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Sizzling hot dressage scores at Hagans Croft

SATURDAY, July 24 saw the halfway point of Hagans Croft’s six-week dressage league and, with temperatures still in the high 20s, competitors were shining down the centre line. The Intro class was first on the schedule and, with a total of 20 competitors, judge Fran Warden had some hard decisions to make. However, there was one competitor who stood out head and hooves above the rest and that was Amelia Wheeler and her mount ‘Creevelea Midnight Gambler’, who performed a dazzling foot-perfect test to finish with a jaw dropping 80.59%. This must be one of the highest scores in Hagans Croft’s dressage history, so congratulations to this fantastic pairing!

Hanging up her show jumping boots for the day, Emma Brown and ‘Elly Bouncer’ tried their hand at dressage and the pair realised their new calling. They came home with a brilliant score of 71.18% and a second place blue ribbon – well done!

In the Newcomers class, the top three scores were all within the low 70s, however Charlie Watson and ‘Master Casper Boy’ were not relinquishing their red rosettes from the last two weeks and, with a score of 73.62% they secured the red rosette for the third week in a row. Hot on Charlie’s heels was Victoria Laverty and ‘Indi’, who finished in second place with 72.24%.

The Prelim class saw a Dressage Ireland test being ridden and was again another popular class, with a total of 12 competitors. Sarah McClay and ‘Ballinglen Romeo’ were the only pair to score above 70% – 71.07% to be exact and they brought home the red rosette. Rachel Freil and ‘Alghan Nipper’ slipped into second place with 67.86%, which also gained them 12 points towards their league scores.

Katie Watson and ‘Lissyegan Bay News’ were back on top form in the Novice class, coming home with the red ribbon for their solid test, which was ridden in front of judge Mark Robinson. Kate Russell and ‘Bingo’ were delighted with their second place rosette for their score of 67.26%. After the past three weeks’ league scores being added together, Katie is currently sitting in first place in the league and Kate in third place. It is still all to play for with three more weeks left and each competitor’s best four scores going towards their overall total.

The final class of the day was the Elementary class and, with only one competitor, Laura Fekkes and ‘Finn’ had the red rosette in the bag! This is the pair’s first time competing within the Elementary league and they certainly put on a sterling performance, saluting to a score of 58.4%. Organisers look forward to see their progression over the next three weeks of the league.

Thank you to all the competitors, who supported the third leg of this six-week league, Hagans Croft hopes to see everyone again next week. Thanks are extended to judges Fran Warden and Mark Robinson and to all the stewards, who make the event run so smoothly. The league continues every Saturday until August 14 and is open to all competitors, even if you are not wishing to qualify for the league.

To qualify for the final in week six, each horse/ pony and rider combination must compete in four out of the six weeks and within the same dressage class. Competitors must be present at the final to be eligible for league placings. Scoring is based on a points system and details of league scores can be found on Hagans Croft’s website or facebook page. Rosettes are awarded to the first six placings each week and within the overall league placings. Everyone is welcome to compete at the final in week six, with a separate prize giving held for those competing on the day and those competing within the league.

This event is pre-entry only, with entries via Hagans Croft website: or download the Hagans Croft App onto your smart phone. Please see website, facebook or Instagram page for more details or contact Gillian on 07849 106453.


Saturday, July 24

Dressage League

Class 1: Intro – Dressage Ireland, Introductory Test B, 2016: 1) Amelia Wheeler, Creevelea Midnight Gambler 80.59%; 2) Emma Brown, Elly Bouncer 71.18%; 3) Jackie Flynn, Meikle Dumbledore 70.59%; 4) Elizabeth Swift, Eeabrook Isra 70%; 5) Jill Bruce, Bonnie 69.41%; 6) Andrew Ross, Jaxs 69.12%.

Class 2: Newcomers Prelim – British Dressage, Prelim 2, 2016: 1) Charlie Watson, Master Casper Boy 73.62%; 2) Victoria Laverty, Indi 72.24%; 3) Amelia Wheeler, Creevelea Midnight Gambler 70.34%; 4) Valerie McCracken, Big Promise 63.79%; 5) Catherine McConnell, Clarke 55%.

Class 3: Prelim – Dressage Ireland, Preliminary Test P15, 2012: 1) Sarah McClay, Ballinglen Romeo 71.07%; 2) Rachel Freil, Alghan Nipper 67.86%; 3) Hollie Fitzpatrick, Admirals Voyage 67.14%; 4) Nuala McNally, Ollie 65.36%; 5) Anne Killen, Alf 65.36%; 6) Emma Brown, Elly Bouncer 64.82%.

Class 4: Novice – Dressage Ireland, Novice Test N23, 2012: 1) Katie Watson, Lissyegan Bay News 71.94%; 2) Kate Russell, Bingo 67.26%; 3) Ruth Logan, O to be Posh 66.94%; 4) Olivia Courtney, Moo 66.61%; 5) Laura Evans, Rucky 64.52%; 6) Rachel Freil, Alghan Nipper 64.03%.

Class 5: Elementary – British Eventing, Intermediate Dressage Test 115, 2011: 1) Laura Fekkes, Finn 58.4%.

Bree Rutledge

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