10th June 2021 - Flipbook - Page 61
ATURDAY, July 17 saw competitors
turn down the centre line for the
dressage league at Hagans Croft on
one of the hottest days on record
for Northern Ireland. The judges
certainly had their hats on, as on this rare
occasion, the judge’s car wasn’t in the arena
and instead there were two chairs!
The day started out with the Intro class
and, with a total of 13 competitors, those
combinations had to work hard to gain marks
for accuracy. This wasn’t a problem for one
of the youngest competitors in this class Elizabeth Swift and ‘Eeabrooke Isra’, who
saluted to a score of 69.57% and ﬁrst place.
What a great achievement for this young rider
- organisers look forward to see how they do
throughout the league.
Jackie Flynn and ‘Meikle Dumbledore’ had a
shaky start in the warm up arena, however,
when it came their time they certainly shone,
with a score of 67.39% and second place - just
the conﬁdence boost they needed!
It was then on to Class 2 Newcomers, where
competitors rode a British Dressage Prelim 4
test. Once again, it was one of the youngest
competitors who ﬁnished in the top spot.
Massively improving on their score from the
previous week, Charlie Watson and ‘Master
Casper Boy’ ﬁnished on a very impressive
score of 75.95%; strides ahead of everyone
else, there was no denying them the red
rosette for all their efforts!
Valerie McCracken decided to take the
plunge and take on a Prelim test and their
decision was well worth it, as the pair came
home with a blue ribbon with 61.82%.
Claire Young and ‘Zody’ massively improved
on their score from the week before, in fact
the pair ﬁnished on 76.05%, which was the
best score overall throughout all classes on
the day. It was no surprise that they were
awarded the red ribbon. Erin Mathieson
and her beautiful gelding ‘Colin’ had a great
NOVICE: Bethany Smyth on ‘Dun Surprise’ won
Hagans Croft’s Novice class. (FW29-568NN)
JULY 22 2021
Turning up the heat for Hagans
Croft Dressage League
INTRO: Elizabeth Swift on ‘Eeabrooke Isra’
won Hagans Croft’s Intro class. (FW29-564NN)
day out to ﬁnish on an impressive 71.58%
and second place, lots of pictures ad video
footage were taken of the pair to capture their
The Novice class saw some very strong tests
ridden in front of judge, Claire Sedgeman. Not
much separated the top two spots, with only
0.19% in it. However, it was Bethany Smith and
‘Dun Surprise’ who claimed the red ribbon for
their score of 68.65%, with Kate Russell and
‘Bingo’ in second place with 68.46%.
To ﬁnish the day, two competitors took on
the Elementary class, where both Mandy
Blakely and Elaine Scott executed some
beautiful leg yields across the 20x40 arena.
Mandy and ‘Clerkson’ just tipped Elaine and
‘Mirabelle’ to the top spot with 67.33% and
ﬁrst place, while Elaine brought home the blue
rosette with 66.33%. There was some great
sport between both competitors, including
words of encouragement - well done!
Thank you to all the competitors, who
supported the second leg of this six-week
league - Hagans Croft hopes to see everyone
again next week. Thanks are extended to
judges Coreen Abernethy, Claire Sedgeman
and to all the stewards, who make the event
run so smoothly. The league continues every
Saturday until August 14 and is open to all
competitors, even if you are not wishing to
qualify for the league.
To qualify for the ﬁnal in week six, each
announced for 2021 FEI
HORSE Sport Ireland (HSI) has announced (in
alphabetical order) the Gain Equine Nutrition Irish
U16 (Pony) Dressage team that will compete at this
year’s FEI European Championships for Ponies,
which will take place at Strzegom, Poland from
August 11 to 15.
The Gain Equine Nutrition Irish U16 (Pony)
Dressage team in alphabetical order is:
Rachel Carr with ‘Calelvador May Blossom’ (GBR
- Welsh Pony & Cob Society);
Cillian Curran with ‘Blokland’s Hoeve’s Amor’
(NED - Welsh Pony);
Louise Hooijen with ‘Valhallas Zorro’ (GBR Welsh Pony & Cob Society);
Oscar O’Connor with ‘Top Hero 2’ (GER Westfälisches Pferdestammbuch e.V.).
Non-travelling Reserves in alphabetical order:
Shauna Fitzgibbon with ‘Damocles LL’ (GBR - PetID Equine / JRC Horse Register);
Ellen McDonald with ‘Dante Alighieri’ (GER
- Verband der Pony- und Kleinpferdezüchter
Speaking after the announcement, Anne Marie
Dunphy, Horse Sport Ireland Youth Dressage Team
Manager, said: “With six strong combinations
making it to the ﬁnal selection phase, each round
became more competitive as the athletes gave it
their all, making it an extremely tough decision.
I would like to congratulate the athletes, parents,
coaches and support teams for their excellent work
and commitment to the High Performance Youth
Dressage Programme and look forward to seeing
the team compete at the Championships.”
horse/ pony and rider combination must
compete in four out of the six weeks and within
the same dressage class. Competitors must
be present at the ﬁnal to be eligible for league
placings. Scoring is based on a points system
and details of league scores can be found
on Hagans Croft’s website or facebook page.
Rosettes are awarded to the ﬁrst six placings
each week and within the overall league
placings. Everyone is welcome to compete
at the ﬁnal in week six, with a separate prize
giving held for those competing on the day
and those competing within the league.
This event is pre-entry only, with entries via
Hagans Croft website or download the Hagans
Croft App onto your smart phone. Please see
Facebook or Instagram page for more details
or contact Gillian on 07849 106453.
Saturday, July 17
Class 1: INTRO - British Dressage
Introductory B, 2009: 1) Elizabeth Swift,
Eeabrook Isra 69.57%; 2) Jackie Flynn,
Meikle Dumbledore 67.39%; 3) Jo McKelvie,
Peri 66.52%; 4) Andrew Ross, Military Road
64.78%; 5) Kristina Hayes, Ruby 64.35%; 6)
Claire Walker, Blaze 64.13%.
Class 2: NEWCOMERS PRELIM - British
Dressage, Prelim 4, 2002: 1) Charlie Watson,
Master Casper Boy 75.95%; 2) Valerie
McCracken, Big Promise 61.82%; 3) Lauren
Gordon, Sparrow 60%; 4) Lea Bleeks, High
Meadows PJ 57.73%; 5) Lauren Gordon, Yorkie
WELL DONE: Claire Young on ‘Zody’ won the
Prelim class at Hagans Croft with the best
score of the day! (FW29-566NN)
Class 3: PRELIM - British Dressage, Prelim
1, 2006: 1) Claire Young, Zody 76.05%; 2) Erin
Mathieson, Colin 71.58%; 3) Kelsea Maginnis,
Mia 70.79%; 4) Bethany Smith, Goldengrove
Silhouette 70.53%; 5) Margaret Kidd, Madison
69.47%; 6) Victoria Laverty, Indi 68.95%.
Class 4: NOVICE - British Dressage, Novice
30, 2006: 1) Bethany Smith, Dun Surprise
68.65%; 2) Kate Russell, Bingo 68.46%; 3) Elaine
Scott, Mirabelle 67.69%; 4) Olivia Courtney,
Moo 67.31%; 5) Katie Watson, Lissyegan Bay
News 65.96%; 6) Erin Mathieson, Colin 65.38%.
Class 5: ELEMENTARY - British Dressage,
Elementary 49, 2009: 1) Mandy Blakely,
Clerkson 67.33%; 2) Elaine Scott, Mirabelle
in the Intro
ON FORM: Erin Mathieson on ‘Colin’ came
second in the Prelim class at Hagans Croft.
Summer SJI Horse League at Connell Hill
HE summer horse league continued
at Connell Hill, Randalstown last
Thursday, with all competitors
enjoying the fantastic weather. Thanks are
extended to judges, Nicola Tang, Pauline
McAuley, Gordon Ireland, Rosemary Fisher
and Julie Barr and to all who helped make
a very successful and enjoyable show for
both competitors and spectators. All show
details and entry can be found on the
Thursday, July 15
80cm - Double clear: Jenny Beattie, Rose
90cm - Double clear: Rachel Brown,
Brocka Blue; Liam McGarry, Javas Pandora;
Vicki Dible, Philandro; Donna Campbell,
Something about Mary Lou; Naimh Mallon
PLACED: Aileen Feeney and ‘Rico’s
Patience’ came fifth in the 1.10m class at
the SJI Summer Horse League at Connell
JUMPING WELL: Brendan Doherty and
‘Springhill Casanova’ came second in the
1.10m and fourth in the 1.20m class at the
SJI Summer Horse League at Connell Hill.
PICTURES: courtesy of Lyndon McKee
1m - Double clear: Ruth Will, Burst of
Classe; Samantha Billings, Doonini Z;
Jodie Creighton, Ferro Charm; Jonathan
Smyth, Hazels Joy; Liam McGarry, Kingday;
Jonathan Smyth, Larkhill Cruisette; Ruth
Will, Lord of the Two Lands; Peter Smyth,
Miss Natasha; Vicki Dible, Philandro; Keith
McDonald, Springburn Shutterﬂy; Niamh
Mallon McFall, Sydneyvolo.
1.10m: 1) Christopher Brown, Calgot
Cruise; 2) Brendan Doherty, Springhill
Ballylurgan What Lux; 4) Sarah Irwin, Billy
Murphy; 5) Aileen Feeney, Rico’s Patience;
6) Blathnaid Doherty, Carrabawn Cruise.
1.20m: 1) Aileen Feeney, Lisbracken
ACTION: Georgia Kelly and ‘Atlantic Mist Z’
in action at the SJI Summer Horse League
at Connell Hill. (FW29-542NN)
Tilson; 2) Aileen Feeny, Jessica R; 3) Gareth
Saunderson, Pomme D’Api Van Overis; 4)
Brendan Doherty, Springhill Casanova; 5)
Christopher Brown, Centadel Sensation; 6)
Taylor Hunter, Bann View Ferro.
1.30m: 1) Peter Smyth, White Lilly; 2)
Taylor Hunter, Bann View Ferro; 3) Peter
Smyth, Sandyhill Lordbella.
Tullymurry to host
Go As You Please
THE cross-country course at Tullymurry
Equestrian, Clough, Downpatrick will be
open for Go As You Please every day from
Monday, July 26 through to and including
Saturday, July 31.
For details, phone 028 4481 1880.