Merlin; Rachel Price, Sporty; Sofia Taylor, Pepsi; William Steele,Spot; Anna Poots,Tinkerbelle; Elizabeth Atkinson, Eeabrook Isra; Todd Peters, Frosty; Libby Peters, Winnie; Erin Clough, Lily; Lauren O’Rourke, Magic; Taylor-Lee Doyle, Tara.

Class 2 – 50cm: 1) Zara Burney, Chelsea; 2) Lydia Watterson, Miss Khaleesi; 3) Emily Adamson, Zazu; 4) Alex Hemsley, Vinnie; 5) Taylor-Lee Doyle, Tara; 6) Imogen Gray, Zazu.

Class 3 – 60cm: 1) Kristina Hayes, Stella; 2) Robyn Hartley, Ember; 3) Rachel Freil, Alghan Nipper; 4) Rebecca Belshaw, Mr Reba; 5) Meabh Schaible, Fleur; 6) Eva Belshaw, Clogher Valley Humbug.

Class 4 – 70cm: 1) Alex Greer, Phoenix Spark; 2) Margaret Green, Evee; 3) Laura Nickell, Luna; 4) Mya McMullan, Springhill Quickstep; 5) Marissa Flanagan, Barney; 6) Robyn Hartley, Ember.

Class 5 – 80cm: 1) Molly O’Connor, Rossfad Runaway; 2) Mya McMullan, Springhill Quickstep; 3) Megan McCambridge, Nigel; 4) Sarah Craig, Rocky; 5) Alex Greer, Phoenix Spark; 6) Courtney Sloan, Starlight.

Class 6 – 90cm: 1) Charley Hanna, Crystal; 2) Nathan McCausland, Bowes Elevator; 3) Charlotte Cochrane, Abbie; 4) Kaitlyn Kearns, Doohat Bandit; 5) Sarah Craig, Rocky; 6) Abby Brown, Holiday Little Buzz.

Class 7 – 1m: 1) Emily Walker, Take a Gamble; 2) Beth Taylor, Mill Yard Bobstar; 3) Charley Hanna, Crystal; 4) Charlotte Cochrane, Abbie.

Bree Rutledge

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