BEAUTIFULLY embroidered rugs and saddle cloths were up for grabs at the final of the Clearbox Dressage league held at Gransha Equestrian Centre, Bangor on Friday, March 30.
Charlotte McCullough kicked off proceedings with her young pony ‘Burnished Denman’ as she claimed victory in the Junior Intro and Prelim classes. New faces to this league were pony riders Amelia Wheeler and Anna White. Amelia and her handsome black Shetland ‘Beltoy Kizzara’ rode a great test to win the Mini Intro class,while Anna and ‘Creevelea Lady Sally’ took second in the Junior Intro. Amy Weir and ‘Duffys Luck’ took home second place in the Junior Prelim class.
Winners on the day in the Senior Intro class were Patricia Martin and ‘Bella’. Sheila Robinson and ‘Bonnie’ came second, but won a gorgeous show rug for winning the most points throughout the league.
As the day progressed, anticipation grew as the two Senior Prelim classes were the most competitive ones to be in. Only a couple of marks separated the top contenders, so it was all to play for. The first partnership to take home a red rosette was Beth Curran and ‘ALS Russian Return’. Taking the runner-up slot was Jill Banford and ‘Slemish Cavalier Two Step’. Georgie Young and ‘Shelley’ were third. Winners on the day were Jill Banford, Beth was second and Gail McIlwaine with ‘Lexie’ were third.
In the second of the Senior Prelim classes, the stylish combination of Laura McVeigh and her stunning Connemara ‘Hilltop Foggey’ claimed victory, just ahead of Nanette Glover and ‘Pinecroft Alibi’. Georgie Young and ‘Shelley’ took home another third place in the league, though they won this class on day. Second went to Nanette and third to Laura.
Junior rider Louise Williams riding ‘Charm’ obtained a 79.11% from the judge, giving her the highest score of the day and a win in Novice class. Seasoned campaigners Cheryl Lawther and Sharon McGimpsey battled it out in the Elementary class. Cheryl rode ‘Pixie’ to overall victory, while Sharon and ‘Knockaraha Gypsy’ had to settle for second place.
Michael Boyd made his long journey worthwhile with a first and a third in the Open class with ‘Ballyalt Comet’ and ‘Maximum Jay’. Lynne Tennis and ‘Dowdstown Dancer’ came away with a third on the day, but were the winners of the league in this class. Full brother, ‘Dowdstown Pride’ won the Young Horse class with Lynne, just ahead of Megan Hamill and ‘Chesterfield Rock Power’. Becky Burton and ‘Lily’ were third. Megan went on to win the league prize in this class.
Massive thanks to Clearbox Communications for their generous sponsorship throughout this league and to the judges on the day – Lynne Tennis, Lucy Adams, Sharon McGimpsey and Fran Warden. Check the website for forthcoming events at Gransha.