Flexi Eventing sees further increase in numbers

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CROSS-COUNTRY: Zara Smyth riding ‘Killucan Boy’ in the 90cm cross-country class at the Flexi Eventing. (FW04-517NN)

ALTHOUGH there was a frosty start on Saturday morning, the sun shone brightly for the second leg of the Baileys Horse Feeds Flexi Eventing, where numbers had increased yet again in all three disciplines.

The Meadows Equestrian Centre staff began their day at 5.30am harrowing the arenas to ensure that conditions were perfect for the 9am start. This series of Flexi Eventing is a great educational opportunity for horses and riders at the beginning of the season. The dressage arenas are very well decorated with floral arrangements, while the show jumping and cross-country courses have a great range of fences, affording plenty of learning for all levels.

ON FORM: Nicola Martin and ‘Butter’, winners of the Pre Novice B Dressage class at the Flexi Eventing. (FW04-516NN)

Fran Warden reserved her top marks of 76.8 % in Intro ‘A’ for Shane McKeever riding his 15-year-old ‘Master Imp’ gelding, ‘KHS Impact’. This combination are no strangers to podium finishes and, in fact had to settle for third place the previous week, as his wife Sharon took the top spot. The runner up this week was Nicky Nesbitt with her nine-year-old ‘Crosstown Dancer’ mare, ‘Carrickview Saratoga’. Ardnacashel proprietor, Janice Reddy picked up third and sixth placings with ‘Izzy’ and ‘Cracker’.

Meantime, the Intro ‘B’ class, judged by Martina McKinley, saw an exciting new combination of Caitie Slater and ‘Tango’ taking top honours. This is remarkable given that this mare has just started her retraining programme, having had her last race just seven weeks ago, so it is an exciting partnership for the eventing season. Margaret Creighton gave a very good account of herself with ‘La-Di-Da’, her seven-year-old ‘Clover Echo’ mare, taking second in both Intro ‘B’ and Pre Novice ‘B’.

Dressage Ireland Judge, Will McAuley, had the heaviest workload this week, where he judged both sections of a heavily subscribed Pre Novice class. Leading the way in the ‘A’ section was Jenny Nixon with ‘Harley’, her eight-year-old gelding by ‘Cruise On Harley’. Last week’s winner, Nichola Wray and ‘Lady Grey’, slotted into second place just two points adrift. The seven-year-old gelding, ‘Butter’, took the judge’s eye in the ‘B’ section, under the guidance of Nicola Martin, who had steered the gelding to a top six placing on six out of seven runs under Eventing Ireland rules last year.

Denis Currie and ‘Arodstown Aramis’ moved up one place from last week’s performance to take the win in the Novice class under the critical eye of Angeline Nicholson, who awarded them 74.5%, over six points clear of Ellen McDonald and ‘Dante Alighieri’.

Alex Houston’s trip from the North Coast was beneficial, as she took top honours in the Intermediate section with ‘Skyfall Echo’, her very accomplished ‘Clover Echo’ mare. Hannah Blakely and ‘Clerkson’ claimed the runner up position.

The last dressage test was ridden at 15.30 and show jumping and cross-country continued until after 16.00.

Huge thanks to the large band of helpers, who stay on duty for long hours to make this event run smoothly.

This series of Baileys Horse Feeds Flexi Eventing runs each Saturday until March 7 and is open to everyone. Full details are on the Meadows Equestrian Centre and Eventing Ireland websites.

Dressage entries should be submitted to Dora on 07876 758979 or dorabeacom@live.co.uk by 5pm on the Wednesday of each week.


Saturday, January 18


Arena 1 – Intro ‘A’, Judge: Fran Warden: 1) Shane McKeever, KHS Impact; 2) Nicky Nesbitt, Carrickview Saratoga; 3) Janice Reddy, Izzy; 4) Anna Beattie, Phoenix; 5) Anne MacOscar, Russell; 6) Janice Reddy, Cracker.

Arena 1 – Intro ‘B’, Judge: Martina McKinley: 1) Caitie Slater, Tango; 2) Margaret Creighton, La-Di-Da; 3) Amy Steele, Big Adventure; =4) Jon Champion, Orbi; Anya Teuton, Lisrua Star; 6) Sharon McKeever, Cosmic Rollo.

Arena 2 – Pre Novice ‘A’, Judge: Will McAuley: 1) Jenny Nixon, Harley; 2) Nichola Wray, Lady Grey; 3) Heather Hillen, Flynn; 4) Ben Stevenson, Tiny; 5) Ellen McDonald, Tooreen Boy; 6) Jane Allen-Collins, Lougherne Inspired.

Arena 2 – Pre Novice ‘B’, Judge: Will McAuley: 1) Nicola Martin, Butter; 2) Margaret Creighton, La-Di-Da; 3) Lois Thompson, Watson; 4) Laura McKillan, Jude; 5) Hollie Donnan, Killoughter Nugget; 6) Hannah Blakely, Silver Button.

Arena 3 – Novice, Judge: Angeline Nicholson: 1) Denis Currie, Arodstown Aramis; 2) Ellen McDonald, Dante Alighieri; =3) Olivia Johns, Lagan’s Peter; Lynne Tennis, Dowdstown Dancer; Lois Thompsdon, KC; 6) Charlotte Keers, Western Ocala.

Arena 3 – Intermediate, Judge: Angeline Nicholson: 1) Alex Houston, Echo; 2) Hannah Blakely, Clerkson; 3) Denis Currie, Arodstown Aramis; 4) Hannah Blakely, Lougherne Quintessential.

Show jumping (double clears)

70cm: Grace Harney, Polo; Amy Robinson, Marty; Ross Graham, Zuloo; Lynn Tennis, Dowdstown Dancer; Toby Fynn, Dex.

80cm: Megan Mullan, Donnie; Grace Kehoe, Daisy; Sasha Woods, Phoenix; Heather Hillen, Flynn; Kathryn Henderson, Betty; Evan Hobson, Promise Me; Emma Jackson, Polo; Rebecca Fletcher, Barnabus; Kaitie McCann, Ronaldo; Molly O’Connor, Rossfab Runaway; Cathryn Harrison, Silver; Caroline Crossan, Ronnie; Abby Brown, Holiday Little Buzz; Sylvia Henry, Ben; Niamh Allen-Collins, ; Cathryn O’Hanlon, Thomas; Orla Cussack, Magic Diamond; Marina Stewart, Troy.

90cm: Emma Jackson, Harvey; Kirsty Bates, CHE Banoffee French; Chloe Lister-Tinsley, Drakes Island; Lucy Arthur, Bel Cavallo; Caitie Slater, Tango; Jon Champion, Orbie; Denise Kelly, Lily; Simone Leathem, Jedward; Bernadette Curry, Teo’s Chance; Sophie Cowan, Temple Quick Step; Sarah Morrow, Silver Boy; Nicola Martin, Butter; Megan Carson, Fair & Square; Lara McRobb, Cheska; Ava Stubbs, Stormbrook Tosca; Amy Steele, Big Adventure.

1m: Charlotte Marshall, Belle; Stephen Martin, Butterscotch Major; Justine Lyons, Turbo; Garvin Duffy, Pinecroft Excaliber; Charlotte Keers, Western Ocala; Emma Jackson, Olaf; Nicole Lawther, DJ; Craig Hills, Lougherne Quickstep; Christina Turley, Ann’s Bob; Jessica Nelson, Young Taipan; Jackson Laing, Oakwood Tango; Maurice Bingham, Swatchy; Emma Leathem, Drumcill; Felicity Johnston, Milly; Rachel Rooney, Ardnacashel Autumn; Nicky Nesbitt, Ringfort India; Hannah Morrow, My Good Thyne Girl; Nikki Cullen, Danske Coevers Lass; Helen Cunningham, Gabby; Nikki Cullen, Tango Lad.

1.10m: David O’Connor, Queenie; Emma Jackson, Amy; Gemma Chambers, Blueoak Harry; Emily Corbett, Prada; Matthew Johnston, Jupiter; Connor Savage, Kermit; Nicky Corr, Milo.

1.20m: No double clears.

Cross-Country (clear rounds)

80cm: Conor Savage, Kilmore Diamond Lass; Oliver Kinnear, Harvey; Alex Greer, Phoenix Spark; Heather Hillen, Flynn; Kathryn Henderson, Wendy; Molly O’Connor, Rushfife Runaway; Arlene Greenaway, Warrior Bob; Anya Nixon, Badger; Clare Abbott, Arthur; Grace Kehoe, Daisy; Lucy Donnan, Pippin; Lauren McGlennon, Mossy; Kristen Kleinman, Tirrella Diamond; Amy Roberts, Horse; Amy Steele, Big Adventure; Lynsey Barnett, Heidi.

90cm: Bernadette Curry, Teo’s Chance; Rhonda Hall, Pyper; Sharon Riddell, Stella; Ben Cousins, Broughshane Boy; Maurice Bingham, Swatchie; Sophie Morrow, Silver Boy; Anya Teuton, Lisrua Star; Eithne O’Hanlon, Sam; Nikki Corr, Milo; Jordana Busby, Misty; Alex Turley, Ann’s Bob; Janie Cairns, Ellie; Nicole McClements, TJ; Ward Clarke, Horse; Nicky Nesbitt, Carrickview Saratoga; Laura Grieves, Harry; Bethany Smith, Dun Surprise; Andrew Napier, Harley; Erin Mathieson, Freddy; Rosie Heron, Frolly; Nicky Corr, Armpit; Kirsty Bates, Banoffee; Nicky Corr, Beni; Simone Leathem, Jedward.

INTRO: Shane McKeever and ‘KHS Impact’, won the Intro A Dressage class at the Flexi Eventing. (FW04-515NN) PICTURES

1m: Kat Butler-Ward, The Spin Doctor; Stephen Martin, Butterscotch Major; Chloe Harrison, Paradise Cavalier; Janie Cairns, Charlie; Nichola Wray, Lady Grey; Claire Liddle, Molly; Nikki Cullen, Danske Coevers Lass; Nikki Cullen, Tango Lad; Ellie Parkhill, Mac; Terry Smith, Frankie; Ralph Robinson, Powder Day; Ava Stubbs, Stoney; Yvonne Whiteside, Bambi; Janie Cairns, Ava; Nicky Corr, Tom; Grace Keogh, Fifty Shades of Grey.


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