THE final of the Premier Saddlery Two-Phase Event league was held at Cloncaw Equestrian, Glaslough, Co. Monaghan in perfect conditions on Sunday, September 19, with the forecast rain holding off until evening. The Two-Phase Event League has been kindly sponsored by Leon Murtagh of Premier Saddlery, Armagh since 2013 and is popular with competitors, who travel from all the surrounding counties – north and south of the border.
Events were held on July 4, August 1 and 22, September 5, culminating with the final on September 19, competitors had to compete on two days plus the final for league prizes, but all classes were open to riders not eligible for league prizes.
The events are run over a course of show jumps, followed immediately by cross-country over many of the fences used in Glaslough Horse Trials, with four classes – Maxi 1m, Midi 90cm, Mini 80cm and Minimus 60/70cm. The league has proved very popular over the years, with amateur riders of all ages and also for educating young horses.
Placings were close in each class, so it was all to play for with the show jumping phase proving influential as the event is scored on lowest faults, closest below the optimum time.
In Sunday’s Maxi class, Louise Flynn on ‘Miss Arkansas’ claimed first place on the day with four faults and clear cross-country; Aoife Gribben and ‘Wildfire Rio’ slotted into second on the day with eight faults; followed by Wendy Kirk and ‘Beware of the Bear’ in third, who came in one second under the optimum time, but left three poles on the floor and Becky Cullen on ‘Sparrow’ in fourth. ‘Sat nav’ malfunctions saw a couple of eliminations. The final Maxi league placings went to Louise Flynn on ‘Miss Arkansas’ in first and Wendy Kirk on ‘Beware of the Bear’ in second place.
The Midi show jumping again proved influential, but four riders came in clear, so the optimum time decided first to fourth on the day, with young riders Liam McLoughlin on ‘Murphy’ claiming first, closely followed by Tilley Tumilty on ‘Millbar Phynix’ in second; the consistent Cliff Haley on ‘Sally Supreme Clover’ in third and Claire Murnaghan on ‘Britania Cruise’, just being a bit too speedy, in fourth. Will Glendinning on ‘Rio’ and Daisy Gillespie on ‘Caebryn Flying Wild’ both knocked a fence show jumping, with Will being closer to time claiming fifth and Daisy in sixth.
It was a close call in the league, following allocation of points, with Daisy and ‘Caebryn Flying Wild’ only one point ahead of Letterkenny rider Cliff Haley. Having solved their ‘sat nav’ issues in earlier legs, Liam McLoughlin and ‘Murphy’ claimed third in the league, while Mary Ellen Rice on ‘Rakish Talisman’ came fourth after a costly error jumping a wrong fence, while Kathi Clamour and Eric Brunton from Meath took fifth and sixth in the league.
In the Mini, three riders were clear show jumping and cross-country – Molly McConnell riding her mother’s ‘Maximus’ on their second trip cross-country came first, with Arlene Watson on ‘Cheeko’ placing second and third going to Dean O’Neill on ‘Flowers by Echo’. Time decided fourth and fifth, as both were on eight faults and clear cross-country, with fourth going to Aoife Mallon on ‘Bay View Lady’, narrowly ahead of fifth placed Robyn Rice on ‘Holiday Cruising’, with Anne Killeen on ‘Alf’ in sixth place.
In the league, Emer Magee on ‘Diamond Mountain’ placed first, despite their stop at the roll top fence before the Parish Splash. Arlene Watson on ‘Cheeko’ moved up to second, with Aoife Mallon on ‘Bay View Lady’ in third, Abbie Harkness on ‘Little Miss Trouble’ in fourth, with a joint fifth for Anne Killen on ‘Alf’ and Robyn Rice on ‘Holiday Cruising’.
The Minimis class runs over a shorter track, with the McKenna twins, Arianna and Alessandra, both riding ‘Bella’, finishing first and second, clear in both phases. Fiona McKenna on ‘Lexi’ came third, just missing first – being clear, but marginally over the time. Lindsay McIvor claimed fourth, giving ‘Indi’ an introduction to eventing; ‘Happy Harry’ and Johnathan Bellew placed fifth, with Emily Jebb in sixth – both with four faults jumping.
The Minimis league was won by Arianna McKenna on ‘Bella’, with Alessandra McKenna on ‘Bella’ in second. Una McClelland on ‘Blaze’ came third, one point ahead of Emily Jebb on ‘Kilkenno Supreme’ in fourth. Fiona McKenna placed fifth with ‘Lexi’ and Amy Robinson on ‘Sherry Pop’ came sixth. This class has proved very successful, introducing novice riders, young and older and horses to the sport of eventing.
The event wouldn’t run without the many volunteers fence stewarding and for show jumping the whole Bellew family team, the show jumping judges and Monaghan Red Cross, as everyone is influential in the smooth running of the League. Thank you to all who competed over the course of the league, following the protocol in place. Follow Cloncaw on Facebook as dates for Derby Days, Winter League and training days to be posted shortly.
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Sunday, September 19
Premier Saddlery Two-Phase Event league
Maxi 1m: 1) Louise Flynn, Miss Arkansas; 2) Aoife Gribben, Wildfire Rio; 3) Wendy Kirk, Beware of the Bear; 4) Becky Cullen, Sparrow.
Midi 90cm: 1) Liam McLoughlin, Murphy; 2) Tilley Tumilty, Millbar Phynix; 3) Cliff Haley, Sally Clover Supreme; 4) Claire Murnaghan, Britania Cruise; 5) Will Glenndining, Rio; 6) Daisy Gillespie, Caebryn Flying Wild.
Mini 80cm: 1) Molly McConnell, Maximus; 2) Arlene Watson, Cheeko; 3) Dean O’Neill, Flowers by Echo; 4) Aoife Mallon, Bayview Lady; 5) Robyn Rice, Holiday Cruising; 6) Anne Killen, Alf.
Minimis 60/70cm: 1) Arianna McKenna, Bella; 2) Alessandra McKenna, Bella; 3) Fiona McKenna, Lexi; 4) Lindsay McIvor, Indi; 5) Johnathan Bellew, Happy Harry; 6) Emily Jebb, Kilkenno Supreme.
MAXI: 1) Louise Flynn, Miss Arkansas 30; 2) Wendy Kirk, Beware of the Bear 24.
MIDI: 1) Daisy Gillespie, Caebryn Flying Wild 28; 2) Cliff Halley, Sally Supreme Clover 27; 3) Liam McLoughlin, Murphy 20; 4) Mary Ellen Rice, Rakish Talisman 18; 5) Kathi Clamor, Ennigloh Diamond 13; 6) Eric Brunton, Mr Blue Clover Diamond 10.
MINI: 1) Emer Magee, Diamond Mountain 19; 2) Arlene Watson, Cheeko 16; 3) Aoife Mallon, Bay View Lady 13; 4) Abbie Harkness, Little Miss Trouble 11; =5) Anne Killen, Alf; Robyn Rice, Holiday Cruising 9.
MINIMIS: 1) Arianna McKenna, Bella 28; 2) Alessandra McKenna, Bella 24; 3) Una McClelland, Blaze 20; 4) Emily Jebb, Kilkenno Supreme 19; 5) Fiona McKenna, Lexi 11; 6) Amy Robinson, Sherry Pop 10.