DRESSAGE at Home, an online dressage company, held a live charity show at Portmore Equestrian Centre, Aghalee on Saturday, October 29. The weather was wet and windy, but this did not deter the high spirits and camaraderie of the competitors. Two arenas ran simultaneously, with judges Debbie Osborough (List four Dressage Ireland judge) and Coreen Abernethy (List five Dressage Ireland and British Dressage judge), gracing competitors with encouraging and helpful marks and comments.
All proceeds of the show were donated to the charity, The Irish Injured Jockeys Fund, with competitors digging deep in aid of such a worthy cause.
The show catered for all levels, ages and stages of horse and rider. Arena two began with the lead rein dressage, with this being a special moment to remember for some children and their parents! The squeals of delight could be heard echoing around the arena, as they gasped at their rosettes and placings! Judges also saw juniors out competing in their first solo dressage experience and the show organiser also ran a qualifying class for Mid Antrim branch of the Pony Club for their Regional competitions.
As the day progressed, para riders headed up that centre line, followed by Young Horse classes, Racehorse to Riding and Cob dressage classes. The afternoon welcomed riders competing at the higher levels up to Advanced Medium, with the day culminating in riders putting on their dancing shoes in the Dressage to Music class!
A big thank you to one of the sponsors of the Novice classes, The Equine Confidence Coach. Riders in these classes certainly took home a ribbon worthy of a place on a mantlepiece!
Dressage at Home would like to extend their thanks to the judges, volunteers, scribes, arena crew, scorers and to Portmore Equestrian Centre for the use of their stunning arena.
Saturday, October 29
Class 1 – Lead Rein Dressage: 1) Olivia Knipe, Paddington 69; 2) Josie Crawford, Mr Jones 68.
Class 2 – Junior Dressage: 1) Lizzy Taylor, Johnny 73.33; 2) Annie Crawford, Mr Jones 69.44; 3) Emma Jayne Crawford, Dylan 69.44; 4) Lily Davison, Charlie Boy 66.67; 5) Maisy Davison, Jackpot of Dreams 62.78.
Class 3 – Walk / Para Test: 1) Milly Walker, Benaughlin Little Condy 73.04; 2) Lucy Cloughan, Marlow’s Grey 68.91.
Class 4 – Intro: 1) Angela Hutchison, Knockahunna Oscar 68.33; 2) Dominique Winpenny, Ellegro KPCM 61.94; 3) Louise Powell, Poppy 60.56; 4) Porsha Erskine, Penny 60.
Class 5 – Intro: 1) Jessica Teggart, Beautiful Sunset 70; 2) Angela Hutchison, Knockahunna Oscar 68.42; 3) Louise Powell, Poppy 62.37; 4) Porsha Erskine, Penny 58.95; Lizzy Taylor, Johnny, 70.52 (Junior).
Class 6 – Newcomer’s Prelim: 1) Lauryn Farrell, Buzz 67.2; 2) Deborah Kilpatrick, Comhghairdeas 55.2.
Class 7 – Newcomer’s Prelim: 1) Katie Clarke, Sue 69.6.
Class 8 – Prelim: 1) Janene Gamble, Braeview Little Lion Man 73.2; 2) Kate Kukko, Silken Isla 69.8; 3) Carilinn Carroll, Carlingsford Chance 67; 4) Deborah Allen, Rose of Gethesemane 65.4; 5) Joanne Clough, Hey Jupiter 63.4; 6) Jessica Teggart, Beautiful Sunset 62.8; Barbara Henderson, Lady Caldbrook, withdrawn.
Class 9 – Prelim: 1) Kate Kukko, Silken Isla 73.4.
Class 10 – Novice: 1) Deborah Allen, Rose of Gethesemane 64.03; Christine Newton, Glenlyon, withdrawn.
Class 11 – Novice: Christine Newton, Glenlyon, retired.
Class 12 – Elementary: 1) Victoria McCandless, Koolstyle 63.65.
Class 14 – Medium: 1) Penny Murphy, Kontiki 65.81; 2) Victoria McCandless, Koolstyle 60.65.
Class 15 – Medium: 1) Jill Hobson, Hanne J Walker 67.27.
Class 17 – Racehorse to Riding Intro: 1) Carilinn Carroll, Carlingsford Chance 74.17; 2) Nicole McClements, Rudi’s Princess 64.94.
Class 18 – Veterans Intro: 1) Katie Clarke, Sue 74.72; 2) Carilinn Carroll, Carlingsford Chance 74.17; 3) Zoya Robinson, Buzz Prince of Kilmoiraty 71.67; Aimee Maxwell, Romeo, withdrawn.
Class 19 – Young Horse Intro: 1) Rebecca Millar, BGS Ready Teddy Go 68.61; 2) Nicole McClements, Rudi’s Princess 67.5; 3) Rebecca Belshaw, Loch Garman Girl 63.89.
Class 20 – Young Horse Prelim: 1) Rebecca Millar, BGS Ready Teddy Go 65.8; Elizabeth Eames, Izzy, withdrawn.
Class 24 – Freestyle to Music Prelim: Aimee Maxwell, Romeo, withdrawn.
Class 26 – Freestyle to Music Elementary: 1) Victoria McCandless, Koolstyle 82.33.
Regional Pony Club Qualifiers – Novice: 1) Hannah Thompson, Jemeela Charm 70.45; 2) Jessica Mulgrew, Knockagarron Emperor 65; 3) Rioghnach Murray, Lux Elusive 60.68; Alice Slaters, Carraigoir Blaze, withdrawn.
Regional Pony Club Qualifiers – Intermediate: 1) Hollie Fitzpatrick, Admirals Voyage 68.10.
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