DOUBLE points were on offer at the penultimate leg of Causeway Coast Arena’s winter show jumping league on Sunday, December 12. More fillers added this week to a well-received course designed by William Brown.
Caleb Mitchell with ‘Buzz’ and Katie Surgeoner with her two ponies, ‘Rocky’ and ‘Tommy’ are all on equal points, vying for top spot in the league final, after a successful day jumping in the cross-poles class.
There were big entries in the 30/40cm class this week, but Jodie McKay with her pony ‘Gordon’ jumped double clear and held onto the top place in the league, with Aoife McGarry and ‘Max A Million’ just one point behind with a lovely double clear.
Mia McKay had a very successful day with her ponies ‘Bertie’ and ‘Sandy’, jumping double clears in the 30/40cm and 50cm classes. Grace Neely jumped a lovely double clear in the 50cm class with her pony ‘Panache’.
After Sunday, it is very close at the top of the league placings in the 50cm class, with three riders having equal points – sisters Jodie and Mia McKay and Aoife McGarry.
Zoe McMullan and the faithful ‘KHS Dovizioso’ jumped double clear again this week in the 60cm class, taking a seven-point lead on the league leader-board! Meanwhile, Aoife Milliken with ‘Beauty’ took the lead in the 70cm league placings after jumping a lovely double clear and Zoe McMullan and ‘KHS Dovizioso’, also double clear, jumped into second place.
Zoe Caskey and ‘Walter’ rode the only double clear in the 80cm class and took the win in the Pony Club qualifier with a very fast time. Jessica Dunlop with ‘High Flying Hughie’ jumped double clear to win the Pony Club qualifier in the 90cm class. Zoe Caskey completed the pony section with a super round in the 1m, taking the win and Pony Club qualifier with ‘Walter’.
Fiona Watt started the horse section with the only double clear in the 60cm class on ‘Nellie’, taking a three-point lead in the league. There were three double clears in the 70cm class, with Melissa Lemon “bringing home the bacon to Ballybogey” with the dependable ‘Mamma Mia’ and this week was joined in the winning line-up by stablemate ‘Katie P’ ridden by Vikki Morrow. Bethany Gordon also jumped double clear in the 70cm class and went on to jump another lovely double clear in the 80cm class. Joining Bethany on full points, was Elle Moore on ‘Jack’ who are currently leading in the 80cm league and Grace Johnston with ‘Edie’.
The 90cm class saw a super competitive speed round in the second phase, with Debbie Allen and ‘Pippa’ jumping into first place, just ahead of Diane Roxborough and ‘Ozzy’. Grace Johnston switched horses, to take third place with ‘Eli’ in the 90cm class.
Geoffrey Glass took top spot in the 1m class with the ever-consistent ‘Ollie’, while Diane Roxborough settled for second place and Debbie Allen took third spot. This leaves Geoffrey just ahead of Debbie in the league placings in the 1m class. Geoffrey went on to take the winning spot in the 1.10m with ‘Ollie’ and so finished a super day of jumping.
All proceeds from the show go to RDA Causeway Coast and Glens. The organisers would like to thank everyone who helped prior to and on the day of the show. The Christmas Show and League Final will run on Sunday, December 19. There will be fabulous prizes on offer thanks to the sponsors: Killeen Animal Health, The Lodge Hotel, Anglers Rest Benone, Binevenagh Barrels, Claire’s Yoga Studio, Whoosh, Ballynamaddy Farm, Chequers Riverside, Drumcroon Cut Flower Garden, The Chocolate Lab, Weir Travel, Aunt Sandra’s Candy Factory, Limitless, Adventure Centre, Steele’s Farm Supplies, Barkin Bistro, Mandarin Palace, Coffee at the Dock, Lidl NI, Feedall Pet Foods Ltd.
All entries will close on Saturday, December 18 at 4pm. All entries are online at www.causeway coastarena.co.uk.
Sunday, December 12
Winter show jumping league
Pony Cross-Poles – Clears: Katie Surgeoner, Tommy; Caleb Mitchell, Buzz; Katie Surgeoner, Rocky; Grace McAuley, Konnie.
Pony 30/40cm – Double Clears: Jodie McKay, Gordon; Mia McKay, Bertie; Mia McKay, Sandy; Grace McAuley, Konnie; Caleb Mitchell, Colour Jack; Aoife McGarry, Max A Million; Aoibhinn Kelly, Cindy; Grace Cameron, Sambo; Grace Neely, Panache.
Pony 50cm – Double Clears: Jodie McKay, Gordon; Mia McKay, Sandy; Mia McKay, Bertie; Aoife McGarry, Max A Million; Abbie Chambers, Lucky Stitch; Lucy Kirkwood, Stormzy.
Pony 60cm – Double Clears: Zoe McMullan, KHS Dovizioso; Mia McKay, Sandy.
Pony 70cm – Double Clears: Zoe McMullan, KHS Dovizioso; Aoife Milliken, Beauty.
Pony 80cm – Double Clears: Zoe Caskey, Leo.
Pony 90cm: 1) Jessica Dunlop, High Flying Hughie; 2) Zoe Caskey, Leo; 3) Zoe Caskey, Walter.
Pony 1m: 1) Zoe Caskey, Walter.
Horse 60cm – Double Clears: Fiona Watt, Nellie.
Horse 70cm – Double Clears: Melissa Lemon, Mamma Mia; Vikki Morrow, Katie P; Bethany Gordon, Frank.
Horse 80cm – Double Clears: Elle Moore, Jack; Bethany Gordon, Frank; Grace Johnston, Edie.
Horse 90cm: 1) Debbie Allen, Pippa; 2) Diane Roxborough, Ozzie; 3) Grace Johnston, Eli; 4) Kathryn McCurdy, Hazel.
Horse 1m: 1) Geoffrey Glass, Ollie; 2) Diane Roxborough, Ozzie; 3) Debbie Allen, Pippa; 4) Grace Johnston, Eli.
Horse 1.10m: 1) Geoffrey Glass, Ollie.
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