As the early morning mist began to rise, a crisp autumn air greeted riders at the Meadows Equestrian Centre as their autumn winter schedule continued.
In the first competition of the day, the cross poles, three stars of the future took to the main arena onboard their pony pals, to set the standard for the day with three beautiful clear rounds.
As the height of the fences began to increase, so too did the level of show jumping on display, with many of the young riders clearing the John McKeown designed course. Clears from Ella Herron, Elizabeth McCracken and Sophie Hanna ensured the winning rosettes once again had safe homes to go to.
The introduction of small fillers for the 50cms proved to be bothersome for some riders with only Ella Herron with Prancing Queen achieving a clear round. In addition to the numerous young riders in attendance at the Meadows, many seasoned professionals also used the October sun to bring out their youngsters starting their training for the 2016 season.
In the 60cms Magherafelt man Paul Tang was one of several riders using the facilities at the Meadows to full use, bringing forward his four year old ‘NEAT National Treasure’ to his first show. Continuing their recent run of success in the arena, Charlotte McCracken also cleared the course with her grey pony ‘Starlight Silver Express’.
The first CJI winner of the day was Thea Walsh, picking up £10 when she stopped the clock at 44.81 with ‘Corbally Paris’ ahead of Taylor McKnight with Candy Pops.
This was followed in the 80cms with a double clear from Sarah Clarke and Sunrise in the pony category. Sarah’s winning ways continued in the 90cms with yet another double clear in the 90cms, in the horse section Lisa Torrens with Catalina Island. The 1m saw ‘Teluel’ ridden by Robyn McFadden take the win and also receive £10 in the process.
Cash jumping and unregistered classes continues for the next two weeks at the Meadows, with the 3rd leg of their TRI Interschools Series taking place on Saturday 14th November.
Further details are available from the Meadows Equestrian website www.themec.co.uk and The Meadows Equestrian Centre Facebook page.
Cross Poles - Double Clear: Charlotte Betts, Apple Jack and Elizabeth McCracken and Daisy.
40cms - Double Clear: Ella Herron, Prancing Queen; Sophie Hanna, Oreo Patches and Elizabeth McCracken, Daisy.
50cms - Double Clear: Ella Heron and Prancing Queen
60cms - Double Clear: Thea Walsh, Corbally Paris; Paul Tang, Seth and Charlotte McCracken, Starlight Silver Lad.
70cms - Double Clear: Ruth Lyttle, Ginger G & T
70cms CJI Ponies: 1st, Thea Walsh, Corbally Paris (£10); 2nd, Taylor McKnight, Candy Pops
80cms - Double Clears: Lauryn Farrell, Annabelle and Victoria O’Connell, Heidi
80cms CJI Ponies: 1st, Sarah Clarke, Sunrise
80cms CJI Horses: 1st, Lisa Torrens and Catalina Island
90cms - Double Clear: Sarah Clarke, Ice King and Richard Irwin, Connor
90cms CJI Ponies: 1st, Sarah Clarke and Sunrise
90cms CJI Horses: 1st, Lisa Torrens and Catalina Island
1m - Double Clears: Lucy Gibson, Mags; Rhonda Hall, Bill Little; Sarah Clarke, Ice King and Nicole Barr, Gino.
1m CJI Horses: 1st, Robyn McFadden and Teluel (£10).
1.10m - Double Clear: Joanne Wilson, Castle Blaze; Fiona Cooper, Belinsky and Nicole Barr, Gino.
1.20m - Double Clear: Lucy Gibson, Simba and Joanne Wilson, Castle Blaze
1.30m - Double Clear: Lucy Gibson and Simba.