JOANNE Blair from Antrim had great success in Warrington Equestrian Centre, Co. Kilkenny on St. Patrick’s Day, when she claimed the top spot in the Spring Tour Grand Prix riding ‘Mon Ami’ (known as ‘Ollie’).
From an impressive start list of 61, including some of the best known names in national show jumping, Joanne and ‘Ollie’ were sixth to jump in the first phase and jumped clear. There were 17 double clear rounds.
Joanne said: “I knew that I could move him up in the second phase and try to produce a double clear and the plan was to try and win. He is naturally quick and, for a little horse, has plenty of stride, so I decided to take a stride out in two places in the jump off, which I think helped to eventually win the class.”
‘Mon Ami’ (‘Ollie’) is a nine-year-old gelding, by ‘Sandro Boy’, out of ‘Blackmoor Diamond Delight’. He was bred by Brian McClintock in Co. Antrim.
“We bought him when he was a foal and we have produced him up through the age classes and now to Grand Prix Level,” said Joanne.
With so many equestrian competitions, of all disciplines, cancelled at present, it is heartening to see top level show jumping being able to take place in the Republic and, moreover, to see local competitors making their mark in such good company!
Well done Joanne and ‘Ollie’!
Wednesday, March 17
Spring Tour Grand Prix at Warrington Equestrian Centre, Co. Kilkenny: 1) Joanne Blair, Mon Ami (ISH) 29.40; 2) Derek McConnell, Izzy (KWPN) 29.73; 3) Eddie Moloney, Temple Alice 30.07; 4) Jason Foley, Killossery Krescendo 30.09; 5) Kevin Gallagher, Ballypatrick Flamenco 30.32; 6) Sven Hadley, Uidam 30.61; 7) Edward Doyle, Flexability 30.91; 8) Max O’Reilly Hyland, Babar de Bussy 32.57; 9) Greg Broderick, Coolivio PS 33.61.