SATURDAY, February 12 was the second Arena Eventing competition held at Ardnacashel Equestrian this year. This competition incorporated a qualifier for the Pony Club’s Regional Barrier Health Spring Health Festival Championship to be held in Scotland.
Members of a number of Pony Clubs, both local and further afield, were represented all hoping to secure their place to go to Scotland later this year.
Competitors rode over a course of a combination of 16 show jumps and portable cross-country fences against an optimum time and each other! The technical track presented some challenges to riders, which started in the 70cm, where there was only one clear round, with the partnership of Jennifer Tate on ‘The Red Fox’, who was competing for Iveagh Pony Club, gaining her qualification for Scotland. Following Jennifer into second place with four faults was Toby Collins on ‘Hannabanana’ for North Down Pony Club.
The next class, 80cm, produced more clear rounds and the competition was definitely hotting up. In a large class, first place was taken by Grace Morton on ‘Peggy’, who also qualified for East Antrim Pony Club. She was closely followed by Charlotte Nelson on ‘Reggie’ for East Down Pony Club.
In the 90cm class, again a very large class, Eve Fitzsimmons representing Iveagh Pony Club riding ‘Emile Ford’ took the red rosette, with Katie Forbes riding ‘Harry’ for East Down Pony Club in second.
The final class of the day was the 1m class and again showed strong competition, but ultimately Max McDonnell on ‘Knocklucas Chloe’ for East Down Pony Club took first place, ahead of Kim Constable on ‘Big Cat’.
Many thanks go to East Down Pony Club for their support and assistance in running this event. It was absolutely invaluable.
Saturday, February 12
70cm: 1) Jennifer Tate, The Red Foxm Iveagh Pony Club; 2) Toby Collins, Hannabanana, North Down Pony Club; 3) Sophie Madeley, Missy; 4) Lexi Robinson, The Rock, Iveagh Pony Club; 5) Charlotte Nelson, Reggie, East Down Pony Club.
80cm: 1) Grace Morton, Peggy, East Antrim Pony Club; 2) Charlotte Nelson, Reggie, East Down Pony Club; 3) Ellen MacNabb, Little Blackbird, East Down Pony Club; 4) Molly Goodwin, Toons Bridge Rascal, East Down Pony Club; 5) Ellen MacNabb, Bonecastle Lass, East Down Pony Club; 6) Charlotte Glenn, Lily, East Down Pony Club.
90cm: 1) Eve Fitzsimmons, Emile Ford, Iveagh Pony Club; 2) Katie Forbes, Harry, East Down Pony Club; 3) Kim Constable, Peter; 4) Gayle Connery, Bailey; 5) Ellen MacNabb, Bonecastle Lass, East Down Pony Club; 6) Cara MacNabb, Killone Leo, East Down Pony Club.
1m: 1) Max McDonnell, Knocklucas Chloe, East Down Pony Club; 2) Kim Constable, Big Cat; 3) Emma Jackson, Joey; 4) Eve Fitzsimmons, Emile Ford, Iveagh Pony Club; 5) Rory Kinnear, Alfie, East Down Pony Club; 6) Andrew Greer, Sharp Object.
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