ON Sunday, December 5, Ardnacashel Equestrian, Comber hosted their Fancy Dress Dressage day. It was a beautiful sunny winter’s morning when the competitors, donning tinsel, Santa hats and even the odd beard, arrived to take part! All under the expert eye of judge, David Wightman, who also had to decide which one entry per class was winning some Christmas chocolate for best dressed!
The Assisted Intro class was first on the agenda and Ardnacashel regulars, sisters Rebecca Cowan and Elissa Cowan, beautifully turned out as always, took first and second respectively with ‘Beltoy Panteal’ and ‘Ruby Tuesday’.
Intro Junior was won by Caitlin Wells in her first test on her pony ‘Mika’, with a super score of 69.78%. Intro Senior was next and was won by Joan Fox on ‘Guinness’, with an extremely impressive 80.21%, with Jane Bruce taking Best Turned Out.
Faye Gabbey won the Prelim class with a score of 76.73% on the stunning ‘Spud’, also taking Best Turned Out, with Jackie Flynn on ‘Meikle Dumbledore’ coming second.
In the Four and Five-year-old class, Shenade Duggan took the honours with ‘Henry’, producing an enviable score of 81.81%, closely followed by Karina McVeigh on ‘Coco’ with 81.22%, who claimed the Best Turned Out prize.
The final class of the day was Novice, which was won by Caitlin Brown on ‘Monkey Business’ with 80.19%. Kim Constable took second place and the prize for Best Turned Out with ‘Urneypark Big Cat’.
Organisers would like to say thank you to all the competitors, who put in such a huge effort with their Christmas outfits – it was lovely to see everyone.
Please keep an eye on the Ardnacashel website for dates of all shows in 2022!
Sunday, December 5
Fancy Dress Dressage day
Assisted Intro: 1) Rebecca Cowan, Beltoy Panteal; 2) Elissa Cowan, Ruby Tuesday; 3) Emily Melvin, Beauty.
Intro Junior: 1) Caitlin Wells, Mika; 2) Maya Constable, Peter the Great.
Intro Senior: 1) Joan Fox, Guinness; 2) Jane Bruce, Mill Road Rio (Best Turned Out); 3) Jackie Flynn, Meikle Dumbledore; 4) Kerry Dickson, A Stolen Star.
Prelim Junior: 1) Molly McCloy, Knocklane Cruise.
Prelim Senior: 1) Faye Gabbey, Spud (Best Turned Out); 2) Jackie Flynn, Meikle Dumbledore.
Four & Five-Year-Olds: 1) Shenade Duggan, Henry; 2) Karina McVeigh, Coco (Best Turned Out); 3) Megan Hamill, The King’s Ransom.
Novice: 1) Caitlin Brown, Monkey Business; 2) Kim Constable, Urneypark Big Cat (Best Turned Out).
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