SATURDAY, August 31 saw the Combined Training and Dressage League come to an exciting climax at Gransha Equestrian Centre, Bangor. With real quality horses and superb riding on show, the judges had their work cut out. This week also saw the greatest number of junior riders taking on the BD Prelim 12 test and 50cm show jumps.
It has been an absolute pleasure working with the sponsors Caroline Grimshaw Photography and All Things Beauty by Rachel Rogan. Finalists were awarded gorgeous purple rosettes and gift vouchers.
Toby Collins and ‘Loup Lilly’ were victorious in the Mini Intro class, winning the class and the league. Amber Thompson riding ‘Penny’ came second, while Max O’Neil and ‘Blossom’ landed third position.
Charlotte McCullough and ‘Denny’ took first place in the Junior Intro section, meanwhile Rosemary McCullough took the honours in the Senior Intro section. Sally Mullan was the victor in the Combined Training Intro class.
Darcey Greer and her lovely pony ‘Duke’ continued to show their consistency, as they stormed to victory in the Junior Prelim Combined Training class. They won both the league and the class. Next in line was Charlotte Glenn riding ‘DJ’. ‘Ruby’ and Charlotte McAllister took third place on the day and picked up a very respectable second place in the league.
In the Senior ranks, Victoria Truesdale and her stunning dun horse ‘Goariva Touch Stone’ took the honours in the dressage only section, ahead of Veronica Ham and ‘Ollie’, who were second, while Sandra Murray and ‘Alfie’ were third.
In the 70cm class, Suzanne Glenn and ‘Bob’ claimed the top spot, while Claire Williams and ‘Kali’ took second, but were the winners of the league. Leonard Thompson and ‘Ferrari’ were third on the day.
In the Junior Prelim 8 class, Charlie Clarke had a win with ‘Super Ted’, while Cali-Rose Cathcart and ‘Velvet Clandina’ were second. In the Senior section, it was a win for Jill Banford and ‘Slemish Cavalier Two-Step’. Second position went to Karen Jeffrey and ‘Junior’. This meant that both ladies tied for first place in the league.
Jessica Mulgrew and ‘Knockagarron Emperor’ recorded a win in the Junior Novice class. They also came first in the league.
Sam Edgar and her faithful partner ‘Ballinderry KJ’ notched up another win in the Senior Novice 37 class; they also won the league. Kacey Pollock and ‘Oscar’ took second spot.
In the Elementary class, it was a win for Shenade Duggan and ‘Harry’. Shirley Anderson and ‘Impersonator’ won the Young Horse league, while Heather McMillan and ‘Rock Carnival’ won the Combined Training section. Suzanne Glenn and ‘Bob’ finished the day off nicely with a win in the Side-saddle class.
Huge thanks to the judges on the day, Elaine Morrow and Coreen Abernethy. Thanks to Ruth Hendry from the Vintage Bakery for her delicious baking. Keep an eye on the Gransha website for their autumn comepetition schedule.