LUSK Equestrian held their summer show on the last day of July for Working Hunters, horses and ponies preparing for the upcoming Dublin Horse Show.
Judges in the Working Hunter grass ring were journalist and breeder Ruth Loney (jumping), ably assisted by Sharlene Scott, and breeder and show man David Lyons in the conformation and ridden section, who was helped by Callie Patterson and Emily McClelland. They worked from 10am until 4.30pm, but with a break for a super lunch prepared by Jackie in the White Horse Cafe.
The course as usual was varied and demanding to prepare the Ulster competitors for Dublin and organisers wish them all well at the RDS.
The showing section, also on grass, didn’t finish until 5pm, with judges Tony Bell and Andrew Greer (riding), ably assisted by Paul Horner and Fran Warden ensuring that all went according to plan and on time, again with a break for lunch in the glorious sunshine of a summer day.
The age and weight classes were poorly supported on the whole, but the coloured, riding, veteran and racehorse to riding class were very well supported with the judges highly complimented for their judging and the resulting rosette winners.
Lusk’s welcomed Paula McCarthy for the first time to judge the pony showing, assisted by Gail Davidson. Numbers were small in the classes, however, the parents made up for it with their loud support and the excitement with the first prize rosettes from Honeyhill Rosettes (Helen Troughton).
Photographer Marty O’Neill was on hand to capture those special moments and can be contacted via his Facebook page.
Events Director Sarah Whiteside said she was happy with the overall support and was delighted with the text she received about the show and the many compliments of the judges.
Lusk’s will take a summer recess to allow for holidays and those going to the RDS, and their next event is a two-phase on August 28 for your diaries.
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