Working Hunter riders prepare for season ahead at Connell Hill

Connell WH BR Farm
BLUE RIBBON: Sarah Brashaw and ‘Lankill Lord Bui’ came second in the Small Working Hunter and Cob class at the Working Hunter show at Connell Hill. (FW07-537NN)

CONNELL Hill (Randalstown) hosted a Northern Ireland Festival Qualifier Working Hunter show on Saturday, which saw huge talent at this early stage of the year, with all horses and ponies extremely well groomed and turned out and all riders tremendously well presented to the judges.

This in turn presented a huge task to the judges, Ryan Anderson, assisted by Laura Ferguson and Patrick Traynor, making their placings. Young horses and, indeed those getting back into work, took all in their stride, meeting fences which consisted of show jumping, rustic and portable fences with minor obstacles, upon which they were judged on style, conformation, movement, ride, manners, turnout etc.

70CM: Marissa Elliott and ‘Maggie’ won the 70cm class at the Working Hunter show at Connell Hill. (FW07-536NN)

The high standard of turnout and showing offered photographer, Lyndon McKee, some great photogenic and action shots throughout the day, making this a most enjoyable show for everyone.

Connell Hill would like to thank Ryan Anderson assisted by Laura Ferguson and Patrick Traynor, arena crew, photographer Lyndon Mckee, staff, riders, owners and grooms, all for making this a most enjoyable day and wish all those who qualified every success for the Festival, and look forward to welcoming everyone back in the not too distant future.


Saturday, February 9

HORSES – 70cm: 1) Marissa Elliott, Maggie.

Four-year-old: 1) Jane Kealey, Danny Boy; 2) Jodie Creighton, Blinksey; 3) Donna Barron, Barney.

80cm: 1) Sarah Brashaw, Lankill Lord Bui; 2) Jane Kealey, Danny Boy.

Small W/H & Cob: 1) Sarah Brashaw, Out Of The Pheonix; 2) Sarah Brashaw, Lankill Lord Bui.

90cm: No Result.

1m: 1) Sarah Brashaw, Out Of The Pheonix.

1.10m: No Result.

PONIES – Cross-Poles: 1) Chloe Brophy, Kerbeck Jupiters Fire.

50cm: 1) Chloe Brophy – Townend Lion Heart

60cm M&M up to 122cm: 1) Aine Clancy, Brookvale Tommy Tucker.

70cm M&M up to 133cm: 1) Sarah McPollin, Timhoe Queen Bee.

80cm M&M up to 143cm: 1) Niamh Mathieson, Katie; 2) Alison Smith, Knockgarron Emperor; 3) Erin Mathieson, Chocolat II; 4) Jessica Mulgrew, Bannview Spartacus.

FOUR-YEAR-OLD: Jane Kealey and ‘Danny Boy’ won the Four-year-old class at the Working Hunter show at Connell Hill. (FW07-535NN) PICTURES

90cm M&M over 143cm: 1) Emily-Jayne McPollin, Glenmore Miss Mirah; 2) Erin Mathieson, Chocolat II; 3) Ellie McDonnell, Sonny Bill Williams.


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