ON Saturday, June 5, the Bellew family welcomed Eventing Ireland back to Glas-lough Horse Trials after missing 2020 due to Covid restrictions.
Glaslough Horse Trials ran
behind closed doors and current HSI protocol, with competitors travelling from as far away as Cork in the Youth Training classes. The Bellew family had been all hands to the decks over the preceding weeks, preparing and painting. Adam Stevenson designed the track over the drumlin hills of Cloncaw, which gives breathtaking views over the surrounding counties and the picturesque village of Glaslough.
Dressage judges started the day at 8.30am – Lucinda Webb EI110; Will McAuley EI 110 Youth Training and EI 100 Youth Training B; Jacky Reid EI 100 Youth Training and EI 90 Youth Training; Emma Hobson Gain Equine Nutrition EI 100 A and EI 90 A; along with Martina McKinley Gain Equine Nutrition EI 100B and EI 90 B.
The Aaron McCusker de-signed show jumping course proved influential to the final result of all classes – show jumping judge for all classes was Alison Watt.
The cross-country started with the EI 110 and EI 110 Youth Training, with the course causing few problems, although the run downhill from the Priest’s Leap to the Parish Splash over Whiskey Barrels, landing in water, out over a Skinny Barrel, found some riders incur penalties, which along with cross-country time penalties and also a few ‘Sat Nav’ issues,
led to unfortunate eliminat-ions.
Steven Smith on ‘Mr Diceman’ claimed first pl-ace, while David O’Connor on ‘Tullymurray Hope’ pl-aced second. In the EI 110 Youth Training class, Ciara O’Connor claimed first, with Matthew Love on ‘Lucky For Some’ in second and Lucy McIlroy on ‘Imperial Black Pearl’ in third.
The EI 100 Youth Training was divided and was hotly contested with the first to fourth in section A and B finishing on their dressage scores. Section A winner was Amelia McCarthy on ‘Tillystown Girl’, just ahead of Ted O’Leary on ‘My Ballintohers Cracker Jack’, while in section B, Susanna Mullen on ‘Miracle’ claimed first, with Sarah O’Shea on ‘Youngstars Cheetah’ in se-cond.
The EI 100 class was sponsored by Gain Equine Nutrition, being part of the league. It was also divided. Steven Smith claimed top spot in both section A on ‘Lavori’, ahead of Elaine O’Connor on ‘Sir Barnabus’ and section B on ‘Jaguar Blues’, ahead of Alexandra Russell on ‘Promiscuous Girl’. The Parish Splash for these EI 100 riders was a roller two strides to water, followed by a roller hedge.
Again, this caused a few issues, along with show jumping penalties.
The EI 90 was also divided; section A was won by Lucy Toombs on ‘Mithril Lace’, ahead of Dearbhle Creagh on ‘Shadow Time’; section B went to Claire Palmer on ‘Rozel Cool Touch’, ahead of Kirstin Thom on ‘Slemish Rio Grande’.
The final class of the day was EI 90 Youth Training, with Rachael Fletcher on ‘Lurgans Diamond Princess’ in first
and Lee Broomfield on ‘Lonely “ER”V/H Juxschot’ in second, both finishing on their dressage scores.
The Bellew family would like to thank all the many volunteers and officials, who helped make Glaslough 1 Horse Trials Training Series possible and the competitors for their support and adhering to the protocol in place. The official photographer on the
day was John Gibson of Sporting Images.
Preparations are now underway for Glaslough Horse Trials 2 on Saturday, June 26 – entries are now open on Eventing Ireland and filling up fast. With less than three weeks to go, there’s still a bit of time to work on fitness of horse and rider for the drumlin hills of Cloncaw!
Saturday, June 5
Glaslough Horse Trials
EI 110: 1) Steven Smith, Mr Diceman; 2) David O’Connor, Tullymurray Hope; 3) Connor McClory, Red Raclette; 4)
Christopher Whyte, Cashe-lard Eurostar; 5) Sarah Sproule, Ballyneety Rainbow; 6) Christopher Whyte, Lady Craft.
EI 110 Youth Training: 1) Ciara O’Connor, Agharanny Minstrel; 2) Matthew Love, Lucky For Some; 3) Lucy McIlroy, Imperial Black Pe-arl; 4) Ava Dowley, Cullion Kemira; 5) Hannah Willis, Mr Beau Beaut; 6) Jilly Casey, Fernhill Mix & Match.
EI 100 Youth Training A: 1) Amelia McCarthy, Tillystown Girl; 2) Ted O’Leary, My Ballintoghers Cracker Jack; 3) Erin McCrea, Knockagarron Fear Bui Phoenix; 4) Lara McRabb, Carrickaduff Dame; 5) Ben Foster, Las De Coeur; 6) Emma Irwin, PSH Let’s Tango.
EI 100 Youth Training B: 1) Susanna Mullen, Miracle; 2) Sarah O’Shea, Youngstars Cheetah; 3) Lauren Madine, Moonshine Melody; 4) Char-olotte McSharry, Global Fairy of Hearts; 5) Julia Herron, Twentypark Emperess; 6) Anna Corrine White, Road to Emmaus.
EI 100 Gain Equine Nutrition A: 1) Steven Smith, Lavori; 2) Elaine O’Connor, Sir Barnabus; 3) Hannah Thompson, Jemeela Charm; 4) Steven Smith, King Panda; 5) Olivia Johns, Lagans Peter; 6) Ann Bowe, Festy Breeze.
EI 100 Gain Equine Nutrition B: 1) Steven Smith, Jaguar Blues; 2) Alexandra Russell, Promiscuous Girl; 3) Neil Morrison, Fire & Fury; 4) Anita Doherty, Samphire; 5) Nicola Wray, Lady Grey VI; 6) Charlotte De Montmorency, Rickamore Notion.
EI 90 A: 1) Lucy Toombs, Mithril Lace; 2) Dearbhle Creagh, Shadow Time; 3) Kirstin Thom, Rock Gem; 4) Johnathan West, Monmurray Sovereign; 5) Johnny Mull-igan, The Ciderman; 6) Bar-bara Johns, John Rambo.
EI 90 B: 1) Claire Palmer, Rozel Cool Touch; 2) Kirstin Thom, Slemish Rio Grande; 3) Grainne Bennett, Cloneenagh Jacko; 4) Jake Rawlinson, Knockaleery Legacy; 5) Nic-
ola Wray, Springhill Show-man; 6) Ruby Hughes, Vogel.
EI 90 Youth Training: 1) Rachael Fletcher, Lurgans Diamond Princess; 2) Lee Broomfield, Lonely “ER” V/H Juxschot; 3) Kati McCann, Boyher Cookies n Creme; 4) Clodagh McCarthy, Breakfast at Tiffanys; 5) Tom Nestor, Freddie; 6) Amy McLaughlin, Knockgraffon Girl.