SATURDAY, June 25, saw the halfway point
of Hagans Croft’s Show jumping league. The day commenced with the cross-pole class, where it was heart-warming to see the littlest of competitors jumping the course with the biggest smiles on their faces. Everyone within this class received a rosette to encourage them on their show jumping career.
It was then on to the 50cm class, where all fences became upright and fences nine to 12 were timed. Only two double clears were to be achieved in this class, therefore it was down to who completed the second half of the course in the fastest time and that was Anna Poots on ‘Jack’, who jumped clear all the way in a time of 28.85 seconds.
The pair were overjoyed to bring home their red rosette. Second place went to Rose Henderson and ‘Tubster’, who jumped clear all the way in a time of 30.93 seconds. This pair work so hard each week and it is great to see all their efforts being rewarded. Well done!
After her second placing in the previous week’s competition, Katie Rutherford soared into first place this week in the 60cm class, with a fast time of 28.87 seconds; this win sets her and ‘Dixie’ in good stead for the league placings. Once again, it was a double clear for Jocelyn Willis and ‘Sam’ – this week in a time of 31.03 seconds and bringing home the blue ribbon.
What an achievement for these top two competitors riding two ex-trotter horses. Both riders working hard in their retraining process and gaining top results, well done!
The competition started to hot up within the 70cm class, with all four competitors entered all achieving double clear rounds. It was down to who jumped the second part of the course in the fastest time and that was Amanda McCullough and ‘Lady Braveanna’. The pair attacked the course with great en-thusiasm, they lost both stirrups along the way, but they gathered themselves up and did not let this hamper them when it came to the speed round, achieving 28.43 seconds and first place! They certainly worked hard for this red rosette, well done!
Hot on Amanda and ‘Lady Braveanna’s’ heels was Christine Cosgrove and ‘CTP Kamakazee’, with a split second separating the pair, 0.17 seconds to be exact, which meant Christine sl-otted into second place on the day.
The 80cm class was the largest of the day, with a total of seven competitors. As the fences got that little bit higher, the sound of poles hitting the ground became more frequent and that elusive clear round was yet too be seen until Kelsea Maginnis and Kathryn Henderson entered the arena. These two riders were the only ones to achieve double clears and, for the second week in a row, first place went to Kelsea Maginnis and ‘Dancer’ in 27.81 seconds, the pair jumped the course with ease! Second place went to Kathryn Henderson and ‘Betty’ in a time of 28.88 seconds. This pair certainly made their mark on Hagans Croft, with a lovely consistent and flowing round and very deserving of the blue rosette – organisers hope these pair will see out the rest of the league.
The course was adjusted to the 90cm class, where some fantastic horse and rider combinations jumped the course with ease. One of those combinations was Beth Taylor and ‘Millyard Bobstar’, the pair achieved a double clear round, taking all the turns possible to achieve the fastest time of the whole day – 21.43 seconds, so there was no denying the red rosette was going to this pair! Second place went to Kelsea Maginnis and ‘Dancer’, who beat their previous speed time from the 80cm class and claimed the blue rosette for the 90cm class.
There was no-one entered for the 1.10m class, so the last class of the day was the 1m class, where Kaiti McCann and ‘Cookie’ had the red rosette in the bag from the word go. With an unfortunate pole down at fence four, it didn’t matter as the pair had the red ribbon in their sights, completing the course in 30.22 seconds. A star in the making!
Hagans Croft would like to thank everyone who supported the third leg of Hagans Croft’s five-week Show jumping League.
Thank you to the arena party Katie and Madison and to Black Horse Photography for covering the event. All photographs can be viewed and purchased from the Black Horse Photography website.
This league runs every Saturday until July 9 and is open to everyone. Entries are via Hagans Croft’s website: www.haganscroftequestrian.co.uk or you can also enter via the Hagans Croft App. Entries close each Thursday at 8pm and times are posted late on Thursday evening.
To qualify for the final in week six, each horse/ pony and rider combination must compete in three out of the five weeks and within the same class. Competitors must compete in the final to be eligible for league placings, placings will be based on a points system. The final is open to everyone, with a separate prize giving taking place for competitors on the day and league competitors.
To find out more about the league, please contact Gillian on 07849 106453 or go to the website: www.haganscroftequestrian.co.uk
Saturday, June 25
Class 1 – Cross-Poles – Clear Rounds: Lily Henderson, Emily; Rachel Stranney, Snowy; Sophie McCullough, Ralphie.
Class 2 – 50cm: 1) Anna Poots, Jack; 2) Rose Henderson, Tubster; 3) Rachel Price, Sporty, 4) Rachel Stranney, Snowy; 5) Siobhan Clarke, Apollo.
Class 3 – 60cm: 1) Katie Rutherford, Dixie; 2) Jocelyn Willis, Sam; 3) Siobhan Clarke, Apollo.
Class 4 – 70cm: 1) Amanda McCullough, Lady Braveanna; 2) Christine Cosgrove, CTP Kamakazee; 3) Abbey Stevenson, Belle; 4) Beth Taylor, Tannaghmore Beau.
Class 5 – 80cm: 1) Kelsea Maginnis, Dancer; 2) Kathryn Henderson, Betty; 3) Abbey Stevenson, Belle; 4) Abbie Cummins, Cassie; 5) Katie McKee, Freddy; 6) Molly Smyth, April.
Class 6 – 90cm: 1) Beth Taylor, Mill Yard Bobstar; 2) Kelsea Maginnis, Dancer; 3) Kathryn Henderson, Betty; 4) Christopher McCartan, Melody.
Class 7 – 1m: 1) Kaiti McCann, Cookie.
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