SUNDAY, February 23 saw the final of the Causeway Coast Arena unregistered show jumping league and what a finale it was! The support from competitors near and far was overwhelming, the sponsorship was fabulous and the grand finale was brilliant.
All horse classes were timed for the second phase and started with the 70cm class. Amy Brown on ‘Shaun’ was the only competitor that rode clear each week and ultimately took first place after her double clear in a time of 33.48. Erin Hermans on ‘Fernando Valley’ rode double clear in a time of 34.86 and gained second place, followed very closely by Aghadowey rider, Joanne Nevin on her horse ‘Red’, who jumped clear in a time of 38.91; fourth place was secured by Nick Moffett and ‘Harvey’ – Nick consistently supported the events each week.
Amy Brown and her horse ‘Shaun’ were in grand form and secured first place in the 80cm horse class and was again followed in second place by Erin Hermans on ‘Fernando Valley’; third place went to George Newton on ‘Simply Fred’; fourth place went to Alan Arthur on ‘Jack’; fifth place Kirsty McAuley and ‘Paddy’ and sixth place went to Joanne Nevin on ‘Red’.
The 90cm horse class was won by avid Causeway Coast Arena supporter, Geoffrey Ross Glass on his horse ‘Ollie’, riding a super double clear in 34.58; in second place was Eimear McMahon on ‘Sheddy’ going clear in 40.63 and third place went to Callum Brown on ‘George’.
The 1m horse class was well supported and culminated with the following results: first place went to John Higgins on ‘Mr Grey’; second place to Kevin Mackey with ‘Dancer’; in third place was Michael McCullough on ‘Cool Candy’; fourth was Kevin Mackey on ‘Havanna’; fifth was Geoffrey Ross Glass on ‘Ollie’ and sixth place went to John Higgins on ‘Thunder’.
Bringing the horse classes to an end, the 1.10m class resulted in John Higgins cleaning up by taking first place on ‘Rena’, second place on ‘Mr Grey’ and third place on ‘Balou’! Fourth place went to Kevin Mackey on ‘Border’.
The pony jumping started slightly late due to the number of horse entries and a massive thank you goes to everyone for their patience and support.
Lacey McLaughlin, who trains at Crindle Stables, Limavady, competed each week with her pony ‘Guiness’ and her hard work paid off as she took first place in the 50cm class. As well as winning a rug, feed, shavings and a goody bag, Lacey was delighted with her pony cake, sponsored by Sparkles Cakes Of Art (contactable via Facebook).
The 60cm pony class was won by Cai Monteith on ‘Rosie’, closely followed by Kenzie Watt on ‘Pippa’ in second place. Meanwhile, the 70cm class was won by Oisin Dillon on ‘Celtic Morgan’, followed by Rebecca Coulter on Susan Stokesberry’s pony ‘Little Ted’.
It was really good to see a lot of the young jockeys through all classes are members of the local Route Hunt Branch of Pony Club.
The competition continued to the 80cm pony class and Rebecca Coulter took first place on ‘Little Ted’. The 90cm and 1m classes were both won by Bethany Gordon on her new pony ‘RJ’ – Bethany’s grandad Derek very generously sponsored bags of horse feed from his firm, Feedall Pet Foods Ltd, Portglenone.
The organisers would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all sponsors, who made it possible to present such fantastic prizes. Sponsors included:
Steele Farm Supplies, Ballymoney; Meadowvale Equestrian Centre; Derek Gordon, Feedall Pet Foods Ltd; Richard Glass, sawdust and shavings; Ballycastle Rural Riding Community; Causeway Coast Arena; Sparkles Cakes Of Art (contactable via Facebook); Jane McFarlane, Coleraine; Pampered Pooches (see their Facebook page); Alpha 1 Dog Training & Pet Hotel; Mel Walker Tropic Skin Care; Jennifer Campbell.
All first place winners were presented with an embroidered rug, horse feed, shavings and a goody bag – it was encouraging for the organisers to be able to present the wide range of prizes generously sponsored; thank you again.
A special mention to course builder Willie Brown, who consistently set courses that encouraged along with challenged the riders and their mounts, all volunteers/ helpers; organisers couldn’t run these events without their support – thank you. Resident photographer David McDonald was in attendance each week, check out his Facebook page to view the images: dmcdonald pixequestrian.
It is always good to see the support and the organisers really hope everyone enjoyed the league. They would like to congratulate all competitors who took part; everyone showed real camaraderie and supported each other. Organisers look forward to seeing everyone soon at future events.
Cross-poles: 1) Cliodhna Dillon, Scout; =2) Lily May Duddy, Cammy; Lacey McLaughlin, Guiness; Caitlin McFadden, Starry; 3) Katy Harbinson, Mary.
50cm: 1)Lacey McLaughlin, Guiness; 2) Cai Monteith, Rosie; 3) Katy Harbinson, Mary; 4) Caitlin McFadden, Starry.
60cm: 1) Cai Monteith, Rosie; 2) Kenzie Watt, Pippa; 3) Lacey McLaughlin, Guiness.
70cm: 1) Oisin Dillon, Celtic Morgan; 2) Rebecca Coulter, Little Ted; 3) Rebecca Coulter, Jake.
80cm: 1) Rebecca Coulter, Little Ted; 2) Oisin Dillon, Celtic Morgan; 3) Rebecca Coulter, Jake.
90cm: 1) Bethany Gordon, RJ.
1m: 1) Bethany Gordon, RJ.