SUNDAY, October 3 saw the first leg of the Autumn Dressage League get underway at Gransha Equestrian Centre, Bangor.
This series is generously supported by Equine Awards NI. Taking place at the Titanic Hotel in Belfast on June 25, 2022, the Equine Awards will bring together the best from the Equestrian sector in NI. This promises to be a night of celebration and an opportunity to shine a light on those who excel in their profession or discipline. Nominations for the various categories can be made by logging on to www.equineawardsni.com
The Gordon family had a great day of dressage, with Erin, Ollie and Isaac all picking up ribbons. Ollie Gordon pipped his brother to the post in the assisted section of the Mini Intro class, winning with ‘Star’. Isaac had to settle for second place. Erin won the unassisted section, also on board ‘Star’, with Eve Lawther and ‘Cream Cracker’ slotting into second position.
In the Junior Intro class it was a win for Scarlett Dodd and ‘Omars Day’.
The Senior Intro class was well supported and Karol Naggy took the honours with the eye catching Irish Draught mare ‘Leigh’. Second place went to Rosemary McCullough and ‘Burnished Denman’, while Hannah Whitla and ‘Winston’ claimed third.
A new class for this league is the Newcomers Prelim class for both Juniors and Seniors, which is ideal for combinations just starting out. Izzy Stout took the win in the Junior category with ‘Naomi’, ahead of Eve O’Neill and ‘Mick’. Charlotte McCullough and ‘Burnished Denman’ achieved a high score to win the Junior Prelim 1 class, ahead of Izzy Stout in second and Eve O’Neill in third.
Taking first and second place in the Senior Newcomers class was Alex Ryan with ‘Dunny’ and ‘Fletcher’ respectively. Third place went to Deborah Donnell and ‘Lusmagh Echo’. This lovely grey Connemara also had success with Sophie Donnell in the Senior Prelim 1 class, coming out on top. Suzi McClean and ‘Butter’ took second, while Angela Fynn and ‘Knock James Jack’ were third.
In the long arena Prelim test, Andrew Ross took the win with the ex-racehorse ‘Military Road’, ahead of Georgie Young and ‘Pinecroft Glacier’.
Moving on to the Novice classes, it was a very successful outing for Sharon Getty and ‘Daisy’, as they took victory in BD Novice 24 and BD Novice 22. Elli Miskelly had a second with ‘Ballagh Rebel’ in the first of the Novice tests, while Hannah Wilding and ‘Rocco’ were third. Samantha Edgar and ‘Balinderry KJ’ took second in Novice 22, while Claire Bevan and ‘Summer’ were third.
Sharon McGimpsey and ‘Chilli’ won the Elementary class, while Claire Bevan and ‘Summer’ took second. Angela Penman gave her stunning new young horse, ‘Lys Etoile’ a great ride in the Prelim class, recording a win for this new partnership.
Suzi McClean and ‘Simba’ rode to victory in the side saddle class, while Andrew Ross with ‘Military Road’ won the racehorse to dressage horse class.
As always, a huge thanks to the judges on the day, Fran Warden and Ivor Harper, the scribes and scorers. The next leg of this league takes place on Saturday, October 30. Check out www.granshaequestrian.co.uk for all of the competitions coming up.