LUSK Equestrian’s May Day Show took place on Monday, May 2, with Showing and Working Hunter classes both on grass to help competitors prepare for the upcoming RUAS show at Balmoral Park.
Both rings started at 9.30am sharp and the Working Hunter 60cm class was especially for the children and beginners starting out on their competition experience.
There were a few adults with young horses, but many lovely ponies looking after their enthusiastic young riders, which was a pleasure to see. The Working Hunter ring continued with the 70cm class, followed by the Young Horse class, where some lovely young horses were starting out on their equestrian career. The two pony classes, 143and 153, were very well supported and proceedings went on until 6pm, with the final class of the day being the 1.10m.
Judges for the day were Roddy Dean, originally from Belfast and now living in Kilkenny, assisted by Blanche Thompson; while in the conformation and ridden section, organisers were privileged to have Ulster’s top cob and show horse producer, Reid Finley, assisted by Charlene Scott.
In the showing arena, judge Pat Laughlin and ride judge Bryan Murphy, all the way from Gowran, Co. Kilkenny, made their second appearance at the May Day show and were highly complimented for their hard work through the day from 9.30am until 5.30pm. Showing director Paul Horner and Fran Warden were there to make sure everything ran on time and prizes were given out to the winners.
Jenny and Harold were delighted for the wonderful and generous sponsorship from the McConnell family from Doagh, Ballyclare, which certainly put a smile on the faces of the winning competitors, along with the fantastic rosettes and sashes from Helen Troughton of Honeyhill Rosettes in Portadown.
There were three championships in the show ring on the day:
Hunter Champion: Lesley Jones, Quality Choice; Owner: Yvonne Pearson; Reserve: Hannah Whittle, Hi Mr Red; Owner: Terry Johnston.
Irish Horse Championship: Declan O’Neill, Ratheoin Jack in the Box; Owner:Declan O’Neill; Reserve: Lesley Jones, Randlestown Brown Thomas; Owner: Sam McAteer.
Riding Horse Championship: Nicola Martin, Sister Act; Owner: Tim Martin; Reserve: Claire Adair, Dot; Owner: Claire Adair.
Unfortunately, Sarah had to turn away late entries on Sunday, as the show was over-subscribed, to facilitate the distance the judges had to travel.
Get your entries in early to ensure a place at Lusk’s Two-phase Event on Sunday, May 22. Classes are 1m, 85cm and 70cm – so text Sarah on 07840 117132.
Monday, May 2
Annual pre-Balmoral May Day Show
1) Ava Murphy, Summer; 2) Stephanie Farren, Meadowspring; 3) Aimee Webb, Imperial Matriarch; 4) Holly McClenaghan, Rupert; 5) Issy Ham, Beechmount Grey; 6) Poppy McIlduff, Danny Girl.
1) Rebecca Murdock, Animation; 2) Charlotte Nelson, Reggie; 3) Jocelyn Hutchinson, Langwedh Miss Saigon; 4) Martha McMurray, Willow; 5) Kirsten Bailie, Blue; 6) James McEvoy, Donald.
1) James McEvoy, Foxy; 2) Rachel Moore, Fortview Mermus; 3) Sammy Weston, Imperial Wonder; 4) Rachel Moore, Drumlane’s Belle of the Ball.
1) Victoria Teuton, Benchmark; 2) Ruby Kinkaid, Clonberne Beauty; 3) Victoria Teuton, Dowdstown PJ; 4) Elly-Rose Dixon, Sliabh Ban Rosie; 5) Charlene Clingan, Glencorran Diamond; 6) Jessica House, Tully’s Rebel.
=1) Rebecca Murdock, Animation; =1) Helen Faulkner, Derrivane Danny; 3) Clare Steele, JB; 4) Gayle Connery, Lisnamuck What a Cracker; 5) Tori Farr, Unpredictable Element; 6) Ciara Collins, Concordes Royal Ruby.
1) Oliver Kinnear, Polar Man; 2) Kitty Cullen, Moyan’s Dun Deal; 3) Poppy McMurray, Willow; 4) Dan McEvoy, Indie.
1) Grainne Moore, Shannaghmore Lothario; 2) Amy Harvey, Indian Robe; 3) Holly McClenaghan, Emily May; 4) Ruth English, Eagle; 5) Rachel Moore, Lusky’s Ballerina; 6) Nat Wilton, Willow.
1) Gwen Scott, Hazeldene Etch a Sketch; 2) Sammy Weston, Glencorran Lad; 3) Phoebe Beaumont, Roundthorn Claddagh; 4) Vicki Dible, Ceilidh Boots.
1) Lesley Jones, Tullaree Fear Bui; 2) Julie-Lee Radcliffe, A Dream Come True; 3) Jessica Mulgrew, Knocknagarron Emperor; 4) Emma Burns, Tullymurry Sunshine.
1) Lesley Jones, Doublmax; 2) Jessica Knowles, Pinecroft Jedburgh; 3) Sammy Weston, Cherry; 4) Gwen Scott, George; 5) Ruth Lyttle, Taylorstown Timeless; 6) Zara Sharvin, LGS My Echo.
1) Lesley Jones, Cairnview Redwood Guy; 2) Gwen Scott, George; 3) Lauren McGlennon, Keeford Highrise.
1) Hannah Whittle, Hi Mr Red; 2) Gwen Scott, First Glance; 3) Rachel Moore, Drumlane’s Belle of the Ball; 4) Sammy Weston, Friday’s Finale; 5) Caroline McMillan, Glenveagh Swan Song; 6) Jessica Knowles, RSS Joe.
1) Lesley Jones, Cairnview Redwood Guy; 2) Karen Connolly, Ardnacashel Casanova; 3) Catherine Patterson, Ballycurrane Laith.
1) Chloe Thompson, Battle’s Gent; 2) Rossie Browne, Riley; 3) Victoria Clarke Mullen, The Superior Choice; 4) Lesley-ann Duke, Consider it Dun; 5) Stephanie Farren, Meadowspring.
1) Kerry Finlay, Shanbally Ronaldo; 2) Catherine Patterson, Ballycurrane Laith; 3) Emma Connolly, Mullaghdrin Cointreau Lady; 4) Grace Morton, Peggy; 5) Niamh Devlin, Cob a doodle do; 6) Hannah Ogle, Casement’s Cavalier.
1) Lesley Jones, Quality Choice; 2) Clare Steele, R Ballerina; 3) Cat Jane, Cloneyhea Jasmine.
Hunter Champion: Lesley Jones, Quality Choice; Reserve: Hannah Whittle, Hi Mr Red.
Class 17/18 combined:
1) Lesley Jones, Randalstown Brown Thomas; 2) Joy Murray, Bee Smooth; 3) Rachel Davies, Thee Outlander; 4) Victoria Ormedilla, Dunleckney Titmouse; 5) Lisa Mitchell Talbot, Lady Lola.
1) Declan O’Neill, Ratheoin Jack in the Box; 2) Victoria Ormedilla, Dunleckney Titmouse; 3) Chloe Connon, Edenagar Daisy; 4) Sarah Russell, Dowdstown PJ; 5) Sarah Kirkland, Fintan; 6) Jessica House, Tully’s Rebel.
1) Sophie Donnell, Lusmagh Echo; 2) Emily Black, Donn Boy; 3) Phoebe Beaumont, Lisrua Star; 4) Charlotte Glenn, Chequerhill Water Lilly; 5) Oliver Kinnear, Rosedale Sandstorm; 6) Anna Morrow, Ballyvary Ripple.
Irish Horse Champion: Declan O’Neill, Ratheoin Jack in the Box; Reserve: Lesley Jones, Randalstown Brown Thomas.
1) Clare Adair, Dot; 2) Bobbi Fleming, Pinecroft Bergamo; 3) Sammy Weston, Daphne; 4) Charlotte Kennedy, Mortlestowncastle Bailey; 5) Sophie Donnell, Knockaraha Gypsy; 6) Susan Scott, Mohar Made.
1) Nicola Martin, Sister Act; 2) Orla Dunne, Pistazie; 3) Stuart McCullough, Philandro; 4) Jessica Kelly, Kalanisi Shadow.
1) Sinead Boyd, Killultagh Bella; 2) Vicki Dible, Ceilidh Boots; 3) Rachel Conn, Stranfield Son.
1) Nichola E. Howarth, NEH Flagmount Diamond Clover; 2) Orla Dunne, Pistazie; 3) Claire Young, Steelbreeze; 4) Susan Scott, Mohar Made; 5) Kirsten Bailie, Blue.
Riding Horse Champion, Nicola Martin, SisterAct; Reserve: Claire Adair, Dot.
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