IT was a busy day for Causeway Coast Arena at the inter-schools’ show jumping on Sunday. William Brown built a challenging course for the riders and, with seven teams entered for the Open Teams Balmoral Qualifier, it was set to be an exciting and competitive day!
To start the day, six riders jumped clear rounds in the cross-poles class, with Katie Surgeoner having clear rounds on both her ponies ‘Rocky’ and ‘Tommy’. Megan Rouke jumped a lovely clear in the cross-poles class and went on to pick up a red ribbon in the 30/40cm class. Joining her, were Abigail McNamara with ‘Barbie’ and Sophie Lawlor with ‘Blue’.
The 50cm Primary Schools’ Individual class saw Katie Surgeoner with her pony ‘Tommy’ again in the ribbons, this time representing her school Drumrane PS. Joining Katie in the winning line up were Aoibhinn Kelly with ‘Cindy’ representing St. Malachy’s PS and Lacey McLaughlin with ‘Pebbles’ jumping for Termoncanice PS.
St. Mary’s College, Derry were well represented in the 75cm Schools’ Individual class and it was Zoie Dobbins with ‘Derryvane Truffles’ who took first place and Kayla O’Donnell with ‘Shara’ in second place. Local rider, Kenzie Watt representing Loreto College, Coleraine took third place with her pony ‘Reme’.
Loreto College students shone in the 85cm Schools’ Individual class and, this time, Gracie Thompson-Logan on ‘Sir Rosco’ took the top placing, with Kenzie Watt on ‘Reme’ into second place. Eimear O’Neill with ‘Starlet’ took third place, representing Holy Cross, Strabane.
However, it was St. Mary’s College who again rose to the top by taking the win in the Novice Schools’ Team 85cm class! Foyle College took second place and it was a close third for Holy Cross. The 1m Schools’ Individual class was won by Peter Morton on ‘Tynan Bobo Bear’, representing Royal School, Armagh and in second place was Katie Campbell on ‘Cloneyogan Master’ jumping for Magherafelt High School.
It was a competitive Open Teams class, especially being the last qualifier for the Balmoral championships. It was Omagh Academy who took the win, with Lori Smith on ‘Archie’; Zoe Keys on ‘Ruby’; Kate Millar on ‘Clonee Red River’ and Amy McLaughlin on ‘Rhonda’. Rockport were a close second, with Royal School Armagh in third. Omagh Academy were also deemed the worthy winners of the tack and turnout prize!
The final class of the day was the Schools’ Premiere 1.10m and this time it was Royal School Armagh who were well represented in the winning line-up, with Lucy Morton on ‘Majeika’ taking the win. Lola Rankin, jumping for Foyle College, took second place with ‘Dutch’ and in third place was Victoria Lee on ‘White Lily’, also jumping for Royal School, Armagh.
RDA Causeway Coast and Glens would like to extend their gratitude to all who supported the show and to all who helped prior to and on the day. All proceeds of the show go to the Riding for the Disabled Association Causeway Coast and Glens. The next show will be a Working Hunter show on April 10, followed by SJI horse and pony show jumping on Monday, April 18 and Causeway Coast Arena’s leg of the SJI Spring Pony Tour on Sunday, April 24. All information can be found on www.causeway coastarena.co.uk or on social media.
Sunday, April 3
Cross-Poles – clear rounds: Katie Surgeoner, Rocky; Megan Rouke, Sparky; Miley Rouke, Cinnamon; Katie Surgeoner, Tommy; Maddison O’Kane, Socks; Abigail McNamara, Barbie.
30/40cm – clear rounds: Megan Rouke, Sparky; Abigail McNamara, Barbie; Sophie Lawlor, Blue.
50cm warm-up class – double clears: Rihanna Wylie, Sam.
50cm Primary Schools’ Individual – double clears: Lacey McLaughlin, Pebbles, Termoncanice PS; Aoibhinn Kelly, Cindy, St. Malachy’s PS; Katie Surgeoner, Tommy, Drumrane PS.
70cm warm-up class – double clears: Rachel Craig, Rocky.
75cm Schools’ Individual: 1) Zoie Dobbins, Derryvale Truffles, St. Mary’s College, Derry; 2) Kayla O’Donnell, Shara, St. Mary’s College, Derry; 3) Kenzie Watt, Reme, Loreto College, Coleraine.
80cm warm-up class – double clears: Kian Barr, Misty.
85cm Schools’ Individual: 1) Gracie Thompson-Logan, Sir Rosco, Loreto College, Coleraine; 2) Kenzie Watt, Reme, Loreto College, Coleraine; 3) Eimear O’Neill, Starlet, Holy Cross.
85cm Novice Schools’ Teams: 1) St. Mary’s College, Derry: Zoie Dobbins, Derryvale Truffles; Kayla O’Donnell, Shara; Hope McLaughlin, Ariel; Jayne Keys, Blue Oak Night Fury; 2) Foyle College: Grace McNee, Summer; Lauren Hermans, Milo; Hannah Funston, Buddy; Eenna Hamilton, Crystal; 3) Holy Cross: Eimear O’Neill, Starlet; Elly Mae Duncan-Buchanan, Dullerton Gold Girl; Blaithin Boyle, Erganagh Camadery; Blathnaid Doherty, Seacoast Bobby.
1m warm-up class: Eenna Hamilton, Danny.
1m Schools’ Individual: 1) Peter Morton, Tynan Bobo Bear, Royal School, Armagh; 2) Katie Campbell, Cloneyogan Master, Magherafelt High School.
Open Schools’ Balmoral Qualifier (1m): 1) Omagh Academy: Lori Smith, Archie; Zoe Keys, Ruby; Kate Millar, Clonee Red River; Amy McLaughlin, Rhonda; 2) Rockport: Jay Doherty, Star; Niamh Devlin, Pio; Ari Allen, Dolly; Samara Doherty, Duffy; 3) Royal School, Armagh: Victoria Lee, White Lily; Molly McConnell, Maximus; Peter Morton, Tynan Bobo Bear.
Teams Tack & Turnout: 1) Omagh Academy: Lori Smith, Archie; Zoe Keys, Ruby; Kate Millar, Clonee Red River; Amy McLaughlin, Rhonda.
1.10m Schools’ Premiere Individual: 1) Lucy Morton, Majeika, Royal School, Armagh; 2) Lola Rankin, Dutch, Foyle College; 3) Victoria Lee, White Lily, Royal School, Armagh.
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