SUNDAY, May 29 saw the start of the Summer dressage league at Dalways Bawn, Carrickfergus. Huge thanks are extended to judge Mark Robinson for providing great feedback to all the competitors. Thanks must also go to the volunteers, who scribed and helped to make the day so successful.
Competitors were given the option to either ride on the day or ride their test off site and then submit it for judging.
Jenny Caldwell, owner of Dalways Bawn said: “It’s lovely to be able to provide opportunities for riders, who for one reason or another are unable to make it to the venue. We have received so much positive feedback about these shows and just want to thank everyone for taking part and thanks to the amazing sponsors of this show.”
A special thanks must also go to Emma Hobson of Dressage at Home and International for permitting Dalways Bawn to use her tests, thereby creating a much greater variety of tests that can all be accessed free, from her wonderful website.
The day started off with the Novice class, kindly sponsored by Worthington Chiropractic. This class was won by Katie Lowry and her pony ‘Crosspoint Tobin’; second place went to Tia Wharry and Jenny Caldwell’s ‘Dalways Stormtrooper’; third place went to Emme Morrison and Grace Hurrel’s ‘Penny’; fourth place went to Leanne Montgomery and Kerri Irwin’s ‘Aughabeg Misty Patch’.
The next class was the Preliminary, kindly sponsored by Millars Bar, Ballycarry. Shannon McComb took the first place rosette on Yvonne Gillespie’s ‘Woody’; Shannon McComb also took home the second place rosette on Anne Harrison’s ‘Marella’; Helen Faulkner took the third place rosette on Mandy McClean’s ‘Rolo’; fourth place went to Grace Hedgley and ‘Summer Storm’; fifth place to Georgia Hall and Chris Haggan’s ‘Crossgar Harbour Lights’ and the sixth place was taken by Karen Brown and ‘Delilah’.
The Introductory class, kindly sponsored by The Village Store, Ballycarry, was next and Anne Harrison won the red rosette on her own ‘Marella’; second place went to Emma Lewis and ‘Razzle’; third place was awarded to Elaine Black and ‘Cappanoole Laura’; fourth place went to Yvonne Gillespie and ‘Woody’; fifth place went to Pamela Chambers and Rachel Topping’s ‘Ollie’ and sixth was taken home by Phyllis Stanley and ‘Silver’.
The last class of the day was the Freestyle, sponsored by Rodney Ross farrier services. Competitors rode excellent tests to some brilliant music compositions, but in the end it was Robyn McMurray and ‘Rocco Bananaman’ who took home the red rosette; second place went to Leanne Montgomery and ‘Monty’; third place went to Victoria McCandless and ‘Koolstyle’ and fourth place went to Cara Pearson and ‘Cassie’.
A huge well done to all the other competitors, who are not named here – organisers hope to see you at the next leg of this league, which is on Sunday, June 26. Entries close the Thursday before and everyone is welcome to take part either online or on the day. For more details, please see the Dalways Bawn facebook page.
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