THE East Antrim Pony Club held their annual awards ball at the Templeton Hotel, Templepatrick on November 9. To celebrate the Pony Club’s 90th anniversary, this event was more formal than usual and the traditional black and yellow of the East Antrim branch were replaced by the turquoise, purple and gold of Pony Club in the table and room decorations. The ball was attended by nearly 150 members and families, as well as guests from the East Antrim Hounds and former District Commissioner Hilary McKee and her husband, John.
An excellent meal was enjoyed by all and great entertainment was provided by Fiddler Adam and DJ Gaz Entertainment. Members and their families, ranging from toddlers to grandparents, were out on the floor and the dancing continued into the small hours.
East Antrim have had a very successful competitive year and many winners were honoured at the prize giving. At the end of the club’s awards, John Minford, Joint Master of the East Antrim Hounds presented the Hunt Cup to Anna Jackson. Former District Commissioner, Hilary McKee, was presented with the prestigious Cubitt Award made by The Pony Club to individuals who have given over 20 years of voluntary service to the club. Photographs were taken by Sporting Images.
East Antrim Pony Club would like to thank everyone involved in the ball and, in particular, the ball sub-committee of Kathy Morrow, Rachel Kidd, Ashleigh Bingham and their helpers, who worked so tirelessly to make the evening such a wonderful success.
Silverbrook Cup for Intermediate Eventing: Felicity McConnell
Lisnacue Cup for Novice Eventing: Hugo O’Neill
Glenwherry Shield for Regional Eventing: Molly McCartney
Hartfield Cup for Intermediate Dressage: Laura McKillen and Helen Cunningham
Silverstream Cup for Novice Dressage: Zara Craigs
Five Corners Shield for Regional Dressage: Ella Lindsay
Junior Dressage Cup: Erin McCrea
Mini Dressage Shield: Cayleigh Erwin
Lismore Cup for Intermediate show jumping: Helen Cunningham
Beggs Cup for Novice show jumping: Katelyn Irvine
Braepark Shield for Regional Show jumping: Sophia Bingham
Golden Jubilee Cup for junior show jumping: Hannah Robinson
Mini show jumping shield: Ellie Bingham
Junior Tetrathlon: Chloe Stewart
MB14 Products Cup for Minimus tetrathlon: Holly Ross
Tadpole Tetrathlon Cup: Jack Morrow
Beanie Tetrathlon cup: Annie Morrow
Golden Haze Cup for best overall performance at Home Champs: Erin McCrea
Jasper Cup for Effort and achievement at Home Champs: Megan Carville
Farrier Cup for best girl at senior camp: Anna Jackson and Chloe Stewart
Best boy at senior camp: Sam Jackson and Patrick Cunningham
Rebel Walk Cup for best overall in junior camp: Holly Ross
Ballyrobert Cars Cup – most improved under 8: Ellie Bingham, Katie McCartney, Annie Morrow
George Cup most improved 10 and under: Cayleigh Erwin and Nicole Peoples
Bates Cup Most improved 11/12: Stephanie Fox and Emma Bamford
Moore Cup most improved 13/14: Katelyn Irvine and Anna Jackson
Lylehill Shield best Junior performance: Regional Show jumping Champions Molly McCartney, Holly Ross, Megan Carville and Erin McCrea
Carmichael Cup best senior girl: Laura McKillen
McCartney Motors cup best senior boy: Hugo O’Neill
Cookstown Caravans Junior Endeavour Cup: Mark Ross and Jack Morrow
NFU Mutual Cup for over 12 endeavour: Katie Bamford
Magill Ambassador’s Trophy – awarded to a group of senior members who have done a significant amount of volunteering: Laura and Aimee McKillen, Zara Craigs, Tara Murphy, Helen Cunningham and Emma Ewing
Dixon Liggett Cup for best performance outside Pony Club: Felicity McConnell and Tori Jewiss, who were placed 1st and 2nd in the 1m class at Eventing Ireland Championships
John Baird Cup for Best Member: Erin McCrea
Parkstown Hector Memorial Cup for best intermediate performance across all the disciplines: Tori Jewiss and Helen Cunningham
Hughie Memorial Cup for Best Pony: Eve Lindsay’s Toffee
Hunt Cup: Anna Jackson
Parent/ volunteer of the year: Lynn Martin, John Jackson, Barbara Craigs, Kevin Ross and Rachelle Reid
Regional Championships competitors: Erin McCrea, Molly McCartney, Holly Ross, Megan Carville, Mya McCullough, Stephanie Fox, Grace Morton and Nicole Peoples were presented with photo frames.
National Championship riders: Laura McKillen, Helen Cunningham, Felicicty McConnell, Patrick Cunningham, Katelyn Irvine, Laura McKay and Mya McCullough were presented with championships plaques and medals.
Achievement badges were presented to Ellie Mae Kerr, Annie Morrow, Katie MCartney, Jaden Farren, Harvey Ross. Daniel Stewart, Paige Erwin, Indie Bingham, Ana Goodrich, Isla McKinty, Lyla Rea, Ellie Bingham, Poppy Bannon, Amelia Bannon, Cayleigh Erwin, Grace Reid, Sophia Bingham, Nicole Peoples, Jack Morrrow, Holly Ross, Mark Ross, Eve Lindsay, Jacob Lyle, Grace McIlroy, Hannah Robinson, Laura Dale, Darragh Martin.