SATURDAY, September 18 saw a glorious day of autumn sunshine beam over the show jumping arena at Hagans Croft Equestrian. This made for a great start to the first class of the day, the cross-poles, regardless of whether these competitors got a clear round or not, everyone received a special rosette as a gift of encouragement.
Then it was on to the 50cm class, where competitors jumped the course of 12 fences, with fences nine to 12 now being timed. This is when the competition started to hot up – however, with only three double clears, Olivia Rodgers and ‘Motivator’ were delighted with their time of 31.56 seconds and took home the red ribbon.
The 60cm class saw a mere 0.24 of a second separate the top two double clears. However, it was red once again for the second consecutive week for Charlie Watson and ‘Socks’, storming home in a time of 24.85 seconds and first place. Katie Rutherford was delighted with ‘Dixie’s’ performance and the blue rosette simply made their day!
Una Megoran had a fantastic day’s jumping with her mare ‘Misty’. Not only did they win the 70cm class and the 80cm class, they also achieved the fastest time of the day with 21.50 seconds! This pair just love their jumping and it is very clear to see! This has set them up well for the final next week – well done.
Right from the off, the 90cm class saw poles fall to the ground at every turn and that illusive double clear seemed that it was never going to be achieved. However, when Abbey Stevenson and ‘Belle’ entered the arena, they knew they didn’t have to beat any speed records – they just had to achieve a steady round, keeping all poles intact and that they did in a time of 30.88 seconds. They held first place right through until the very last competitor entered the arena. Seamus Rodgers and ‘Kal’ also kept all the poles intact, but shaved a few seconds off Abbey’s time, finishing in a time of 25.94 seconds and taking home the red ribbon for the 90cm class. Abbey and ‘Belle’ slotted into second place, nevertheless delighted with their achievements.
Thank you to everyone who supported the fourth leg of this five-week league – Hagans Croft hopes to see everyone again next week. Thanks are extended to all the stewards, who make the event run so smoothly. The league continues until Saturday, September 25 – this event is pre-entry only, with entries closing each Thursday at 8pm prior to Saturday’s event. Times are posted online late on Thursday evening.
To qualify for the final in week five, each horse/ pony and rider combination must compete in three out of the five weeks and within the same show jumping class. Competitors must be present at the final to be eligible for league placings. Scoring is based on a points system and details of league scores can be found on Hagans Croft’s website or Facebook page. Rosettes are awarded to the first six placings each week and within the overall league placings. Everyone is welcome to compete at the final on September 25, with a separate prize giving held for those competing on the day and those competing within the league.
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Entries are taken via Hagans Croft’s website: www.haganscroftequestrian.co.uk or download the Hagans Croft App.
Saturday, September 18
Class 1 – Cross-Poles – Clear Rounds:
Sofia Taylor, Pepsi Coca Cola; Aoife Donnelly, Maxy boy.
Class 2 – 50cm:
1) Olivia Rodgers, Motivator; 2) Rachel Price, Sporty; 3) Eilis Donnelly, Pip; 4) Tabitha Cullen, So Cool; 5) Anna Poots, Henry.
Class 3 – 60cm:
1) Charlie Watson, Socks; 2) Katie Rutherford, Dixie; 3) Maisie Anderson, Izzy; 4) Alex Hemsley, Vinnie; 5) Una Megoran, Apple.
Class 4 – 70cm:
1) Una Megoran, Misty; 2) Alex Hemsley, Vinnie; 3) Maisie Anderson, Izzy; 4) Christine Cosgrove, CTP Kamakazee; 5) Zach Watson, Socks; 6) Aoife Mallet, Archie.
Class 5 – 80cm:
1) Una Megoran, Misty; 2) Ryan Williamson, Missy; 3) Jessica House, Tully’s Rebel; 4) Hannah Younger, Romeo; 5) Maisie Anderson, Izzy; 6) Christine Cosgrove, CTP Kamakazee.
Class 6 – 90cm:
1) Seamus Rodgers, Kal; 2) Abbey Stevenson, Belle; 3) Emma Brown, Elly Bouncer; 4) Ryan Williamson, Missy; 5) Jessica House, Tully’s Rebel; 6) Sophie Lynn, Ollie Bang.