IT was lovely to see so many new faces competing at Gransha Equestrian Centre, Bangor last weekend, as well as the regular combinations that support the annual dressage league. The third and final qualifier of the Equine Awards NI dressage league took place on Saturday, November 13. This was the last opportunity for riders to gain qualifying points, which all go towards their final scores on December 12, when the league comes to an exciting climax!
The winning combinations from each class will be awarded a beautiful Le Mieux cooler rug and rosette, courtesy of Equine Awards NI. As an added bonus, the generous sponsors are also awarding a total of £350 to the top three most festive juniors and seniors. So riders who have not qualified for the final can also compete and be in with a chance of winning some cash just in time for Christmas!
There is always a great atmosphere at this Christmas event and families make a special effort to come out and support their loved ones. The festive music, mulled wine and minced pies always go down a treat too.
Gransha were very fortunate to have Dara McCracken Photography on site taking some beautiful photos. Dara will be with them again on December 12 to capture those precious memories, making the perfect Christmas gift or stocking filler. As always, a special thank you has to go to judges Lucinda Webb Graham and Stephen Murphy, scribes Jenny Bell and Patrick Osborough and scorer Elaine McCoo.
Don’t forget the annual ride and drive takes place at Gransha on Tuesday, December 14 too, to really get everyone in the festive spirit!
Saturday, November 13
Mini intro (unassisted): 1) Erin Gordon, Maypole Stargate; 2) Grace Jackson, Trigger; 3) Megan Deery, Patch.
Mini Intro (assisted): 1) Isaac Gordon, Lowland Toy Soldier; 2) Ollie Gordon, Maypole Stargate.
Junior Intro: 1) Scarlett Dodd, Omars Day.
Senior Intro: 1) Karol Nagy, Leigh; 2) Melissa Saulters, Sally; 3) Nicole Lawther, Lyra; 4) Rosemary McCullough, Burnished Denman; 5) Laura McMaw, Dunross Ocean Mist and Sheila Barclay, Amy; 7) Alix Hamilton, Des.
Junior Newcomers: 1) Lucy Frew, Monty; 2) Anne Pawlak, Harvey.
Junior Prelim: 1) Charlotte McCullough, Burnished Denman; 2) Anne Pawlak, Harvey.
Senior Newcomers: 1) Alex Ryan, Dunny; 2) Deborah Donnell, Lusmagh Echo; 3) Alex Ryan, Fletcher; 4) Daline Hamilton, Henry; 5) Jasmin Beattie, Just Winston; 6) Ali Robinson, Dee Jay; 7) Jude Murphy, Cornaughy Supreme.
Senior Prelim DI P6: 1) Georgie Young, Pinecroft Glacier; 2) Louise McMinn, Lisbane Wizard; 3) Pauline Blair, Bracken; 4) Angela Fynn, Knock James Jack; 5) Suzi McClean, Butter; 6) Sandra Murray, Alfie; 7) Karen Jeffrey, Junior; 8) Sophie Donnell, Lusmagh Echo.
Senior Prelim DI P18: 1) Georgie Young, Pinecroft Glacier; 2) Andrew Ross, Military Road; 3) Pauline Blair, Bracken.
Senior Novice DI N26: 1) Debbie McAlister, Monty; 2) Judith Bankhead, Polly.
Senior Novice DI N24: 1) Samantha Edgar, Ballinderry KJ; 2) Patricia Martin, Bella.
Elementary: 1) Rachael Connell, Ringfort Caruso; 2) Samantha Edgar, Ballinderry KJ; 3) Sharon McGimpsey, Chilli.
Young Horse: 1) Shenade Duggan, Henry; 2) Zara Wood, Evaline; 3) Angela Penman, Lys Etoile.
Sidesaddle: 1) Suzi McClean, Simba; 2) Sharon McGimpsey, Chilli.
Racehorse to Dressage Horse: 1) Andrew Ross, Military Road.