15 December 2022 - Flipbook - Page 81
ATURDAY, October 29, was
an extremely wet day
when all the true working
hunters came out at
Hagans Croft to brave the
A total of 21 horses and 12 ponies
jumped the course of ten rustic
fences which compromised of a
rustic Thomas the Tank Engine
train, a stone cart, barrels, rustic
gates and brush fences.
There was plenty to look at and
very educational for all horses,
ponies and riders involved.
Classes started with the 60cm
hunter and 4 year old class and
ﬁnished with the 90cm hunter and
NIF qualiﬁer class.
The day belonged to Megan
Norton and ‘BT Rock and Roller’
who placed ﬁrst in the 80cm horse
class and second in the 90cm
horse class with two super clear
rounds in their jumping phases
and a consistent show phase.
The pair went into the Championship show and really had the
opportunity to show off their walk,
trot and canter transitions in front
of judge Julie Donaghy Simpson,
with their gallop winning them the
accolade of Horse Champion on
Reserve Champion was awarded
to Anthea Steele and her lovely
mare ‘Dixie’. The pair placed
second in the 80cm horse class
and fourth in the 85cm small
The pair went into the championship and really impressed the
judge with consistency through
their transitions and manners and
performance throughout. A great
day at the ofﬁce. Well done girls!
After the lunch break it was back
out into the rain for the ponies.
For the second week in a row it
was a champion day for Jocelyn
and ‘Minion’, this formidable pair
ﬁnished on a top score of 96/100 in
the 60cm class which set them up
for the championship class at the
end of the day.
Admittedly judge Julie Donaghy
WORKING HUNTER LEAGUE & NIF
Saturday, October 29:
Working Hunter Horses
Champion Horse - Megan Norton, BT Rock
and Roller; Reserve - Anthea Steele, Dixie.
60cm Working Hunter Horse & 4 year old
Working Hunter Horse NIF - 1) Shannon
Baird, Oliver Twist.
70cm Working Hunter Horse - 1) Karina
McVeigh, Coco; 2) Hannah Danks, Benvarden
Clouseau; 3) Shannon Baird, Oliver Twist; 4)
Ebony Ritchie, Assagart Eternal.
80cm Working Hunter Horse NIF - 1) Megan
Norton, BT Rock and Roller; 2) Anthea Steele,
NOVEMBER 03 2022
IN ACTION: Anthea Steele in action on Dixie.
Simpson had a tough championship
to judge but Jocelyn and ‘Minion’s’
consistency throughout and seamless transitions, ﬁnished off with
a fantastic gallop down the long
side stole the championship!
This is the second week in a row
Jocelyn and Minion have achieved
this accolade, therefore we look
forward to what next week’s ﬁnal
Reserve Champion pony went
to Heather Steele and ‘Harry’ who
placed second in the 60cm class
and went into the championship
with a foot perfect performance.
Well done to both competitors.
Hagans Croft would like to thank
everyone who supported the third
week of their 4-week working
hunter league and NIF Qualiﬁers.
Thanks are extended to judge Julie
Donaghy Simpson, scribe Katie
and all the stewards and arena
party for making the event run so
Dixie; 3) Karina McVeigh, Coco; 4) Leanne
Sullivan, Ted; 5) Ebony Ritchie, Assagart
Eternal; 6) Lucy Stewart, Lenny.
85cm Small Working Hunter Horse (not
exceeding 158cm) NIF - 1) Aimee McKeown,
Russel; 2) Stephanie Farren, Crystal; 3) Darcy
Feeney, Simply Bear; 4) Anthea Steele, Dixie.
90cm Working Hunter Horse NIF - 1) Aimee
McKeown, Russel; 2) Megan Norton, BT Rock
and Roller; 3) Leanne Sullivan, Ted; 4) Lucy
Stewart, Lenny; 5) Stephanie Farren, Crystal;
6) Deirdre Vallely, Flagstaff Dream.
Working hunter ponies
Champion Pony - Jocelyn Hutchinson, Minion;
Reserve - Heather Steele, Harry.
TAKING PART: Megan Norton riding BT Rock & Roller.
SUCCESS: Reserve Champion pony, Heather Steele on Harry, and
Champion Pony, Jocelyn Hutchinson on Minion. (FW44-603NN)
60cm Working Hunter Pony NIF Starter
Stakes & M&M - 1) Jocelyn Hutchinson,
Minion; 2) Heather Steele, Harry; 3) Jocelyn
Hutchinson, Ashfield Dreamcatcher; 4)
Holly Webber, Bluebell; 5) Daniel Kennedy,
70cm Working Hunter Pony NIF Starter
Stakes & M&M - 1) Erin Mathieson, Dinky; 2)
Eva Kennedy, Casey; 3) Jocelyn Hutchinson,
Ashfield Dreamcatcher; 4) Anthea Steele,
Drake; 5) Kerry McGrady, Fonzie.
80cm Working Hunter Pony NIF 133cm also
M&M - 1) Anthea Steele, Drake.
90cm Working Hunter Pony NIF 143cm also
M&M - 1) Chloe McLaughlin, Teddy Boy.
ARRIVAL: Santas arriving in Saintfield town, led
LEADING THE SANTAS: The real Santa leads the way into Saintfield by the real Santa in Kane’s magnificent carriage.
town in Angelo Kane’s magnificent carriage. (FW44-541NN)
This event is pre-entry only
with entries taken via Hagans
Crofts website www.haganscroft
equestrian.co.uk or you can
download and enter through the
Hagans Croft App. Entries close
each Thursday at 8pm prior to
Saturday’s event and start times
are posted online Thursday
Photographs can be purchased
online from Black Horse Photography.
n To ﬁnd out more about the
league, please contact Gillian on
07849 106453 or go to the website
SANTAS: The Santas swarm Saintfield town during the annual
Saintfield Christmas Charity Santa Ride. (FW44-543NN)
Saintfield looks ahead to another Christmas Charity Santa Ride
ALLING all Santas! It’s beginning to
look a lot like Christmas... Preparations
are well underway for the spectacular
annual Saintﬁeld Christmas Charity Santa
Ride, which is now into its 16th year.
This year’s ride will take place on Saturday,
December 3 from 50 Lisburn Road, Saintﬁeld,
by kind permission of Gordon Andrews; a
special thank you must go to Marcus McVeigh
(McVeigh Contracts) for allowing the use of
the yard and Easy Shine NI car wash.
The Santas will arrive at 11am for a mulled
wine and mince pie reception. At 12 noon
they will mount up and ride into town,
led by the REAL SANTA in Angelo Kane’s
magniﬁcent horse-drawn carriage. At 1.15pm,
Saintﬁeld town will be transformed into a
sea of red, when the swarms of Santas on
horseback arrive to be greeted by hundreds
of well wishers. Live Christmas music will
ring out throughout the town - a sure sign that
Christmas has arrived once more!
n Further details will follow - please
contact Joan Cunningham on 07775 860744;
or go to www.saintﬁeldhorseshow.com/
christmascharityride. The cost of the ride
is adults £20; children £10; with all proceeds
going to The Ugandan Project.