LAST weekend (Saturday, November 27) marked the finale of the Northern Ireland Horse Board Three-year-old Loose Jumping Championships. There was £1,000 on offer for the championship that took place in the splendid surroundings of the Castle Irvine Demesne, Necarne by kind permission of Mr Derek Keys.
Under the watchful eye of judge, Liam Buckley, 15 young horses presented for the inaugural running of the Championship for the NI Horse Board.
Following the competition, a NI Horse Board representative said: “We were highly impressed with the turnout of the horses here today, they were extremely well turned out and it is refreshing to see the quality and standard on display. This bodes well for the future of the local sport horse industry. We saw horses today with excellent conformation, movement and ability. We have no doubt that these horses will go on to be produced to the highest standard and will be capable of reaching the highest levels in either eventing, show jumping or working hunter classes.”
Making it a fourth win in loose jumping competitions, Monaghan breeder Ronnie Hollinger’s unnamed bay gelding held his place at the front, after catching the eye of the judge and keeping his stake to the winner’s cheque throughout the competition. Expertly handled on the day by Sarah McMahon, Hollinger’s ‘Camiro de Haar Z’ gelding, is fully home-bred with the sire of the dam ‘Creevagh Ferro Ex Siebe’ and the dam ‘Creevagh Cliff’, both bred by Mr Hollinger.
Saturday, November 27
NIHB Loose Jumping Championship:
1) Unnamed bay gelding by Camiro De Haar Z (Zang). Dam Creevagh Cliff by S. Creevagh Ferro Ex Siebe. Owned and bred by Ronnie Hollinger, Monaghan; 2) Premier Truffle ISH, grey gelding by Chippendale Z. Dam: Cavalaier KD by Cavalier Royale. Breeder: Anne-Marie Rice, Armagh. Owner: Ms Rachel Brown; 3) Killadeas Candy Kid: Sligo Candy Boy x Cruising. Owned and bred by Shirley Bothwell, Enniskillen; 4) Naspahr (KWPN): chestnut gelding by Gasphar. Dam: Heidie by Andiamo. Breeder: Meyelsewag Van Bussel. Owner: Daniel Coyle; 5) GHS Catalina, filly by Casallco x Cavalier Royale. Owned and bred by Leanne Paul; 6) Altaturk Farrah, bay filly by Charisma (KWPN). Dam by For Life Hero by For Pleasure. Owner: Maeve McCall; 7) Dalriadas Boy: Cornets Prinz x Diarado. Owned and bred by Newberry E Wilson, Fintona; 8) SVS Aftershock ISH, bay gelding by Quabri De L’Isle. Dam: SVS Miss Zigali by Kigali. Breeder: Brian Hutchinson, Derry; 9) Ecclesville Candy Floss ISH, grey filly by Candy de Nantuel. Dam: Ecclesville Lady by Clover Echo. Breeder: Newberry E Wilson, Fintona. Owner: Malcom Keys; 10) Unnamed chestnut gelding by Golden Lariat (USA). Dam: Lady Smurfette (IRE) by Naheez (USA). Owned by Derek Maxwell.