AN amber weather warning was issued for storm Armen on Saturday, November 27, but nevertheless Hagans Croft prepared as normal for the second week of their dressage league to go ahead. The dressage boards were pinned down and the weather situation would be assessed on Saturday morning at 8am prior to competitors plaiting up their horses for the occasion. All was calm with blue skies over Hagans Croft, so the dressage competition was given the green light.
The day started off with the Intro class, with a total of six competitors turning down the centre line no one was leaving disappointed, with everyone receiving a ribbon for their efforts. However, out on top was Anna Wallace and her new mount ‘Coolmount Cruise’ finishing on a score of 73.89%. What a positive start to this new partnership!
Hannah Anderson and ‘Jorange’ moved up the placings this week to come home with a blue rosette, another promising future for this four-year-old mare in her education.
It was then on to the Newcomers class, where competitors rode up the centre line to a Dressage Ireland Prelim test. A welcome new face to compete at Hagans Croft was Casey Duckett and ‘Rossco’, who certainly made their mark on this venue, saluting to a score of 68.62% and first place. Lindsey Kirk and ‘Bits and Pieces’ held their position from last week and, unbelievably, achieved exactly the same score as the previous week’s competition – 67.24% and second place… Well done!
What would normally have been the largest class of the day, the Prelim class only saw three competitors take on the white boards. However, there was a clear winner and that was Kaiti McCann and her colourful mare ‘Cookie’, with a very impressive score of 70% to take first place. Cathy Cowan and ‘Bridge of Stars’ improved on their score from the previous week, which left them picking up second place and the blue ribbon for their efforts.
In the Novice class, an overjoyed Jessica House and ‘Khalasar’ were delighted to be picking up the red ribbon. The pair finished on a fabulous score of 70.34%, which clearly meant a lot to Jessica. The judge, Jacky Reid, had some lovely words for Jessica on her test sheet: “Talented mare with lots to like… lovely test to judge”.
Laura Fekkes and ‘Finn’ had the Elementary class red ribbon in the bag from the off, with Laura being the only competitor taking on the challenge! Nevertheless, the pair displayed beautiful leg yields right and left and executed their three-loop serpentine with ease to finish on 69%.
Hagans Croft would like to thank their judge on the day Jacky Reid and scribes/ stewards Lindsey and Harriett for making the event run so smoothly. The dressage league continues every Saturday until December 18. This event is pre-entry only, with entries taken via Hagans Croft’s website: www.haganscroftequestrian.co.uk or you can download and enter through the Hagans Croft App. Entries close each Thursday at 8pm prior to Saturday’s event and start times are posted online on Thursday evenings.
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The final of this dressage league is on Saturday, December 18, which will see a special Christmas Finale. Two extra classes will take place for one day only – Individual freestyle and Pairs freestyle, both of which are to Christmas Music.
To find out more about the league, please contact Gillian on 07849 106453 or go to the website: www.haganscroftequestrian.co.uk
Saturday, November 27
Class 1: INTRO – Dressage Ireland, Intro A, 2017: 1) Anna Wallace, Coolmount Cruise 73.89%; 2) Hannah Anderson, Jorange 70.56%; 3) Kristina Hayes, Ruby 68.06%; 4) Helen Murphy, Belle 66.94%; 5) Katie Donnelly, Rockie 62.22%; 6) Dee Murphy, Prince 58.89%.
Class 2: NEWCOMERS PRELIM – Dressage Ireland, Preliminary P5, 2012: 1) Casey Duckett, Rossco 68.62%; 2) Lindsey Kirk, Bits and Pieces 67.24%; 3) Hannah Anderson, Jorange 65.52%; 4) Patrick Lundy, Cal 63.62%; 5) Delilah Dillon, Tara 62.76%.
Class 3: PRELIM – Dressage Ireland, Preliminary P15, 2012: 1) Kaiti McCann, Cookie 70%; 2) Cathy Cowan, Bridge of Stars 67.32%; 3) Clare McIlveen, Ria 63.57%.
Class 4: NOVICE – Dressage Ireland, Novice Test N26, 2012: 1) Jessica House, Khalasar 70.34%; 2) Olivia Courtney, Moo 66.72%; 3) Harriett Hogan, Tilly 64.66%.
Class 5: ELEMENTARY – British Eventing Novice Dressage Test 131, 2018: 1) Laura Fekkes, Finn 69%.