THE 23rd annual Half
Bred Horse Breeders Society (HBHBS) Thr-
Jumping Champion-ship was held at Connell Hill Equestrian Centre, Ran-dalstown on Wednesday, Dec-ember 5. Thanks go to the judge Ian Fearon, who was impressed by the standard of the competing three-year-olds.
The top three especially showed good technique and scope, attributes one would always like. The winner in particular, for such a big horse, was very light on foot, showing great scope, technique and care.
Ian stated that he has judged this competition a few times over the years and thinks it a great incentive for Northern breeders to bring their three-year-olds out for experience and seeing their potential. He also noted that it was great to see such good jumping bloodlines.
Thanks also to the judges of the qualifying rounds – Gabriel Tunney, Joanne Jarden and Gareth Clingan – all of whom generously gave their time. Also thanks to Tori O’Connor Photography for her excellent photographs, which can be viewed or purchased on her website.
Raymond Bready once again helped out with an excellent and informative commentary. For sponsoring this event, organisers would also like to thank Drumhowan Stud for the donation of rugs for the winning horses. Also Bluegrass, who donated vouchers and also a very large thank you to Padraig and Vincent Howley for the donation of a nomination for their stallion, ‘Sligo Candy Boy’. This was won by Mr David Finlay.
Finally, thanks to the committee members and volunteers, without whom the event could not run.
HBHBS Three-Year-Old Loose Jumping Championship: 1) Annette McCracken, Carrickview Aerendi by I’m Special De Muse, out of Carrickview Calypso by Sunny Boy; 2) Brian Hutchinson, SVS Zarocco by Zirocco Blue Vdl, out of SVS Zara by Je T’Aime Flamenco; 3) Megan McGrory, Bambi by Beach Ball, out of Coevers Diamond Girl by Coevers Diamond Boy; 4) Brian Hutchinson, SVS Attraction by Air Jordan Z, out of P Zermie by Palfreiner; 5) Charlie Smiley, Lough Mourne Cruise Control by Cornets Stern, out of Oldtown Sally K by Cruising; 6) Judith Sossick, Loughview Diamond Orla by Orestus, out of Loughview Diamond Lucy by Jack of Diamonds.