ANOTHER great day was had by all at the One Day Event and Two Phase held at Lisbane Farm for the second time this season. These events have been very popular with riders of all ages wanting to have a go at eventing and will now be a firm fixture in next year’s calendar.
The total cash prize fund on the day was over £500, thanks to the generosity of sponsors Carlisle’s Fresh Foods of Ballynahinch, Rockrimmon Equestrian Sand and Lougherne Stud, who each sponsored a three phase class. Eric Pele Equestrian sponsored all two phase classes and additional prizes were very kindly provided by Kingsfield Haylage and Baileys Horse Feeds.
Veteran horses dominated the 75cm classes, with first place in the three-phase class going to ‘Tully’s Rebel’, owned by Siobhan Holloway. Beautifully ridden by Nicola Stewart, this lovely grey mare is a 17-year-old Registered Irish Draught by ‘Huntingfield Rebel’. Amy Hebburn made the journey from Coleraine worthwhile, as she finished the cross-country one second under the optimum time to repeat her win from a month ago in the two-phase class with ‘Harry’. At the age of ‘twenty something’ and with 15 seasons hunting on his CV, ‘Harry’ first came into Amy’s life 18 months ago, after sustaining a very nasty injury to a hind leg. Having invested a huge amount of patience and TLC, Amy is now enjoying much fun and success with her gorgeous ‘Harry’, who is still a cross-country machine and living life to the full.
Many thanks must go to Dressage judge Mark Robinson, who provided plenty of feedback and words of encouragement to competitors in the dressage phase. Also thanks to Show jumping judge Richard Truesdale and his team for overseeing proceedings in the show jumping arena. Stuart Stirling did an outstanding job as Cross-Country starter and a huge thank you must go to the fence judges for doing a great job all afternoon. Also many thanks to scribes, scorers, call up stewards, car park attendants and all those who helped to make the day such a success. These events just cannot run without the help of great people on the ground.
The next competition at Lisbane Farm is the Baileys Working Hunter Show on Saturday, September 15, starting with pony classes at 9am and horses from 1pm. Go As You Please will continue on Sundays from 12 noon until 5pm, with no need to pre-book. Facilities are available for schooling throughout the week by prior arrangement. Enquiries to Eric Pele on 07971 146505.
Sunday, September 2
Class 1 – 75cm three-phase, sponsored by Carlisle’s Fresh Foods: 1) Nicola Stewart, Tully’s Rebel; 2) Hannah McKinstry, Dernahatten Delight; 3) Nicole Barr, Krystal.
Class 2 – 75cm two-phase, sponsored by Eric Pele Equestrian: 1) Amy Hebburn, Harry; 2) Pippa Robinson, Home Farm Clover; 3) Alex O’Hare, Parker Molloy.
Class 3 – 90cm three-phase, sponsored by Rockrimmon Equestrian Sand: 1) Hannah McCrory, Max; 2) Kirsty Bates, CHE Banoffee French; 3) Emma Irwin, Heaven Sent.
Class 4 – 90cm two-phase, sponsored by Eric Pele Equestrian: 1) Rebekah McKinstry, Richhill Lass; 2) Conor Savage, Clarcie; 3) Ruth Leader, Casper.
Class 5 – 1m three-phase, sponsored by Lougherne Stud: 1) Emily Corbett, Thunder; 2) Emily Corbett, Bella; 3) Conor Savage, Darcie.
Class 6 – 1m two-phase, sponsored by Eric Pele Equestrian: 1) Joshua Russell, Mr Tip; 2) Orlaith McLaughlin, Flynn; 3) Emily Kirland, Rafa.