ON a beautiful Saturday, August 6 in the Comber countryside, Ardnacashel Equestrian hosted their annual Summer Show.
Six rings were on the go during the day. Ring 1 hosted Working Hunter Horses, judged by Mr Brian Murphy with Miss Amanda Telford as ride judge; Ring 2 hosted Show Horses, judged by Mr O Kerr with Mrs Camilla Galloway as ride judge; Ring 3 saw Working Hunter Ponies, judged by Mr Tony Bell; Ring 4 saw Show Ponies, judged by Mrs J Summerville; Ring 5 hosted In Hand classes, judged by Mr E Summerville and, finally, Ring 6 hosted Show Jumping, under the watchful eye of Miss Alice Salters.
Classes from Tiny Tots Lead Rein featuring the most junior riders on the cutest ponies to Large Hunter Ridden, cross-poles to 1.20m show jumping and too many working hunter classes for ponies and horses to mention, were all in full flow for the full day.
The Working Hunter Horse ring was the first ring to start the day and wins in this ring included Adele Huddleston on ‘Obey’ in the first class of the day, 60cm. Moving on to 70cm and Rachel Redmond secured a ticket to Northern Ireland Festival with a win on ‘Baltracey Hero’. In the three 80cm classes, there were wins for Jim McShane on ‘Denzil’ in the Performance; Angela McIlroy on ‘Glencorran Lad’ in the Amateur and Chloe Rooney with ‘Paddington’ took the qualifying ticket for NIF in the qualifier class.
Rory Lavery with ‘Tullaher Milo’ took the red ribbon in the 90cm NIF qualifier; Emma Jackson on ‘Mr Quality Cruise’ in the 1m and, the final class in the Working Hunter ring, the 1.10m was won by Sadie McMahon with ‘Silian Coevers’.
Moving into the Horse Showing Ring, the first class of the day was the Four-year-old Show Horse and was won by local rider Kerry Finlay with ‘Ladies Choice’. The next class in this ring, the Amateur Show Horse was won by Andrea Newell with ‘Bruno Mars’. One of the largest classes of the day, the Newcomers Show Horse, a class for riders and horses who have not been placed in County Level Shows, gave Andrea Newell her second win of the morning, again with ‘Bruno Mars’. Further wins in this ring came from Chloe Rooney with ‘Paddington’ in the Small Hunter; Megan Norton and ‘Vazzy’ in Small Riding Horse – the combination who also won Racehorse to Riding Horse.
The Pony Working Hunter ring, which is always a favourite for spectators who love the beautifully turned out rider and pony combinations, started with the highly popular cross-poles class, which was won by Zac Bradley on ‘Nico’. With several NIF qualifying classes on the schedule in this ring, tickets for next year’s show went to Poppy Smith with ‘Haywards Lasting Impression’ in the 70cm and Charlotte Keers with ‘Western Ocala’ in the 1m class. Charlotte and ‘Western Ocala’ then went straight into the Working Hunter Pony championship and won the coveted sash.
Show Ponies, always the busiest ring of any of Ardnacashel’s shows, didn’t disappoint. With very large entries across the schedule, the judge Mrs J Summerville, certainly had her work cut out. In the first section of the day, the classes for the smallest ponies and riders, there were wins for Charlotte Morton with ‘Menai Mon Felicia’, Ella Latto and ‘Gryngallt Pizzicato’, Max Nixon and ‘Simple Simon’ and Carolie Brolly with ‘Yrenfys Llwynog’.
This ring then moved on to Native pony classes and, again with large entries, it was super to see local riders taking the first place rosettes, with wins from Lucy Donnan on ‘Romeo’ in the Open Ridden Connemara; Brooke Rice with ‘Stanray Luigi’ in the Novice Small Breed M&M and Ryan Anderson with ‘Brackenbank Black Prince’ in the Novice Large Breed M&M. Lucy Donnan on ‘Romeo’ then went on to take Champion of the Native classes.
Ardnacashel Equestrian would like to thank everybody who made this Summer Show the absolute success it was – judges, stewards, staff and helpers and indeed all the very kind sponsors.
Ardnacashel Equestrian will host their annual Air Ambulance Charity Show on Saturday, September 3, with £3 from every entry being donated to the charity. There will be a full schedule of showing, in hand and ridden, working hunter and much more – so something for everybody. Entries are available online at www.ardnacashel equestrian.co.uk/ enter-online.
Saturday, August 6
WORKING HUNTER HORSES
Class 01 60cm: 1) Adele Huddleston, Obey; 2) Victoria McCurdy, Temple Bui; 3) Amy Cope, Buckaroo; 4) Gail Hadden, Diesel.
Class 1 70cm Performance: 1) Charlotte McCullough, Burnished Denman; 2) Adele Huddleston, Obey.
Class 2 70cm Amateur: 1) Rachel Redmond, Baltracey Hero; 2) Kathryn Boyd, Brother Hubbard; 3) Nichola Caughey, Draughton Cobweb; 4) Rachel Baird, Spartan; 5) Karina McVeigh, Coco.
Class 3 80cm Performance: 1) Jim McShane, Denzil; 2) Erin Barlow, Divine Dark Pearl; 3) Katie Scott, Classiebawn Dukes Promise; 4) Jason McKeown, Knockbridge Cappucino.
Class 4 80cm Amateur: 1) Angela McIlroy, Glencorlran Lad; 2) Karina McVeigh, Coco; 3) Victoria Laverty, Millenium Indi; 4) Jacqui Porter, Clara.
Class 5 80cm NIF Q: 1) Chloe Rooney, Paddington; 2) Jamie Smith; 3) Caoimhe O’Hare, Miss Mourne; 4) Emma Jackson, Archie; 5) Charlotte McCullough, Burnished Denman; 6) Aisling Crilly, Ballagan Bouncer.
Class 7 Irish Draught: 1) Jason McKeown, Harley.
Class 8 Small Hunter: 1) Leigh Chambers; 2) Nat Wilton, Willow; 3) Emma Jackson, Archie; 4) Nat Wilton, Emily May.
Class 9 90cm NIF Q: 1) Rory Lavery, Tullaher Milo; 2) Nicky Laverty, Lisroan Major Tom.
Class 10 1M NIF Q: 1) Emma Jackson, Mr Quality Cruise; 2) Rory Lavery, Tullaher Milo; 3) Lucy McIlroy, Imperial Wonder; 4) Nicky Laverty, Lisroan Major Tom; 5) Hollie Donnan, Bob; 6) Richard Truesdale, Goariva Touch Stone.
Class 11 1.10M NIF Q: 1) Sadie McMahon, Silian Coevers; 2) Shane Doyle, Romeo; 3) Rachel McCaughey, Ardglen Stardust.
Class 12 Four-Year-Old Show Horse: 1) Kerry Finlay, Ladies Choice; 2) Jamie Smith, Banside Dancer; 3) Rachel Redmond, Baltracey Hero.
Class 13 – Amateur Show Horse: 1) Andrea Newell, Bruno Mars; 2) Leonie O’Gorman, RNH Mystique; 3) Victoria McCurdy, Temple Bui; 4) Georgie Young.
Class 13A Newcomers Show Horse: 1) Andrea Newell, Bruno Mars; 2) Bree Rutledge, Clovermount Rhinestone; 3) Sophie Laverick, Patrick; 4) James Clarke, Red Willow; 5) Rachel Conn, Frankly All Talk; 6) Angela Cartwright, Sky.
Class 14 Light Weight Hunter: 1) Billie Wilson, Quentin; 2) Georgie Young; 3) Leonie O’Gorman, RNH Mystique.
Class 15 Middle/ Heavy Weight Hunter: 1) GP Walker, Starfield Libero; 2) Caoimhe O’Hare, Miss Mourne; 3) Lauren Smyth, Castlelodge King Luis; 4) Rebecca Millar, Ballygowans Ready Teddy Go; 5) Sophie Laverick Patrick; 6) Aisling Crilly, Ballagan Bouncer.
Class 16 Small Hunter: 1) Chloe Patterson, Paddington; 2) Nichola Howarth, NEH Flagmount Diamond Clover; 3) Sharon Getty, Taptoo; 4) Bree Rutledge, Clovermount Rhinestone; 5) Jasmin Beatty, Just Winston; 6) Billie Wilson, Countess Illuminati.
Class 17 Ladies Hunter: 1) Brooke Ronan, High Thyme Spymaster; 2) Jamie-Leigh Wilkin, Pinecroft Chiffon; 3) Georgie Young; 4) Megan Houston, Bluebell.
HUNTER CHAMPIONSHIP (Classes 12-17)
Champion: GP Walker, Starfield Libero; Reserve: Chloe Rooney, Paddington.
Class 18 Cob: 1) Fionnuala Moloney, Kinky Boots; 2) Lesley Jones, Randalstown Brown Thomas; 3) Jamie Smyth, Codeword; 4) Eileen Jones, The Vicar; 5) Eva Lowry.
Class 18 Maxi Cob: 1) Megan Houston, Bluebell; 2) Kathryn Boyd, Brother Hubbard.
Class 20 Traditional Cob: 1) Catherine Higgins, Mr Finnigan; 2) Jessica Dineley, Ruben.
Champion: Fionnuala Moloney, Kinky Boots; Reserve: Catherine Higgins, Mr Finnegan.
Class 21 Small Riding Horse: 1) Megan Norton, Vazzy; 2) Victoria McCurdy, Temple Bui; 3) Leonie O’Gorman, GH Little Emperor; 4) Victoria Laverty, Millenium Indi.
Class 22 Large Riding Horse: 1) Philip McAteer, Candy’s Hero; 2) Jamie-Leigh Wilkin, Pinecroft Chiffon.
Class 23 Irish Draught: 1) Rebecca Millar, Ballygowans Ready Teddy Go; 2) Lauren Smyth, Castlelodge King Louis; 3) Angela Cartwright, Sky.
Class 24 Coloured Horse: 1) Sarah McCartney, Inishargy Illusion; 2) Lindsey McMullan, Lady; 3) Kirsty Haynes, Red Willow; 4) Rachel Martin-Grey, Mabel.
Class 25 Racehorse to RIding Horse: 1) Megan Norton, Vazzy; 2) Grainne McParland, Lady Multifix; 3) Rachel Conn, Ned Stark; 4) Annabelle Hendren, Rizzannon.
Class 26 Veteran Ridden Horse: 1) Nichola Howarth, NEH Flagmount Diamond Clover; 2) Richard Wilson, Teeshan’s Blue; 3) Elaine Leinster, Greystone Golden Lady; 4) Joanne Wilkinson, Casper; 5) Kirsty Haynes, Red Willow.
Champion: Nichola Howarth, NEH Flagmount Diamond Clover; Reserve: Megan Norton, Vazzy.
Supreme Champion: Coralie Brolly, Yrenfys Llwynog; Reserve: G F Walker, Starfield Libero.
WORKING HUNTER PONIES
Class 27 – Cross-Poles: 1) Zac Bradley, Nico; 2) Elissa Cowan, Briolen Cindy; 3) Amelia Logan, Llafar Barthez; 4) Thomas Scott-O’Prey, Rowreagh Trouble; =5) Sophie Malone, Twilight; =5) Maya Gillespie, Toreagh Stellar; =5) Emily Robertson, Tulip; 6) Isabella Graham, Glandular Benwen.
Class 28 – 50cm Performance: 1) Megan Hamilton, Potteries Superstar; 2) Larissa Irwin, Faugh a Ballaugh Bailey; 3) Eve Lawther, Cream Cracker; 4) Isabella Graham, Glandular Benwen; 5) Anthea Steele, Claus.
Class 29 60cm: 1) Zac Hanna, CLF Buddy; 2) Lexi Wallace, Tripple; 3) Aimee Dines, Tyler; 4) Holly Webber, Bluebell; 5) Hannah Trimble, Mighty Meeko; 6 Daniel Kennedy, Benny.
Class 30 70cm Performance: 1) Holly Webber, Bluebell; 2) Gail McIlwaine, Harrison; 3) Kerry McGrady, Copybush Moonbeam; 4) Bea Browne, Dartry Ranger; 5) Aoife Douglas, Townend Hot Toddy; 6) Justine Johnston, Simple Simon.
Class 31 70cm (NIF Q 133cm Starter Stakes): 1) Poppy Smith, Haywards Lasting Impression; 2) Lily Murphy, Milford Spectacular; 3) Zac Hanna, CLF Buddy; 4) Zac Hanna, Sparkling Mr Tigger.
Class 32 80cm Performance: 1) Faith Adair, The Postmistress.
Class 34 M&M Working Hunter Pony: 1) Laura Nickell, Crannard King of Hearts; 2) Justine O’Hara, Vales Mona.
Class 35 90cm Performance: 1) Natasha Moore, Loughwell Lachlan; 2) Emily Hawe, Crannard King of Hearts; 3) Justine O’Hara, Vales Mona.
Class 37 1m (NIF Q for 143cm and M&M Large Breeds): 1) Charlotte Keers, Western Ocala; 2) Emily Hawe, Crannard King of Hearts; 3) Natasha Moore, Loughwell Lachlan.
PONY WORKING HUNTER CHAMPIONSHIP
Champion: Charlotte Keers, Western Ocala; Reserve: Lily Murphy, Milford Spectacular.
Class 39 Tiny Tots Lead Rein: 1) Charlotte Morton, Menai Mon Felicia; 2) Alia Fletcher, Caerserennog Topaz; 3) Gareth Corrie, Hemsbrook Welsh Wizzard; 4) Mya Latto, Godeboy Rhosyn Arian; 5) Aria Halliday, Murphy’s Lad; 6) Charlie Wilkin, Kilshane Sir Colorado.
Class 40 Lead Rein Pony: 1) Ella Latto, Gryngallt Pizzicato; 2) Clara Corrie, Hemsbrook Welsh Wizzard; 3) Isaac Gordon, Twilight; 4) Johnny Massey, Creevelea Penny Rose; 5) Sophie Martin, Heniarth Shooglenifty; 6) Scarlotte Murphy, Murphy’s Lad.
Class 41 M&M Lead Rein Pony: 1) Matty Lyttle, Caerserrenog Pearly King; 2) Clara Corrie, Hemsbrook Welsh Wizzard; 3) Maya Gillespie, Toreagh Stellar; 4) Amelia Logan, Springwater Saddlers Wells; 5) Lexie Davis, Crossfield Honeyblossom.
Class 42 Family Pony: 1) Max Nixon, Simple Simon; 2) Sophie Halliday, Murphy’s Lad; 3) Anthea Steele, Indi; 4) Edie McClelland, Gandalf; 5) Ella Latto, Gryngallt Pizzicato; 6) Lexie Davis, Stoneyglen Luck Penny.
Class 43 First Ridden Pony: 1) Carolie Brolly, Yrenfys Llwynog; 2) Rebecca Cowan, Briolen Cindy; 3) Elissa Cowan, Beltoy Panteal; 4) Mia McKay, Godebog Rhosyn Arian; 5) Alex Hemsley, Gryngallt Pizzicato.
Class 48 Novice Ridden Connemara: 1) Bea Browne, Drummin Fly Mulligan; 2) Brook Rice,Ashfield Cassanova; 3) Alex Watt, Mullaghmore Awhain.
Class 49 Open Ridden Connemara: 1) Lucy Donnan, Romeo; 2) Sophie Donnell, Lusmagh Echo; 3) Leah Chambers, Cummer Park Silver Boy; 4) Katie Annett, Newtown Melody; 5) Emma Jackson, Digger; 6) Ellie McDowell, Lickeen Laddy.
Class 50 Part Bred Pony (not exceeding 158cm): 1) Ellie Annett, Hlydlam Who Done It; 2) Ava Morrison, Mika.
Class 51 Novice Small Breed M&M: 1) Brooke Rice, Stanray Luigi; 2) Alex Hemsley, Walseker Da Vinci; 3) Rebecca Cowan, Beltoy Panteal.
Class 52 Open Small Breed M&M: 1) Alex Hemsley, Walseker Da Vinci.
Class 53 Novice Large Breed M&M: 1) Ryan Anderson, Bracken Bank Black Prince; 2) Alison Stewart, Drummin Fly Mulligan; 3) Ellie McDowell, Billy; 4) Aoife Douglas, Townend Hot Toddy; 5) Tianna Brolly, Bailie Eamonn King.
Class 54 Open Large Breeds: 1) Emma Jackson, Digger.
Champion: Lucy Donnan, Romeo; Reserve: Ryan Anderson, Bracken Bank Black Prince.
Class 43a Newcomers: 1) Alex Hemsley, Walseker Da Vinci; 2) Sofia Newell, Barnfield Splash of Colour.
Class 46 Show Hunter Pony up to 153cm: 1) Coralie Brolly, Yrenfys LLwynog.
Class 47 Coloured Pony up to 158cm: 1) Niamh Martin, Mix & Match; 2) Sofia Newell, Barnfield Splash Of Colour.
Champion: Niamh Martin, Mix & Match; Reserve: Sofia Newell, Barnfield Splash Of Colour.
Class 55 Intermediate Riding Horse: 1) Annabelle Hendren, Rizzanno.
Class 56 Intermediate Hunter: 1) Niamh Martin, Mix & Match.
Champion: Annabelle Hendren, Rizzanno; Reserve: Niamh Martin, Mix & Match.
Cross-poles (Clear Rounds): Molly Anderson, Basil; Fearne Harvey, Moonlight; Holly McCarroll, Zara; Zac Bradley, Nico.
50cm (Clear Rounds): Holly McCarroll, Zara; Zac Bradley, Nico; Eve Lawther, Cream Cracker; Hannah Whitla, Winston; Gail Hadden, Diesel.
60cm (Clear Rounds): Gail Hadden, Diesel; Angela Penman, Lillie; Jesse Hamilton, Hamilton; Grace Morton, Peggy; Eve Lawther, Cream Cracker.
70cm Junior: 1) Caitlyn Wells, Mika; 2) Lucas Bradley, Gortlemon Isabelle; 3) Grace Morton, Peggy; 4) Lucy Donnan, Sonic.
70cm Senior: 1) Catherine Quee, Hullaballoo; 2) Joanne Wilkinson, Casper.
80cm Junior: 1) Poppy Smith, Haywards Lasting Impression; 2) Lucas Bradley, Gortlemon Isabelle; 3) Aimee Dines, Tyler.
80cm Senior: 1) Suzanne David, Hayden’s Star; 2) Melissa Truesdale, Pilgrim’s Star; 3) Patrick McCready, Dunross Ocean’s Mist; 4) Felicity Pearce, Smoky.
90cm: 1) Sophie Price, Molly; 2) Kirsten Bailie, Blue; 3) Jessica Knowles, Henry; 4) Jim McShane, Denzil.
1m: 1) Zoe Daniel, Pinnochio; 2) Alix Robinson, Prince; 3) Amy Webb, Imperial Matriarch; 4) Chloe Rooney, Arya.
1.10m: 1) Debbie Quinn, Coco; 2) Nadia Scanlon, Lenamore Pure Magic.
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