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Spook-tacular Derby at Lusk’s

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SUNDAY, November 8 started in the morning with typical Irish mizzle, but it did not put off the competitors who came to jump round the 16-fence Derby course at Lusk’s, outside Lisburn.

The course in each class was up to height, with a wide variety of fences including bushes, water troughs, walls, railway gates, two doubles, the derby rails and, of course, the famous Devil’s Dyke, with skeletons in the water below the jump.

The metre class got off to the best start, with a super clear round by Leah Knight, who was first to go on the impressive grey ‘Braelin’. There were only four clears in the metre class and the jump off saw Jonny Steele the easy winner on ‘Boss Quality’, who jumped clear in 40.16 seconds, ahead of Leah Knight and ‘Braelin’, wjo jumped clear in 43.48 seconds. Jemma Parkhill also jumped clear in a time of 44.35 seconds.

The 85cm was the biggest class of the day, with 10 clear rounds going through to the jump off.

With fading light, the 70cm class was judged as a two-phase, but Melanie Talbot on ‘Calypso’ showed how it should be done, with Alex Greer closely on her tail.

Lusks continue their autumn schedule with four weeks of dressage and hope to end the season with a Christmas Derby on December 13. All entries as usual to Sarah Whiteside on 07840 117132.


Sunday, November 8

Hallowe’en Derby

Class 1 – 1m:

1) Jonny Steele, Boss Quality; 2) Leah Knight, Braelin; 3) Jemma Parkhill, Ted; 4) Emily Corbett, Topstar; 5) Patrick Eames, Alfie; 6) Cara MacNabb, Killone Leo.

Class 2 – 85cm:

1) Chloe Lister-Tinsley, Bonnie; 2) Thomas Murphy, Riley; 3) Ellen McEvoy, Twilight Dancer; 4) Megan Dumigan, Marvel; 5) Lucy Knight, Milo; 6) Lyndsay Martin, Tidy.

Class 3 – 70cm:

1) Melanie Talbot, Calypso; 2) Alex Greer, Phoenix Spark; 3) Tommy Price, Leo; 4) Sophie Sloan, Little Me; 5) Laura Nickell, Luna.

Bree Rutledge

If you would like to find out more about Horse Week, Bree Rutledge can be contacted by email: or or by telephone: +44 (0) 28 9033 4493.




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