‘Trendseeker’ and Carol out of retirement and into winning form at Hagan’s Croft

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DOUBLE: Sarah Irvine and ‘Harry’ won both the Prelim and Novice classes at Hagan’s Croft. (FW30-530NN)

SATURDAY, July 21 saw bumper entries at Hagan’s Croft Equestrian for the third leg of their five-week dressage league. With over 70 entries, competition was stiff throughout the day within all five classes from Intro to Elementary level.

The day began with a Dressage Ireland Intro test, where the first rider of the day Carol Henry and her handsome 17.2hh gelding ‘Trendseeker’ came out of retirement to ride up the centre line to a fabulous score of 67.5%. This was an obvious achievement for the pair, with tears of joy to be seen! Patrica Martin just lost out on the red ribbon. With the same percentage score as Carol Henry, a point difference on collective marks separated the pair, which awarded Patricia and ‘Bella’ the blue ribbon.

NEWCOMER: Veronica Ham and ‘Alfie’ shared the win in the Newcomers class at Hagan’s Croft. (FW30-529NN)

Within the Newcomers class, nothing could separate Susie Kinley and Veronica Ham, as both competitors were sitting on the same percentage of 67.62, same collective mark of 34 and same walk mark of 7 – therefore joint first place was awarded along with a beautiful red ribbon each!

The highest score of the day came from Sarah Irvine and her chestnut roan gelding ‘Harry’ within the Prelim class. Finishing on a score of 72.5%, this secured Sarah and ‘Harry’ the top spot. Lynsey Sneddon rode a very positive Prelim test on her bay gelding ‘Kenny’ and was awarded 69.38% and second place for their efforts.

The fourth class of the day saw a Pony Club Novice dressage test being ridden by a total of 12 competitors. Once again, Sarah Irvine and ‘Harry’ could not be knocked off the top spot, with another commendable score of 71.8%. This time it was Rachel Freil and her black beauty ‘Alghan Nipper’, who stormed into second place with 66.8%.

The final class of the day was a British Dressage Elementary test and it was fantastic to see a few new faces to Hagan’s Croft riding within this class, although it was Elaine Morrow and ‘Ardenza Gem’ who rode an exemplary test in front of judge Mark Robinson to be awarded the red rosette with a score of 66.83%. A new face to Hagan’s Croft, Danielle Hammond and ‘Tanino’ certainly made their mark within the Elementary class, achieving a score of 64% and second place.

Springmount Farm, one of Hagan’s Croft league sponsors provided over 20 half dozen boxes of eggs, which were given out as spot prizes to competitors. Names were drawn out of the hat throughout the day and competitors were delighted with this added bonus to their day. The following morning, Hagan’s Croft received pictures of competitors enjoying everything from french toast to scrambled eggs on toast for breakfast!

Thanks are extended to the judges, Coreen Abernethy and Mark Robinson, scribes and stewards. Thanks also to Black Horse Photography for covering the event and to all the competitors and spectators who supported this event. Thanks are extended to the League Sponsors, Bluegrass Horse Feeds and Springmount Farm Free Range Eggs.

The League continues every Saturday until 4th August. Please see website or facebook for more details- www.haganscroftequestrian.co.uk or contact Gillian on 07849 106453.


Saturday, July 21

Class 1 – Dressage Ireland, Introductory A, 2016: 1) Carol Henry, Trendseeker 67.5%; 2) Patricia Martin, Bella 67.5%; 3) Holly Reilly, Just Jake 66.39%; 4) Lindsey Kirk, Blossom 65.6%; 5) Zara Burney, Jaffacake 64.72%; 6) Robyn Hartley, RH Live for Now 64.44%.

Class 2 – Newcomers: The Pony Club Grass Roots Dressage Test, 2016: =1) Susie Kinley, Tippy 67.62%; =1) Veronica Ham, Alfie 67.62%; 3) Patricia Martin, Bella 67.38%; 4) Ashleigh Carlisle, Eve 66.67%; 5) Sarah Carse, Star 65.71%; 6) Courtney Sloan, Miss Angel 63.1%.

Class 3 – British Dressage, Prelim 18, 2002: 1) Sarah Irvine, Harry 72.5%; 2) Lynsey Sneddon, Kenny 69.38%; 3) Laura Kee, Ballymullan Jodi 68.33%; 4) Ruth McClenaghan, Rossi 67.92%; 5) Deborah McAlister, Inch by Inch 66.46%; 6) Karen Johnston, Perish the Pack 65%.

Class 4 – The Pony Club Novice Dressage Test, 2009: 1) Sarah Irvine, Harry 71.8%; 2) Rachel Freil, Alghan Nipper 66.8%; 3) Lynsey Sneddon, Kenny 65.8%; 4) Hazel Hilland, Lisbane Butterfly 64.6%; 5) Georgina Brown, Ballycreen MiLady 64.6%; 6) Jennifer Griffin, Hey Handsome 64%.

JOINT WINNER: Susie Kinley and ‘Tippy’ were joint winners of the Newcomers class at Hagan’s Croft. (FW30-528NN)

Class 5 – British Dressage, Elementary 49, 2009: 1) Elaine Morrow, Ardenza Gem 66.83%; 2) Danielle Hammond, Tanino 64 53%; 3) Jennifer Griffin, Hey Handsome 61 49%; 4) Holly McGahan, Paddy Vanringo 60.66%; 5) Kathryn Huson, Cadi 58.5% 6) Emma Andrews, Waggledance 58.5%.


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