SATURDAY, July 23, saw the second leg of Hagans Croft’s five week dressage league get underway with a healthy amount of entries.
The day started off with the Intro class, which is always a popular walk, trot test. All competitors rode very accurate tests in front of judge Coreen Abernethy with the top four placings finishing on scores of 70.43 per cent and above. However the top spot went to Anna McErlean on ‘Lexi’ who received a score of nine for their straight and balanced entry up the centre line, saluting to a score of 73.25 per cent.
Coreen certainly enjoyed watching this pair in action and left a lovely comment on their mark sheet – “A super horse! Lovely paces, rhythm and balance work. Lots of potential to progress up the levels.”
Second place went to Caroline Herron riding her beautiful grey gelding ‘Clantara Lord Louis’, with a score 72.39 per cent, they finished in second place and took home the blue rosette.
The newcomers class had a total of five competitors turn down the centre line which meant no one was leaving empty handed, with everyone receiving a ribbon for their efforts.
Taking home the red ribbon was Daisy Gillespie on ‘Caebryn Flying Wild’ finishing on a score of 69.17 per cent and some lovely comments from judge Coreen Abernethy – “A lovely eye catching pony who has beautiful canter steps. Lovely work today.” Taking home the blue ribbon was Jas Hogg on ‘Jack the Lad’ with a finishing score of 66.25 per cent.
Onto the third class of the day, Prelim, the most popular class of the day with a total of 15 horse and riders taking part. However it was a winning day for Anna McErlean, this time on her second mount of the day ‘Roo’, the pair saluted to a top score and the best score of the overall day – 75.69 per cent. There was no doubt they were coming home with the red ribbon for their foot perfect performance.
Daisy Gillespie and ‘Caebryn Flying Wild’, bettered their score from the previous class, achieving 73.45 per cent and a second place ribbon for the prelim class.
This pair have a lovely partnership and we hope to see more of them in the league.
The Novice class saw Lynne Robinson and Kaiti McCann finish on the same total percentage – 71.43 per cent, therefore it was down to who got the highest collective mark. There was only one point in it, which was enough for Lynne Robinson and ‘Hope’ to take the win, and second place for Kaiti McCann and ‘Cookie’. Well done to both competitors and their great sportsmanship.
Next on the schedule was the elementary class, where a whisker could have separated the top two placings. However on the day it was Michael Boyd and ‘VSH James Bond’ who took the win with 69.33 per cent followed by Rachel Rendle and ‘Meg’ with 69.17 per cent, well done!
Normally the elementary class is the last class of the day however after a few requests a last minute decision to put on a Medium test was made. Two competitors took on the challenge and it was lovely to see tests ridden at this high level. Once again it was the red ribbon for Michael Boyd and ‘VSH James Bond’ followed by Victoria McCandless and ‘Koolstyle’.
Hagans Croft would like to thank everyone who supported the second leg of five week dressage league and thanks are extended to their judge on the day, Coreen Abernethy and scribe Katie Rutherford and to their stewards for making the event run so smoothly.
The dressage league continues every Saturday until August 13. This event is pre-entry only with entries taken via Hagans Crofts website www.haganscroftequestrian.co.uk or you can download and enter through the Hagans Croft App. Entries close each Thursday at 8pm prior to Saturday’s event and start times are posted online Thursday evenings.
Photographs can be purchased online from Black Horse Photography.
n To find out more about the league, please contact Gillian on 07849 106453 or go to the website: www.haganscroftequestrian.co.uk
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