Cooper is a trooper at Connell Hill

Connell SJI BR Farm
STYLISH: Ashley Kelly on ‘Just the Two of Us’ jumping well at Connell Hill. (FW12-523NN)

WELL rain it did for the St. Patrick’s Day Bank Holiday weekend, but it was still a stunning day at Connell Hill for the Spring SJI Horse League, when all competitors turned out in true style, jumping tracks designed by Course Designer Colm Quinn and assisted by Derrick Gillan.

Marie Fallon O’Kane made her way home to Dungiven to dry out after successfully picking up points for double clear rounds in both the 80cm and 90cm clasess on her mare ‘Clovers Girl’. Hannah Thompson from Ballymena, had an illustrious day claiming double clear rounds on her mum, Sylvia Thompson’s mare ‘Sam-Mar Madame Sophie’ and ‘Samuel Smyth’s mare from Randalstown, ‘Ballylurgan What Lux’ in the 1.0m class.

DOUBLE CLEAR: Jade Harper on ‘Elamo She’s The Business’ jumped double clear in the 1m class at Connell Hill. (FW12-522NN)

It was then a victorious day for Fiona Cooper, who took poll positions for outstanding rounds in the 1.10m and 1.20m classes on Tom Spence’s gelding, from Dungannon, ‘Gortshalgan’.

Connell Hill would like to thank Course Designers Colm Quinn and Derrick Gillan, Judge Linda Skillen, Photographer Lyndon McKee, arena crew, staff, competitors, owners and grooms all making this a very enjoyable day. Contact Grace on 07765 884254 or Gillian on 07803 17009 for information on this league, which runs each Saturday at 10am until the end of April.


Saturday, March 16

80cm: =1) Keeford Joy, Noel McKee; Clovers Girl, Marie Fallon-O’Kane; Libby, Chelsea Topping.

90cm: =1) Elamo Cobras Diamond Girl, Jade Harper; Sam-Mar Madame Sophie, Hannah Thompson; Clovers Girl, Marie Fallon O’Kane; Caltra Leader, Elaine Morrow.

1.0m: =1) Elamo Shes The Business, Jade Harper; Sam-Mar Madame Sophie, Hannah Thompson; 078Falling For You, Sarah Bailie; Flutter Bye, Heather Graham; CHS Hoochie Coochie, Gareth Nethercote; Ballylurgan What Lux, Hannah Thompson; Pacino Hill, Elizabeth Boone.

1.10m: 1) Gortshalgan, Fiona Cooper; 2) MTN Limmerick, Gareth Nethercote.

1.20m: 1) Gortshalgan, Fiona Cooper; Javas Channell, Liam McGarry; 3) MTN Limmerick, Gareth Nethercote.

ON FORM: Hannah Thompson on ‘Sam-Mar Madame Sophie’ had a great day at Connell Hill, jumping clear in both the 90cm and 1m classes. (FW12-521NN)

1.30m: No Result.


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