Dressage League gets underway at Gransha

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SENIOR NOVICE: Charlotte Keers and ‘Freddie’ won the Senior Novice 22 class at the Gransha dressage league. (FW39-526NN) PICTURES: courtesy of Dara McCracken

EXCITING new sponsors, “The Cottage Cattery” have come on board to support the latest in a series of leagues taking place at Gransha Equestrian Centre, near Bangor.

Situated on the outskirts of Newtownards, The Cottage Cattery is a purpose-built 5* luxury cattery is owned and run by Michelle McConnell, a qualified veterinary nurse with a diploma in Cattery management. Michelle and her dedicated and trained team of staff give a lot of time and care to each cat’s individual needs and welcome new customers to come and view their facilities.

ACTION: Karen Jeffrey in action in the Senior Novice 22 class at the Gransha dressage league. (FW39-525NN)

Week 1 of The Cottage Cattery Dressage league took place on Saturday, September 12. Judges for the day were Fran Warden, Lynne Tennis and Sharon McGimpsey. Class 1 was the Mini Intro class. Eirin Wardle and ‘Harry Potter’ won the assisted section, with Erin Gordon and ‘Lowland Toy Soldier’ claiming second. In the unassisted section, Elise Gardiner and ‘Heidi’ came first. In the Junior Intro section it was a win for Eve Adair and ‘Sonny’.

A good entry in the Senior Intro category saw a win for Craig Hills riding ‘Rita’. Second was Jane Waugh with ‘Tullydun Blue’ and third went to Hannah Ogle riding ‘Casements Cavalier’.

Lauren McGlennon had a busy morning with her two ponies. She won the Junior Prelim class with ‘Pixie’ and took third with ‘Murphy’. Eva O’Neill slotted into second place with ‘Duke of Down’.

The biggest class of the day was the Senior Prelim test 1. Claire Williams took the honours with her attractive bay mare ‘Kali’. Hot on her heels was Laura Wilson and ‘Jolly’. Taking third was Shana Martin and ‘Bob’.

Jill Banford made it a successful day with her piebald mare ‘Candy’, winning the Senior Prelim test 15. Allison Matthews and ‘Tadhg’ were second, while Laura Fekkes and ‘Finn’ took third.

Percentages in the first of the two Senior Novice classes were very close, with Cerys Howell taking the top spot with ‘Colin’. Joint second went to Julie Dauncey riding ‘Summer’ and Amanda McVeigh on ‘Milly’. Laura Fekkes and ‘Finn’ placed fourth.

Charlotte Keers and ‘Freddie’ recorded a high score to win the second of the Novice tests. Lesley Jones and ‘Christie’ came second, with Megan Hamill and ‘Chesterfield Rock Power’ claiming the third spot.

A strong Elementary class saw Claire Ireland and ‘Mission Ambition’ record the win, ahead of Elaine Williams and ‘Emerald’, who slotted into second place. Sharon McGimpsey and ‘Chilli’ came third.

‘Maverick’, ridden by Louise Spence claimed victory in the Medium class.

‘Homegrown Hendrix’ and Shenade Duggan soared to victory in the Young Horse class, with Sylvia Henry and ‘Buzz’ taking second. In the side saddle class it was a win for Suzi McClean and ‘Simba’. Shirley Anderson and ‘Impersonator’ took second, ahead of Sharon McGimpsey and ‘Chilli’ who slotted into third place.

Allison Matthews won the Racehorse class with ‘Tadhg’.

RUNNERS UP: Allison Matthews and ‘Tadhg’ came second in the Senior Prelim 15 class at the Gransha dressage league. (FW39-524NN)

Well done to everyone who competed on the day. October 10 is the next date in this dressage league. Keep an eye on the website and facebook for all Gransha events.

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