15 December 2022 - Flipbook - Page 87
Riders in good form and fancyy dress at Blossomhill
of the 70cm,
ELL done to everyone who took
part in Blossomhill Stables’
six-week showjumping league,
hopefully you all enjoyed it as much as
the organisers did.
Big thanks to Doagh Equestrian and
Judy Maxwell Baileys Horse Feeds for
kind sponsorships and John Gibson
from Sporting Images NI where you can
check out your amazing photos.
It was lovely to see the effort that
everyone put in to their fancy dress
and the progress throughout the six
weeks was brilliant.
n Fancy dress winner Emily
Robertson on Bumble Bee.
NOVEMBER 03 2022
Cross poles - Clarice Irwin (Mint To Be); Faith Thompson
(Penny); Myla McClean (Rosie); Melissa Grifﬁn (Sammy);
Charollett Grifﬁn (Amber); Niamh Mullholand (Simon);
Emily Robertson (Bumblebee); Jordyn Martin (Gem).
50cm - Gail Hadden (Diesel); Marlow McGary (Sonic);
Larissa Irwin (Bailey).
60cm - 1st Gail Hadden (Diesel); 2nd Courtney Emerson
(Simon); 3rd Ruby McCann (Amelia).
70cm - 1st Gareth Dugan (Missy).
80cm - 1st Nicole Lawther (Lyra); 2nd Justine Johnston
(Simon); 3rd Sharon Lappin (Amigo); 4th Gareth Dugan
n 60cm winner Gail Hadden on Diesel. n Nicole Lawther on Lyra, winner of
the 80cm class. (FW44-625JG)
n Clarice Irwin on Mint To Be, with
Justine Johnston leading.
n Myla McClean on Rosie with mum Tiffany
Great turnout for Co Down
hunt despite damp conditions
BY SHAUN O’DEA
ESPITE the weather conditions, the
County Down Hunt meeting attracted
a god turnout plus a hardy contingent
of ten bookmakers, who turned up to
their cost with numerous very well
supported horses winning on the day.
Eleven times All Ireland Champion rider
Derek O’Connor made a now rare visit to
the Northern circuit to successfully partner
January Jets in the featured open contest at
the Loughbrickland point to point for trainer
The winner under a typical patient ride from
the champion, improved over the second four,
but was quickly challenged by the runner-up
Welsh Saint. However O’Connor was always
conﬁdent and asserted before the last.
The former was a high-class performer for
trainer Henry De Bromhead and has a top
end target. McKeever said “He’ll be aimed at
the Aintree Foxhunters. I’m delighted to have
him and was delighted for connections he won
ﬁrst time out.” The rider and trainer are no
strangers to Aintree success having won the
2018 Foxhunters with Balnaslow.
Templepatrick owner Wilson Dennison
continued a successful autumn campaign
when Forcing Bull, trained by Colin McKeever
with Cormac Abernethy aboard, made all for
a convincing victory in the geldings maiden,
improving on his seasonal effort when third at
Toome and is destined for the sales.
Ask Anything provided rider Darragh Higgins
with his second winner in the opener and
another bound for the sales, while the ﬁnale
resulted in a family success with Grain De Folie
proving the runaway winner, scoring by forty
lengths for brother and trainer Martin Fox and
partnered by Anthony Fox.
The Donnchadh Doyle trained Hello Marie
landed the mares maiden with Rob James in
the saddle with only three starters and two
completing the course.
Current All-Ireland Champion rider Barry
O’Neill yet again recorded success locally
when claiming the winners event on the David
Christie trained Ferns Lock.
LOUGHBRICKLAND POINT TO POINT RESULTS
First Race - 1st Ask Anything (Darragh Higgins)
5/1; 2nd Clovis Island; 3rd Annaghbeg. Head – 5,
Second Race - 1st Forcing Bull (Cormac
Abernethy) 6/4 fav; 2nd Ryehill; 3rd Hearts
Corner. 10 – ¾, 8 ran
Third Race - 1st Ferns Lock (Barry O’Neill) 5/4
fav; 2nd Ballymagee; 3rd Well P. 13 – 3, 6 ran
Fourth Race - 1st Hello Marie (Rob James) 4/6
fav; 2nd Finding Fame. three ran two ﬁnishers,
4 lengths, 3 ran
Fifth Race - 1st January Jets (Derek O’Connor)
2/1; 2nd Welsh Saint; 3rd Bajan Excell. 2 – 4, 7
Sixth Race - 1st Grain De Folie (Anthony Fox)
5/4 fav; 2nd Highstreetfahion; 3rd Kalamkan.
40 – 26, 6 ran
UE to the very wet weather and resulting
ground conditions at the end of last
week, the Show Jumping league ﬁnal
due to be held at The Burn, Knockbracken
Healthcare Park, near Carryduff on Sunday,
October 30, has been re-scheduled for this
coming Sunday, November 6.
Jumping will commence at 1pm with a
50/60cm class, followed by 70/80cm and
90cm/1m. The mixed heights in each class
offer a great opportunity for anyone who
is hoping to move up a class, but perhaps
doesn’t feel quite ready to do so.
Organisers are planning to have a wee party
after the jumping to conclude the league.
More details are available on The Burn
Equestrian Centre Facebook page.
SUCCESS: Trainer Graham McKeever, pictured
with Balnaslow, winner of the 2018 Aintree
Foxhunters for the late Peggy Hagan, has
January Jets for a repeat bid success.
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Inviting course for competitors at Connell Hill
ITH classes for all
abilities from 50cm to
Randalstown, continued with its
Unregistered Jumping for horses
and ponies on Saturday, October
With the weather not being
kind, competitors enjoyed the
opportunity to jump a very
inviting course indoors.
Keep an eye on Facebook for
more up and coming shows with
entry online on the website: www.
Saturday, October 29
horses and ponies
50cm: =1) Katie Surgenor,
Tommy; Leanne Rea, Nelson;
Kenzie Potter, Rosie.
60cm: =1) Katie Surgenor,
Tommy; Leanne Rea, Nelson.
70cm: =1) Debbie McNeill, Lilly;
80cm: =1) Lisa Dundee, Penny;
Darragh Murphy, Jack; Amy Lee
90cm: =1) Cheryl Heaney, Lady;
Lisa Dundee, Ciaran; Darragh
1m: 1) Cara Mae O’Connor,
1.10m: =1) Darragh Murphy, Lexi;
Darine O’Connor, Lance.
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