Jam-packed schedule at Connell Hill

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BLUE RIBBON: Taylor Hunter and ‘Bann View Farro’ on their way to second place in the Six-year-old Qualifier at the Youngster Tour Ireland at Connell Hill. (FW33-552NN) PICTURES: courtesy of Lyndon McKee

SHOW jumping competitions have continued to run at Connell Hill Equestrian Centre, Randalstown, with a jam-packed schedule last week, which started with the SJI Summer Horse League on Thursday, August 6. The weather stayed fair to allow all competitors to enjoy another inviting course built by Will Creen.

Connell Hill Equestrian Centre was also thrilled to be able to host a leg of the Youngster Tour Ireland on Sunday, August 9. Given the changes in competition this year, the Youngster Tour has been a great way for young horses to gain that needed experience for the 2021 season. Competitors enjoyed another great course and summer sunshine throughout the day, as many competed to qualify for the Youngster Tour Grand Final, which is set to be held from September 10 to 13 at Mullingar Equestrian Centre.

ACTION: Noel McKee and ‘Lagans Starstruck’ in action in the Four-year-old Qualifier at the Youngster Tour Ireland at Connell Hill. (FW33-551NN)

Organisers would again like to thank all those who attend these shows for their co-operation in using the track and trace facility and for adhering to the Covid regulations set in place. Connell Hill will continue to run registered shows every Thursday in August, with details and entry available on the SJI website: www.sjilive.ie and unregistered shows, details of which can be found on the Connell Hill website: www.connellhillequestriancentre.com.


Thursday, August 6

80cm – Double clear: Samantha Hamilton, Riverbourne Zorro Beach; Liam McGarry, HVL Lucky Strike; Jenny Beattie, Foley Hill Harriett.

90cm – Double clear: Grace McGarry, Imanthos; Liam McGarry, HVL Lucky Strike.

1m – Double Clear: Brendan Doherty, Springhill Casanova; Emma Taylor, Cairnside Sophia; Alanna Dunlop, Million Dollar Girl; Tegan J White-McMorrow, Carrabeg Liberty; Philip G L White Kinnegor Bay; Pretoria Lee, Flamingo; Hannah Thompson, Ballylurgan Diamond Prince; Grace McGarry, Just Because D&M; Caroline Gaston, Attyrory Ark; Amanda Ellen McCracken, Micky’s Cruising Diamond;

1.10m: 1) Tegan J White-McMorrow, Texan Style; 2) Hannah Thompson, Ballylurgan What Lux; 3) Aine McPeake, In to the Morning; 4) Karen Fleck, Franko (HSI); 5) Barry McCormack, Greenan Fusion; Tegan J White-McMorrow Carrabeg Liberty.

1.20m: 1) Barry McCormack, Kings Choice; 2) Katy Connor, Ballyrobin Brave Heart; 3) Andrew Farren, Holga.

1.30m: 1) Barry McCormack, Kings Choice.

Sunday, August 9

Youngster Tour Ireland

80cm – Double Clear: Wilma Farquhar, Moylough Last Dance.

Four-year-old Qualifier – Double Clear: Philip Gaw, Carnlea Sandy Beach; Mark Calvert, Daquin De Muze; Caroline Gaston, MB Sandro Star.

90cm – Double Clear: Kelly Kilburn, River Commotion; Lucy Hanna, Rock Lemon; Julia Wilson, Sophies Choice.

Five-year-old Qualifier – Double Clear: Beverley Caves, Caltra Scenic Star; Dean Bell, Covehill Elle May; Sarah Baillie, Lisnamorrows Echoizer; Barry McCormack, Moveen Sibon; Cathryn Hutchinson, SVS Zarocco.

1m – Double Clear: Karen Pearson, Clude Mist; Julia Wilson, Sophies Choice; Sophie Dunn, Irish Fern.

Six-year-old Qualifier: 1) George Newton, Simply Grey (UR); 2) Taylor Hunter, Bann View Farro; 3) Lorraine Leavesley, Sherlocks Opium; 4) Justine Harding, Elamo Cobras Diamond Girl.

1.10m: 1) Lorraine Leavesley, Sundance (FEI); 2) Ben Maybin, Quinten; 3) Pretoria Lee, Flamingo 1; 4) Shannon Russell, Baron Cavalier.

Seven/ Eight-year-old Qualifier: 1) Shane McGlone, SMG Cruiser; 2) Justine Harding, Elamo Shes the Business; 3) Lucy Hanna, Rock Storm; 4) Lucca Stubbington, Xanthe Green.

1.20m: 1) Kevin Mackey, Havanna; 2) Ben Maybin, Quiten.

FOUR-YEAR-OLD: Dean Bell and ‘Cavehill Charlie’ competing in the Four-year-old Qualifier at the Youngster Tour Ireland at Connell Hill. (FW33-550NN)

1.30m: 1) Barry McCormack, Kings Choice.


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