LUSK Equestrian Two-Phase event took place on Sunday, May 23, with show jumping in the all-weather arena and almost 1500m of cross-country in foot-perfect conditions. The course, with a variety of different fences, asked questions in all classes with everyone getting home safely.
Many other events were cancelled or took place under challenging conditions, but Lusks had saved the ground, which had an ample covering of grass and indeed they were glad to see rain in the week before the event, otherwise the going would have been firm.
Competitors were most complimentary of the courses on a day which started with light rain for the 1m class, but turned into heavy rain for the 85cm class, with the riders completely soaked and helpers glad to have their waterproofs on. Thankfully, the rain stopped for the 70cm class, which took place in glorious sunshine for many children for whom this was their big day out. Event supremo Sarah Whiteside had everything planned to perfection and the classes ran on time throughout the day.
Harold thanked the many volunteers, who worked tirelessly to make the day such a success, without whom the event could not have taken place.
Both Harold and Jenny were delighted to see so many friends, old and new, enjoying a great day of sport in the open air and some as young as nine-year-old Ted Geary on his super pony, ‘Susie’ flew round both parts in the 70cm class, showing many how it should be done. However, it was the evergreen Tommy Price on ‘Leo’, who was first to go in the 70cm, who took the honours to the loud applause of his supporters.
The 85cm was divided into two sections, with Rachel McCartney on ‘Thyme Will Tell’ winning section A and Amy Steele on
‘Big Adventure’, all the way from Coleraine, winning Section B. Katie Robinson on ‘Duncarbery Cascade’ won the hotly contested 1m class and finished one second under the optimum time.
Lusk’s take pride in providing courses suitable for the up and coming riders, including the children, who are the potential event riders of the future.
It was nice to see a few of the event riders in the higher classes who came to support Lusk’s.
Next at Lusk’s there will be a Go As You Please will be held on Saturday, May 29 and Sunday, May 30 from 10am to 4pm. There is no need to book. Call Jenny on 07831 761428 with any enquiries.
Sunday, May 23
Class 1 – 1m: 1) Katie Robinson, Duncarbery Cascade; 2) Pradyumna Dhaumal, Leo; 3) Lauren Madine, Moonshine Melody; 4) Lauren McGlennon, Colin; 5) Sarah Sproule, Rainbow; 6) Erin McCrea, Pixie.
Class 2 – 85cm Section A: 1) Rachel McCartney, Thyme Will Tell; 2) Kirsty Louise Bates, Belle; 3) Lizzy Rankin, Tony The Pony; 4) Alex Greer, Phoenix Spark; 5) Emily Jayne McPolin, Marley; =6) Zara Smyth, Charlie; =6) Chloe Lister-Tinsley, Ruby.
Class 2 – 85cm Section B: 1) Amy Hebburn, Big Adventure; 2) Jackson Laing, Wesley; 3) Sarah Gilchrist, Max; 4) Jack Morrow, Rocket Lady; =5) Rory Lavery, OB; =5) Anna McErlean, RJ.
Class 3 – 70cm: 1) Tommy Price, Leo; 2) Ciarraí McIlroy, Jack; 3) Arlene Greenaway, Warrior Bob; 4) Lynne Thompson, Shuttlehill Impish Lass; 5) Josh Knox, Tommy; 6) Jenna Rodgers, Indie.