Competition hots up at league

Flight of the Phoenix and Andrew Robinson stride forward - Photo by Equi-Tog
Flight of the Phoenix and Andrew Robinson stride forward - Photo by Equi-Tog
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November 9th was a busy dressage day at Laurel View Equestrian Centre for the second leg of the Winter Dressage League.

Debbie Osborough had the delightful task of judging the walk trot competitors as they stepped out for the Pony Club D Level test. Katherine Barnes and Ballinarry Pepsi Lee had the best moves on the day scoring 73.85%.

Erin Faloona and Margie Mac step into Class 4 1st place - Photo by Equi-Tog

Erin Faloona and Margie Mac step into Class 4 1st place - Photo by Equi-Tog

The blue ribbon went to JJ and Diane Jones. Third placed competitor Jean Topping and her grand-daughter Chelsea were doing well as they managed to pick up rosettes at two different equestrian centres on the same day.

Debbie also judged the Newcomers and the winning rosette for the Pony Club C Level test went to Holly Reilly and It’s Just Jake. The runner up spot in this class was earned by Bree Rutledge and Jewel.

Ivor Harper judged the very strong Prelim 7 class awarding Darryl McKinney and Ballylin Ben the top spot with a super 75%. The Wizard of Oz and Sophie Winn also hit the seventies to score second place.

Martina McKinley came equipped for the outdoor judge’s box in November and cast her eye over the competitors riding Prelim 15. Top scorer in this class was Erin Faloona riding Margie Mac, with the blue ribbon for this class going to Darryl McKinney and Ballylin Ben.

Third in Class 4 for Oakhill Charm and Jennifer McCann - Photo by Equi-Tog

Third in Class 4 for Oakhill Charm and Jennifer McCann - Photo by Equi-Tog

After some warming soup Martina McKinley continued to judge the Novice competitors and the winning pair were Tick It and Penny Murphy, with Wish and Ruaidhri O’Cainain coming in a close second place.

The Open competitors were a little thin on the ground, but Angelene Nicholson lent her expert eye to judge the class and the red ribbon went to Penny Murphy and Tick It for their Novice test.

The Equi-Tog photographer thankfully returned home with all his fingers and toes intact despite the cold November wind. Photos captured can be requested from info@equi-tog.com

As ever Laurel View are indebted to the competitors, judges and scribes, who along with the Laurel View team make it all possible and worthwhile.

There is no December dressage competition as there are just not enough Sundays to fit it all in, so the third leg in the Winter League will take place next year on the 11th January. Entries are open and can be taken right up until noon on Thursday 8th. For full details of the Festive activities, keep an eye on the Laurel View events at facebook.com/laurelview or just ring the office on 028 9083 0649.

Results

Winter Dressage League (2 of 6)

9.11.14

Class 1 - PC D Level (walk/trot)

Judge - Debbie Osborough

1st Ballinarry Pepsi Lee, Katherine Barnes, 73.85; 2nd JJ, Diane Jones, 69.62; 3rd Mr G, Jean Topping, 67.69; 4th Abbey, Anya Skilling, 67.69; 5th Oliver Twist, Chelsea Topping, 66.54; 6th The Accountant, Judith Hughes, 66.54.

Class 2 - PC C Level (Newcomers)

Judge - Debbie Osborough

1st It’s Just Jake, Holly Reilly, 65.00; 2nd Jewel, Bree Rutledge, 63.67; 3rd Beanie, Kirsten Patterson, 63.67; 4th Jeannie, Angela Hutchinson, 62.67; 5th Jazz Black Jack, Victoria Nelson, 62.00; 6th Lily, Janinne Thompson, 60.67.

Class 3 - Prelim 7

Judge - Ivor Harper

1st Ballylin Ben, Darryl McKinney, 75.00; 2nd Wizard of Oz, Sophie Winn, 70.50; 3rd Flight of the Phoenix, Andrew Robinson, 70.25; 4th Ollie, Leah Knight, 70.25; 5th Leitrim Native Choice, Helen Cunningham, 69.75; 6th Derryvane Danny, Hannah Tisdale, 69.50.

Class 4 - Prelim 15

Judge - Martina McKinley

1st Margie Mac, Erin Faloona, 70.87; 2nd Ballylin Ben, Darryl McKinney, 70.43; 3rd Oakhill Charm, Jennifer McCann, 67.83; 4th Leitrim Native Choice, Helen Cunningham, 66.30; 5th Carter, Helen Faulkner, 66.09; 6th Hollymeadow Star, Shauna O’Connell, 66.09.

Class 5 - Novice 23

Judge - Martina McKinley

1st Tick It, Penny Murphy, 70.37; 2nd Wish, Ruaidhri O’Cainain, 69.81; 3rd Margie Mac, Erin Faloona, 64.81; 4th Oakhill Charm, Jennifer McCann, 64.81; 5th Valco, Samantha McDermott, 61.85; 6th Milo, Leah Knight, 61.11.

Class 6 - Open

Judge - Angelene Nicholson

1st Tick It (Nov), Penny Murphy, 64.82.