Back up the centre line at Hagans Croft Equestrian

Hagans Croft dressage BR Farm
ELEMENTARY: Right, Debbie Burns and ‘Bella’ rode a lovely test to win the Elementary class at Hagans Croft. (FW30-558NN)

HAGANS Croft were delighted to get their events back up and running post lockdown and decided to start back with their usual dressage league on Saturday, July 18. This dressage league is always very popular and competitors were delighted to get back out competing at this venue once again. A lot of preparation went into getting the venue ready for reopening under the new Covid-19 protocols, making sure that everyone had a safe and fun day out competing.

Hagans Croft were very grateful to receive such a wonderful review from a lady who competed at the venue on Saturday: “Exceptionally well run show, with a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Ran on time, with extra parking / grass arena available, perfect for a young horse. Keep doing what you’re doing, we’ll be back.”

NOVICE: Olivia Courtney and ‘Moo’ on their way to winning the Novice class at Hagans Croft. (FW30-557NN)

The Intro class had an early awakening, with an 8.30am start – as the saying goes, the early bird catches the worm! In this case, it was a red rosette and this went to one of the youngest competitors on the day, Charlie Watson riding ‘Master Casper Boy’, who scored just shy of 70%. Second and third places were hotly contested, with Erin Barlow and Helen Murphy both finishing on the same percentage and collective mark, however, it was one point of a walk mark, which separated them, giving Erin and ‘Extra Innings M2s’ second place and the blue rosette.

It was lovely to see so many people moving up and taking on the Newcomers class. This class was primarily added for those riders who have been competing at Intro level for a while, but are unsure of moving up into a Prelim test with those who are more experienced at Prelim level. Although in saying that, there was no stopping Kaiti McCann and her beautiful black Friesian ‘Ronaldo’, as this pair scored the highest score over all the classes on the day, with 74.52%. It is great to see all their hard work is paying off – well done!

Second place went to Victoria McCandless and ‘Koolstyle’ with another great score of 70.24%. This is a great start to the league for this pair, as Victoria has been working hard for the NHS all over lockdown, as well as juggling her equestrian interests by doing lots of online virtual dressage competitions. She is now glad to be back in the arena competing instead of her field at home. Organisers look forward to seeing their progress over the next five weeks.

Onto the Prelim class, which was the largest class of the day. A total of 26 competitors turned down the centre line to judge Jacky Reid. It was great to see so many new faces come to compete at Hagans Croft and they certainly made their mark on the venue. Rosey Herron came out on top, with a score of 68.54% on her mare ‘Soli’, followed by Andrew Greer on his new mount ‘Sharp Object’ with 68.13%.

After the lunch break, the Novice class commenced where the talent was aplenty. A frequent dressage attender to Hagans Croft, Olivia Courtney and her colourful gelding ‘Moo’ sauntered down the centre line with his feathers flowing. Olivia and ‘Moo’ saluted to a score of 68.33% and came home with the red rosette. Making a day of it at Hagans Croft, Laura Fekkes rode both her horses in two classes, with success coming in the Novice class on horse ‘Finn’, with a score of 66.88% and second place. The hard work was definitely worth it!

The last class of the day was the Elementary class, where some jaw-dropping tests were ridden! However, out on top was Debbie Burns on ‘Bella’ with 69.53%, with second place going to Danielle Hammond riding ‘Tanino’ with 68.59%. Danielle hasn’t been out competing since last year, so this was a very good day at the office for this pair.

Thank you to all the competitors, who supported the first leg of this five-week league. Hagans Croft hopes to see everyone again next week. Thanks are extended to judges, Coreen Abernethy and Jacky Reid and to all the stewards, who made the event run so smoothly. The league continues every Saturday until August 15 and is open to all competitors, even if you are not wishing to qualify for the league. To qualify for the final in week five, each horse or pony and rider combination must compete in three out of the five weeks and within the same dressage 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 five, with a separate prize giving to be held for those competing on the day and those competing within the league.

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


Saturday, July 18

Class 1 – Intro – British Dressage Intro B, 2009: 1) Charlie Watson, Master Casper Boy 69.78; 2) Erin Barlow, Extra Innings M2s 68.7%; 3) Helen Murphy, Belle 68.7%; 4) Joanne Martin, Artic Robin 67.17%; 5) Sharon Cowan, Rose of Mourne 67.17%; 6) Sarah Hanna, Cushina Breeze 66.96%.

Class 2 – Newcomers – Dressage Ireland, Intro C, 2016: 1) Kaiti McCann, Ronaldo 74.52%; 2) Victoria McCandless, Koolstyle 70.24%; 3) Harriett Hogan, Tilly 68.33%; 4) Pauline Faloon, Scarlet 66.9%; 5) Rebecca Fletcher, Lurgans Diamond Princess 65.48%; 6) Sarah Hanna, Cushina Breeze 65%.

Class 3 – Prelim – British Dressage Prelim 14, 2006: 1) Rosey Herron, Soli 68.54%; 2) Andrew Greer, Sharp Object 68.13%; 3) Katie Adams, Charlie 67.5%; 4) Amy Tubman, Ellie 67.29%; 5) Julia Herron, Paris 67.08%; 6) Laura Fekkes, Finn 66.67%.

Class 4 – Novice – British Dressage Novice 34, 2009: 1) Olivia Courtney, Moo 68.33%; 2) Laura Fekkes, Finn 66.885; 3) Claire Liddle, Molly 66.67%; 4) Jessica House, Tullys Rebel 66.25%; 5) Laura Wilson, Bertie 65.21%; 6) Gillian Graham, Gorsehill Charmer 63.96%.

RED RIBBON: Left, Rosey Herron and ‘Soli’ claimed the red ribbon in the Prelim class at Hagans Croft. (FW30-556NN)

Class 5 – Elementary – British Dressage Elementary 42, 2008: 1) Debbie Burns, Bella 69.53%; 2) Danielle Hammond, Tanino 68.59%; 3) Laura Wilson, Rennie 64.38%.


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