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Future eventing talent on show at Ardnacashel

TUESDAY, August 10 saw the third leg of the Cryotherapy Ireland Young Event Horse Championship qualifier at Ardnacashel Equestrian in Comber.

Competitors firstly showed their horses’ abilities in the dressage arena, judged by Coreen Abernethy, who has recently upgraded and is now a List 5 Judge for Dressage Ireland. The combinations then proceeded to jump round a range of coloured show jumps and cross-country fences, where conformation and jumping were ably judged by Beverly Irwin and Marcus Buser.

The first class of the day was for four-year-olds. Winning this class with a dressage score of 51.5 and a jumping score of 126 was Victoria Clarke riding ‘Fun Time Frankie’. Victoria was also placed fourth on her other horse ‘Cooly’. Lesley Jones took second place in the class on the aptly named ‘Quality Choice’, who is by ‘OBOS Quality’.

The classes then moved to the Amateur class, a class where horses and riders who do not make their money from producing or riding horses performed over the same dressage test and jumping course. All horses in this class must be aged between five and eight. Ellen Douglas with ‘Downshire Rock’, a seven-year-old by ‘Ringfort Cruise’, out of a ‘Crosstown Dancer’ mare took the class with an impressive total score over the two disciplines of 197. She was closely followed by local rider Grainne Moore on her own ‘Shannaghmore Lothario’, an eight-year-old bay gelding by ‘Ricardo Z’.

The pony class was up next again over the same dressage and jumping. Emily McGowan showcased her two stunning Connemara’s in this class, with ‘Tullaree Fear Bui’, the eight-year-old by ‘Templebready Fear Bui’, storming into the lead on an extremely impressive total score of 203.5 which was, in fact, the highest score of the day. Emily also took second place in this class with her other pony ‘Oisin Or’.

Last up was the 85cm Five-year-old class. Again, the riders were challenged to show their horse’s ability to perform a flowing dressage test, followed by showing their talent over the fences. Lesley Jones won the class on Yvonne Pearson’s ‘Doublemax’, a five-year-old by ‘OBOS Quality’. Also performing exceptionally well in this class were Ian McCluggage on ‘Clementine’ and Janie Cairns on ‘Lady Ferro’.

Organisers would like to thank all competitors, owners, judges and the staff at Ardnacashel, who make this league possible. Also, a special thank you to the kind sponsor, Cyrotherapy Ireland, which is based in Donaghadee. Cryotherapy can be used very effectively to treat pain and inflammation, sports injuries and various medical conditions. Cryotherapy Ireland also offer lovely facials and BodySculpt FatFreeze treatments. Follow them on Facebook or Instagram for further information and booking.

The next date is the final leg of the league on Tuesday, September 7.


Tuesday, August 10

Class 1 – Four-Year-Old 80cm: 1) Victoria Clarke, Fun Time Frankie; 2) Lesley Jones, Quality Choice; 3) Kathryn Graham, So Dignified; 4) Victoria Clarke, Cooly.

Class 2 – Amateur Five- to Eight-Year-Old 80cm: 1) Ellen Douglas, Downshire Rock; 2) Grainne Moore, Shannaghmore Lothario; 3) Eva Lowry, NLS Connie B; 4) Nicola Jellie, Comance Craft; 5) Heather McMillan, Rock Carnival; 6) Suzi McClean, Butter Wouldn’t Melt.

Class 3 – Four- to Eight-Year-Old Pony 80cm: 1) Emily McGowan, Tullaree Fear Bui; 2) Emily McGowan, Oisin Or.

Class 4 – Five-Year-Old 85cm: 1) Lesley Jones, Doublemax; 2) Ian McCluggage, Clementine; 3) Janie Cairns, Lady Ferro; 4) Ellen Douglas, Rock Phoenix.

Bree Rutledge

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