THE Greenacres Gala Weekend took place on September 1 and 2 at Greenacres Equestrian Centre, Convoy, Co. Donegal. There was a two-day programme with Evening Performances on both evenings. Saturday’s first championship was the Working Hunter Pony, in which Eva McClurg’s ‘Greenfield Valentine’ took Champion with Julia Mulligan’s ‘Sweetwall Tamarind’ got the reserve. The Top Notch Hunter Pony Championship was awarded to Rhianna Mulligan riding ‘Rhyufelin Stickler’ and Megan Lafferty slotting in Reserve aboard ‘Rosegate Valentine’. The Super Trooper Show Pony Championship was picked up by Megan Lafferty and ‘Acraglas By Royal Appointment’, with Reserve going to Lisa Hannaway’s ‘Lowergreen Ruby Tuesday’.
Bangor exhibitors dominated the ring in the Horse In Hand Championship, with Katie Allen and ‘Jessie James’ claiming Champion and Beth Curran with ‘ALS Russian Return’ taking the Reserve rosette. The Family Pony Championship was awarded to Julia Mulligan riding ‘Sweetwall Tamarind’, with Reserves going to Rhiann Anderson and Casey Lee Millar. In the Breeding Pony Championship, Amanda Torrens’ ‘Leave It To You’ headed the line up and Louise McLaughlin handling Robert Nelson’s ‘Acraglas By Royal Appointment’ took the Reserve spot.
Sunday’s Evening Performance didn’t disappoint, with the Judges making lovely comments on the high standard of turnout of the exhibitors. First into the arena was the Racehorse to Riding Horse Championship, where Kelsey Graham took top honours aboard ‘Prince De Beauchene’ and Greenacres regular Libby Mooney and ‘Jasper’ getting a very close Reserve.
The Pendley Foxtrot Home Produced Championship went to Rhianna Mulligan riding ‘Rhyufelin Stickler’ and Casey Lee Millar and ‘Linksbury Goldilocks’ being awarded the Reserve. Conor O’Hare riding ‘Ballylimb Bob’ took the Working Hunter Horse and Reserve went to Eva McClurg’s ‘Greenfield Valentine’.
Stephen Pedlow topped the Breeds Champion with ‘Bracken Bank Jack’ and Reserve was awarded to Lee Millar with ‘Lingarwood Henry’. Suzanne Glenn riding Side Saddle on ‘Ballylimb Bob’ topped the Ridden Horses, with Eva McClurg getting the Reserve. Eva went on to take the Ridden Pony aboard Amanda Torrens’ ‘Leave It To You’, with stable mate ‘Acraglas By Royal Appointment’ being pulled in Reserve. The Riders’ Championship went to Eva McClurg and Reserve to Megan Lafferty.
In the James Torrens Memorial Supreme of Show, the Judges found their Supreme in Stephen Pedlow’s Fell Pony ‘Bracken Bank Jack’, Conor O’Hare was awarded the Reserve Supreme with ‘Ballylimb Bob’ and Eva McClurg’s ‘Greenfield Valentino’ took the Second Reserve rosette.
Greenacres would like to extend a huge thank you to all who supported the Gala Weekend. Judges, competitors, sponsors, stewart’s,course builders and all who helped setting up.
Greenacres Gala Weekend
Saturday, September 1
Green Working Hunter Pony: 1) M Lafferty, Greenacres Daisy Chain; 2) A McLaughlin, Charlie.
NIF Cradle Stakes WHP: 1) J Mulligan, Sweetwall Tamarind; 2) R Mulligan, Rhyufelin Stickler; 3) E Gardiner, Cheyenne River Sioux.
NIF M & M not exceeding 122cm WHP: 1) R Mulligan, Rhyufelin Stickler; 2) Courtney Deasley, Callancor Cococious.
NIF Starter Stakes WHP: 1) R Mulligan, Devon Hayes Marble; 2) K Boyce, Oreo Cookie Monster; 3) M Lafferty, Knockagar Replan.
NIF M & M exceeding 143cm WHP: 1) S McGlinchey, Gortahork Fran.
158cm WHP: 1) E McClurg, Greenfield Valentino.
Top Notch Lead Rein/ First Ridden: 1) R Mulligan, Rhyufelin Stickler; 2) E Millar, Linksbury Goldilocks; 3) A McKay, Greigiau Spring Celebration; 4) L Hannaway, Lowergreen Ruby Tuesday.
Top Notch Novice Ridden Show Pony: 1) E McClurg, Randlestown Full Irish; 2) K Reynolds, Holyoaks Star; 3) K Boyce, Oreo Cookie Monster.
Top Notch 123/ 133cm SHP: 1) R Mulligan, Rhyufelin Stickler; 2) M Lafferty, Rosegate Calimero.
Top Notch 143/ 153cm SHP: 1) M Lafferty, Rosegate Valentine; 2) Z McGirr, Brookvale Court Jester; 3) K Boyce, Oreo Cookie Monster.
Super Trooper Show Pony Lead Rein/ First Ridden: 1) L Hannaway, Amesbury Bumble Bee; 2) R Anderson, Fofsway Delightful.
Super Trooper Novice Ridden Show Pony: 1) K Reynolds Grenham, Holyoaks Star; 2) L Mooney, Dark Secret of Greenacres.
Super Trooper 128/ 138cm Ridden Show Pony: 1) A Dugan, Chiddock Unlimited.
Super Trooper 148/ 158cm: 1) M Lafferty, Acraglas By Royal Appointment; 2) K Allen, Greenacres Jessie James; 3) Z McGirr, Brookvale Court Jester.
RID to be shown In Hand: 1) L A Downey, School Cottage Mountgrove.
Coloured Horse In Hand: 1) B Curran, ALS Russian Return.
Thoroughbred In Hand: 1) K Graham, Prince De Beauchere; 2) L Mooney, Jasper; 3) S Deeney Wylie, Templemoyle Jack.
Show Type Horse In Hand: 1) K Allen, Greenacres Jessie James; 2) S Deeney Wylie, Templemore Jack.
Hunter Type Horse In Hand: 1) L A Downey, School Cottage Mountgrove; 2) Libby Mooney, Jasper.
Riding Class for style and appearance: 1) L Mooney, Jasper; 2) L A Downey, School Cottage Mountgrove.
Riding Club Type Horse: 1) S Deeney Wylie, Templemoyle Jack; 2) L A Downey, School Cottage Mountgrove.
Family Pony Lead Rein/ First Ridden: 1) E Millar, Linksbury Goldilocks; 2) A McKay, Dinky; 3) J Mulligan, Sweetwall Tamarind; 4) A O’Dwyer, Lisnagar Jimmy.
Young Handlers: 1) R Anderson; 2) A Dugan; 3) M Lafferty; 4) K Boyce; 5) J Mulligan.
Ridden Coloured: 1) J Mulligan, Sweetwall Tamarind.
Ridden Family Pony: 1) L Mooney, Charlie; 2) J Mulligan, Sweetwall Tamarind; 3) Emily Gardiner, Cheyenne River Sioux.
Show Pony four years old and over: 1) R Nelson, Acraglas By Royal Appointment; 2) G Torrens, Dark Secret of Greenacres.
Hunter Pony four years old and over: 1) A Torrens, Leave It To You; 2) G Torrens, Rosegate Valentine.
Working Hunter Pony Championship
Champion: Greenfield Valentino; Reserve: Sweetwall Tamarind.
Top Notch Hunter Pony Championship
Champion: Rhyufelin Stickler; Reserve: Rosegate Valentine.
Super Trooper Show Pony Championship
Champion: Acraglas By Royal Appointment; Reserve: Amesbury Bumble Bee.
In Hand Horse Championship
Champion: Greenacres Jessie James; Reserve: ALS Russian Return.
Family Pony Championship
Champion: Sweetwall Tamarind; Reserves: Fofsway Delightful/ Linksbury Goldilocks.
Champion: Leave it to You; Reserve: Acraglas By Royal Appointment.