THE second week of the Autumn Working Hunter league proved every bit as popular as week one, as beautifully turned out horses, ponies and riders arrived at Ardnacashel Equestrian, Comber on a bright Saturday.
The pony classes started the morning, judged by Declan O’Neill. Elissa Cowan took first place in the cross-pole class on ‘Ruby Tuesday’, closely followed by her sister Rebecca on ‘Beltoy Panteal’.The children seemed pleased at the sweets the judge provided, along with rosettes!
There was another first and second sister act in the 60cm class, with Tilly Ham on ‘Beechmount Bay’ taking first, followed by her sister Issy on ‘Castlerea George’. The 70cm class was dominated by Jocelyn Hutchinson, who took first on ‘Lanwedh Miss Saigon’ and second on ‘Flight of Earls Alo’.
The 80cm class was won by the super-consistent ‘Haywards Lasting Impression’ with Poppy Smith, while Ben Foster took the 90cm with ‘Millparks Eoin’.
The afternoon was the turn of the horses, kindly judged by Violet Jackson. The classes started with the 70cm, which was won by Noel McKee on ‘Hudson’ his lovely four-year-old. Having advised the judge he was here for education for young horses, Noel then went on to win the 80cm with his other young horse ‘Larry’ too!
The Small Hunter was won by the lovely grey ‘Castleview Inisfree Lady’, ridden by Molly Smyth, with Heather Steele winning the 90cm with ‘Poppy’.
As always, organisers would like to extend their thanks to the judges and helpers for the smooth running of the show. Entries for next week’s show on Saturday, October 16 are open via the Ardnacashel website.
Saturday, October 9
Autumn Working Hunter league – week 2
PONIES – JUDGE DECLAN O’NEILL
CROSS-POLES: 1) Elissa Cowan, Ruby Tuesday; 2) Rebecca Cowan, Beltoy Panteal; 3) Ella Dickson, Harvey; 4) Wesley Cole, Snowy; 5) Jorja Dickson, Snowy; 6) Zac Bradley, Nat King Cole.
PONY 60cm: 1) Tilly Ham, Beechmount Bay; 2) Issy Ham, Castlerea George; 3) Caitlyn Wells, Mika; 4) Zac Bradley, Nat King Cole; 5) Poppy McIlduff, Mexican Bob.
PONY 70cm: 1) Jocelyn Hutchinson, Langwedh Miss Saigon; 2) Jocelyn Hutchinson, Flight of Earls Alo; 3) Alex Hemsley, Vinnie; 4) Faith Adair, Kate; 5) Lucas Bradley, Gortlemon Isabelle; 6) Connie Gray, Joker.
PONY 80cm: 1) Poppy Smith, Haywards Lasting Impression; 2) Eva McGimpsey, Phil; 3) Eva O’Neill, Duke of Down; 4) Jocelyn Hutchinson, Flight of Earls Alo; 5) Ben Foster, Millparks Eoin.
PONY 90cm: 1) Ben Foster, Millparks Eoin.
HORSES – JUDGE VIOLET JACKSON
HORSE 70cm: 1) Noel McKee, Hudson; 2) Victoria McCurdy, Temple Bui; 3) Megan Mullen, Donnegreagh Donnacha; 4) Gareth McClean, Scoobie; 5) Alison Matthews, Jack; 6) Gail Smyth, Archie.
HORSE 80cm: 1) Noel McKee, Larry; 2) Victoria McCurdy, Temple Bui; 3) Caroline Herron, Clantara Midnight Classic; 4) Heather Steele, Poppy; 5) Megan Mullen, Donnegreagh Donnacha; 6) Josh McKeown, Murphy.
SMALL HUNTER: 1) Molly Smyth, Castleview Inisfree Lady.
HORSE 90cm: 1) Heather Steele, Poppy; 2) Suzi McClean, Butter.
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