CAVAN Equestrian Centre hosted their Winter Festival Show over the weekend of November 4-7. Horse Sport Ireland were delighted to sponsor four classes on the final day – the 1.30m Table C Speed, the 1.20m Final, the 1.30m Final and the 1.45m Grand Prix on Sunday evening.
The 1.20m Final kicked off at 11.45am, with a huge number of entries, with 10 jumping clear in round one to go through to the jump-off. After three blistering double clears, Tori Dunn took first place with ‘Sumas Taloubet’ (ISH), with a time of 40.39 seconds. Second place went to Eva Boland with ‘BP Fandango’ (ISH) and third to Cornelius Brennan with ‘Escarda U’.
The 1.30m Final started in the afternoon, again with entries aplenty. This time, a challenging course saw only five combinations through to the jump-off, and three double clears took the top three places. Last to go was Ella Clancy with ‘Shooting Star’ (ISH), who secured the win by over three seconds, in a time of 32.53 seconds.
Next was Madeline Roberts Allen with ‘Daroento VDL’, double clear for second place, and third place went to Olive Clarke with ‘KPCM Diorio’ in a time of 39.5 seconds.
The 1.30m Table C Speed was another nail-biting class, with 57 combinations and less than one second between the top three placings. First place ultimately went to Abigail Boland and ‘The Hurricane’ (ISH), going clear in the fastest time of 45.16 seconds; second place to Sven Hadley with ‘Topspin’, who added less than half a second to Abigail’s time. Third place went to Marta Hughes Bravo and ‘Miss Belgium III’, who went clear in 45.84 seconds.
The final event of the night was the evening’s 1.45m Cavan Grand Prix, which was highly contested by young riders and experienced combinations alike. 12 combinations made it through to the jump-off, including Emily Turkington, who made it through with an impressive three horses; she went on to take fourth, fifth and ninth place in the line-up. First place went to Young Rider Niamh McEvoy with ‘Haifa OL’, with a time of 38.46, just 0.4 of a second ahead of Ryan Sweetnam and ‘Quisto’, who flew into second place. Third then went to Shane Goggins and ‘DPS Revere’ (ISH) in a time of 39.33 seconds.