JENNY and Harold Lusk were so happy to see a vast change of weather on Sunday, May 9… Saturday’s weather had been very wintry, so it was a pleasure to see the change on Sunday morning for their Garden Event.
The arena was in pristine condition with the 15-fence course and the cross-country section was on perfect ground conditions, with 11 to 14 jumps.
In the 1 metre class, second to go was Johnny Mulligan on Karen King’s ‘Diamond Queen’, who set a blistering pace not to be bettered throughout the competition. Chloe Lister Tinsley tried her best with a great round on the talented mare ‘Bonnie’, but was 11 seconds adrift of Johnny’s time.
Johnny repeated the feat in the 85cm class with ‘Ciderman’, also owned by Karen King. He was again second to go and went round in 81seconds – bettering the time of second placed Lizzy Rankin on ‘Tony the Pony’ again by 11seconds. He certainly had his turbo full on!
It was great to see Karen and David McClurg being so successful, as they came on the Saturday with greenery to help decorate all the jumps – Jenny and Harold were very grateful.
The 70cm class went to Eimear Watson on ‘Gaulin Lady’. This was a close run race, as she was just in front of Una Megoran on ‘Misty’ and the local rider Tommy Price on ‘Leo’, who set the early pace.
The day was a wonderful success, with compliments all round on the fences in the arena and the varying cross-country jumps.
Harold, on judging and announcing duties, paid thanks to so many helpers, who made the day run so smoothly and a great success.
The next event is the Two-phase at Lusk Equestrian on Sunday, May 23, with entries to Sarah Whiteside on 07840 117132 or Jenny on 07831 661428 before the closing date of May 21. In preparation for the Two-phase, there is show jumping on Sunday, May 16, with classes from cross-poles to 1.20m. Competitors should pre-enter by May 14.
Sunday, May 9
Garden Event at Lusk Equestrian
Class 1 – 1m: 1) Johnny Mulligan, Diamond Queen; 2) Chloe Lister-Tinsley, Bonnie; 3) Rachel Graham, Batman; 4) Cara MacNabb, Annie.
Class 2 – 85cm: 1) Johnny Mulligan, Ciderman; 2) Lizzy Rankin, Tony the Pony; 3) Pippa Robinson, Kilmore Diamond Lass; 4) Taylor McKnight, Astro; 5) Amy Steele, Big Adventure; 6) Kate McLaughlin, Bocade Renaissance; 7) Jess Vaughan, Glenview Enigma; 8) Neil Knox, Moneytree; 9) Anthea Steele, Diamond Daydream; 10) Grainne Bennett, Duke.
Class 3 – 70cm: 1) Eimear Watson, Gaurlin Lady; 2) Una Megoran, Misty; 3) Tommy Price, Leo; 4) Claire Walker, Burke’s Black Jack; 5) Sinead Boyd, Bella; 6) Miriam Wright, The Castletown Lad.
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