SATURDAY, October 30 saw the second leg of the Autumn Dressage League taking place 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 Senior Intro class is always well supported and this leg was no exception. Nicole Lawther took the win with ‘Lyra’, closely followed by Karol Nagy riding ‘Leigh’. Zara Wood and her beautiful young mare ‘Evaline’ made their competition debut and claimed third position. In the Junior Intro class, it was a win for Scarlett Dodd and ‘Omars Day’. Grace Jackson and ‘Trigger’ took the honours in the Lead Rein section of the Mini Intro, while Eve Lawther won the unassisted section.
The Junior Newcomers class was won by Lucy Frew riding ‘Monty’. Anne Pawlok and ‘Harvey’ were second. Anne then went on to win the Junior Prelim 15 class. The Senior Newcomers class was a closely fought battle, with Deborah Donnell and ‘Lusmagh Echo’ coming out on top. Alex Ryan and ‘Dunny’ claimed second place, while Daline Hamilton and ‘Henry’ were third.
Senior Prelim 15 was a competitive class, seeing Suzi McClean and ‘Butter’ taking the win. Veronica Ham and ‘Ollie’ slotted into second place, while Georgie Young and ‘Pinecroft Glacier’ took third. Georgie then went on to take the victory in the Prelim DI 8 class.
Sharon Getty had two wins on board ‘Daisy’ in the Senior Novice classes, with impressive scores of over 70% in both tests. Judith Bankhead claimed second with ‘Polly’ and Debbie McAlister took third with ‘Monty’ in DI Novice 23.
Samantha Edgar and ‘Ballinderry KJ’ had a second in DI Novice 21, while Amy Harvey and ‘Indian Robe’ took third.
The ever-consistent Sharon McGimpsey and ‘Chilli’ recorded a win in the Elementary class. Sam Edgar took second place, ahead of Amy Harvey slotting into third.
Angela Penman and ‘Lys Etoile’ enjoyed a win in the Young Horse class, while Suzi McClean and ‘Simba’ rode to victory in the Side saddle class, ahead of Sharon McGimpsey and ‘Chilli’.
Round three takes place this Saturday, November 13.
This is then followed by Gransha’s annual Christmas Dressage finale on Sunday, December 12.
A generous prize fund of £350 is up for grabs for the best festive fancy dress costume in both the junior and senior categories. Competitors in the league are also in with a chance of winning a beautiful Le Mieux cooler rug, embroidered with the Equine Awards NI logo.
Come along for a mulled wine and mince pie – everyone welcome.