THE Meadows Equestrian Centre, Lurgan played host to the second qualifier for Young Event Horses on Tuesday, April 9. With the class divided into two sections for four- and five-year-olds respectively, the competition is run in the same format as the equivalent classes in Dublin, under the watchful eye of judges in dressage (flatwork), show jumping and conformation phases.
In the four-year-old section, it was Colin Halliday that led the way with ‘GHS Calexico’ by ‘Van Gogh’, followed closely by Emma Jackson with the ‘OBOS Quality 004’ gelding ‘Mr Quality Cruz’.
Judges in the five-year-old section had a tough decision, with many nicely produced horses on display, after totting up the scores David O’Connor with ‘Kylestone Carrick Prince’ by ‘Carrick Diamond Lad’ secured the win.
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Tuesday, April 9
Balmoral Young Event Horse qualifiers
Four-Year-Old RUAS Young Event Horse Qualifier: 1) Colin Halliday, GHS Calexico (S: Van Gogh, SD: Cavalier Royale); 2) Emma Jackson, Mr Quality Cruz (S: OBOS Quality 004, SD: Cruising); 3) David O’Connor, Tullymurray Hope (S: Lougherne Cappachino, SD: Convinced (TB)); 4) Jodie Creighton, Loughmourne Cruise Control (S: Cornet’s Stern, SD: Cruising); 5) Jill Revill, Lislan Beth(S: Querlybet Hero, SD: Mermus R); 6) Stacey Walting, Colandro Low (S: Colandro, SD: Agherlow).
Five-Year-Old RUAS Young Event Horse Qualifier: 1) David O’Connor, Kylestone Carrick Prince (S: Carrick Diamond Lad, SD: Are Black Cat); 2) Lucy Stewart, Javas Manhattan (S: Sir Shutterfly, SD: Cloverhill); 3) Trevor Smith, Mike of Mourne (S: Ringfort Cruise, SD: Roselier (FR)); 4) Andrew Napier, Hazeldene Elsa (S: Centrestage, SD: Sempers Spirit); 5) Rachel McKimmon, Lincourt Espresso (S: OBOS Quality 004, SD: Cavalier Royale); 6) Suzanne Hagan, Buddy (S: Chillout, SD: Coevers Diamond Boy).