IT was all sunshine and smiles at the Joyce Clarke Estate Agent’s May Day Show, which was held at Iveagh Pony Club. Children and parents – delighted to be out competing again – dazzled with a superb level of turnout, with squeaky clean tack, flowing pony tails and shiny ponies. Taylor-Lee Doyle, Amelia Wheeler, Ebony Ritchie and Grace Harney gleamed more brightly in this aspect, picking up the Tullyear Grooming tack and turnout prizes, for the Working Hunter cross-poles, 50cm, 65cm and 80cm respectively. Every competitor received a goodie bag from Joyce Clarke Estate Agents and owner of this successful Portadown based agency, Libby Clarke, popped along a say hello.
The Iveagh Pony Club prides itself on fun, friendship and teamship and helps educate children on the care, welfare and riding of ponies. It’s always a joy to see young talent starting out, which begins with children as young as three years old. Two young talents were Alexis Trainor and Sophie McBride, winners of the Assisted and Non-Assisted Cross-Poles Working Hunter.
The Working Hunter continued to higher heights, where Taylor Lee Doyle won the 50cm class and Sophia Madley made an impression on her pony ‘Alfie’ to win the 65cm Working Hunter. Beth Wishart on her mum’s horse ‘Bluebell’ won the top 85cm class in beautiful style, showing off her talent to judge Sarah McMahon.
Meanwhile, the show jumping ring was running to time, with a rider jumping every two minutes. Gwen Kerton and Shirley McCombe dedicated their expertise for the entire day to judge budding competitors. Parents held their breath whilst some of the younger kids navigated the cross-poles, 50cm, 60cm and 70cm classes, willing them to remember the course of 12 jumps. Then it was time for much cheering, as the completion culminated with the 80-90cm speed classes. With the speed time being announced after each round, new leaders rose, as impossible turns were made and ponies were stretched out to a gallop on the straights. The deserving winner of the 80cm speed class was Lucy Orr on ‘Jazzie Suzie’, who won by one second, with Jay Doherty on ‘Shanvalley Lily’ hot on her heels, followed by rising star Harry Purdy on ‘Belle’.
The much-anticipated 90cm speed class brought even more excitement, with Jay Doherty on ‘Sweet Lily’ leading from the start only to be caught by his sister Samara Doherty on ‘Ceide Saoirse’ with an equal time! The siblings were delighted to share first prize and Harry Purdy featured once again, coming third with his pony ‘Belle’.
The dog show provided some fabulous canine fun. It was judged by Philip Smith, who recently returned to Northern Ireland after managing Grand Prix Horses in USA and then five-star eventers in England. Philip’s fun commentary, along with wonderful prizes from Judy Maxwell from Baileys Horse Feed, added to the atmosphere of the show. Judy kindly donated Baileys Horse Treats and the most gorgeous luxury dog bed, which was won by a beautiful collie, owned by the Murphy family.
Talented and much in demand organiser of the Joyce Clarke May Day show, Lisa Trainor, will be running a mini show jumping league each Thursday in June. For details, keep an eye on the Iveagh Pony Club Facebook page.
May Day Show
Cross-poles -70cm: All well done.
80cm: 1) Lucy Orr, Jazzy Susie 24.96; 2) Jay Doherty, Shavalley Lily 25.99; 3) Harry Purdy, Belle 26.9; 4) Kacie Jackson, Bella Bambino 27.48; 5) Samara Doherty, Ceide Saorise 27.78; 6) Jennifer Tate, Jack 29.73.
90cm: 1) Jay Doherty, Sweet Lily 25.81; =1) Samara Doherty, Ciede Saorise 25.81; 3) Harry Purdy, Belle 26.94; 4) Jay Doherty, Shavalley Lily 27.96; 5) Sarah Cowan, Pandora D 28.6; 6) Beth Philips, Flash 29.6.
Cross-Poles Assisted: 1) Alexis Trainor, Silver; 2) Zach Cassidy, Manorowen Tommy Lee; 3) Mark Brown, Zara.
Cross-Poles Unassisted: 1) Sophie McBride, Rolo; 2) Taylor-Lee Doyle, Jack-A-Roo; 3) Zac Bradley, Charlies Dream.
Tack & Turnout: Taylor-Lee Doyle, Jack-A-Roo.
50cm: 1) Taylor-Lee Doyle, Jack-A-Roo; 2) Annie Flanaghan, Alfie; 3) Ellie Murphy, Toffee.
Tack & Turnout: Amellia Wheeler, Creeve Lea Midnight Gambler.
65cm: 1) Sophia Madley, Alfie; 2) Leah Turkington, Charlie; 3) Amelia Wheeler, Paddington; 3) Pippa Moore, Makers.
Tack & Turnout: Ebony Ritchie, Sienna.
80cm: 1) Beth Wishart, Bluebell; 2) Sarah Cowan, Pandora D; 3) Catherine Cowan, Lady Remarque.
Tack & Turnout: Grace Harney.
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