THE Northern Lights NI Riding Club stepped out of their comfort zone and embarked on a day of dressage at the RDA Causeway Coast Arena, Coleraine. It was a daunting experience for the organisers, as they are used to arranging show jumping and cross-country events. However, much to the organiser’s delight, it was a pleasant and engaging experience. There were back-to-back competitors all day, making the most of their well-deserved feedback from well-known, Ballymoney dressage competitor and judge, Brenda Cull.
Ballycastle rider, Marissa Elliott on ‘Greenans Cody’ and her niece Tierna McLaughlin on ‘Greenans Pharaoh’ made it a family occasion and Tierna was delighted to take second place in the Intro A (2008) class. Club member Katie Harbinson on her pony ‘Prince’ rode in both the Intro A and the Prelim 7 (2002) revised 2016, receiving encouraging feedback from Brenda.
Local horse rider Karen Auld on ‘Snabo Boy’ rode a lovely test in the Prelim 7 class. Whilst not in the ribbons, a mention has to go to club member Erin Armstrong on her mare ‘Rosie’, who were impeccable, as was Aghadowey rider Emma Marrs on the family pony ‘John-Joe’.
Whilst not everyone was taking home a prize, they are all deserving of a mention. It was lovely to watch the different riders and Ella-Louise Shaw on ‘Tir Na Og’, Grace Neely on ‘Dunshane Panache’, Ella Hassan on ‘Ballybriest Tambo’, Olivia Hassan on ‘BS Blossom’ and Nikki Burnemhand on her new horse ‘Electricity Work’ (aka ‘Leckey’) all gave it their all and made the most of the opportunity to have the judge’s feedback.
Thank you to everyone for their kind feedback on Facebook and when chatting to organisers at the show, it makes it all worthwhile.
Dates for the diary
The Northern Lights NI Riding Club will be holding a winter show jumping league at RDA Causeway Coast and Glens Arena, Coleraine, starting on Sunday, October 2. Everyone is welcome; early in 2023 the Club intend to run a dressage league. All details are available on the Club Facebook page, check them out to keep up-to-date with events.
Intro A (2008): 1) Ciara Stewart, Chantilly Mr X; 2) Tierna McLaughlin, Greenans Pharaoh; 3) Lorraine Gibson, Maisey.
Prelim 18 (2002) revised 2019: 1) Ciara Mainwaring, Spot of Colour Romeo; 2) Deborah Bader, Rose of Gethsemane.
Novice 28 (2008): 1) Deborah Bader, Rose of Gethsemane; =2) Gillian Holmes, Paddy; Diane O’Donovan, ROU; 3) Katy McElwee, Charlie.
Prelim 7 (2002) revised 2016: 1) Lorraine Gibson, Maisey; 2) Louanne McElwee, Prince; 3) Janene Gamble, Corranglen Rockin Ruby.
Prelim 1 2006: Rosella Hagan on ‘Mastermind’ was delighted to be able to ride the Prelim 1 2006 test and receive the judge’s comments.
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