From field to show ring clinic at Strule Valley
STRULE Valley Riding Club in Omagh, Co Tyrone held another working hunter competition on Saturday 26th May at the RDA, Arvalee, Omagh in unusually hot temperatures.
The club would like to thank judge Sammy Workman from Co Antrim, scribes Alison Donnell and Emma King, entries Yvonne Chisholm, course builder Raymond Caldwell for building his usual flowing and friendly course and Pamela Caldwell, Pearl Donnell and Geraldine Smith refreshments. Thanks to those who helped clear the arena at the end of the day. Thanks also to Ann and Noel Regan for sponsoring the championship rosettes.
Well done to all those who took part and special thanks to those members of Moorlough Riding Club who supported the event.
Congratulations to the new partnership of Henry Flood and the beautifully turned out Paddy who won Class 160cm ponies and then went on to take the Reserve Champion Working Hunter Pony. Young Brandon Deane and Brooke had a very successful show, winning Class 2 – 70cm ponies and Class 3 – 80cm ponies; then going on to take the title of Champion Working Hunter Pony. Seskinore Harriers Pony Club member, Hannah Leonard and Mulvin Blue Moon took the red rosette in the final pony class of the day.
Darren Preston stood top of the line up in the 1st horse class of the day 70cm horses with the very nice four year old coloured Cobo and then going on to win the Champion Working Hunter Horse Rosette.
Gillian Leitch and her very nice young grey horse, took first place in the 80cm horse class, and then went on to take the Reserve Horse Working Hunter. Winning the 90cm horse class and also the metre class was Darren Preston and Spoony.
The highest placed Strule Valley members who received the ‘Rosie O’Grady Perpetual Cup’ – Star and Dorothy Crawford and George and Alison Donnell.
Class 1 – 60cm ponies: 1st – Paddy & Henry Flood; 2nd – Daisy & Leanne Walmsley-Pledl.
Class 2 – 70cm ponies: 1st – Brooke & Brandon Deane; 2nd – Mandy & Hannah Leonard; 3rd – Daisy & Leanne Walmsley-Pledl; 4th – Derryreel Raj & Dervla Devine.
Class 3 – 80cm ponies: 1st – Brooke & Brandon Deane; 2nd – Mandy & Hannah Leonard; 3rd – Daisy & Leanne Walmsley-Pledl.
Class 4 – 90cm ponies: 1st – Mulvin Blue Moon & Hannah Leonard; 2nd – Daisy & Leanne Walmsley-Pledl.
Champion Pony Working Hunter – Brooke & Brandon Deane
Reserve Pony Working Hunter – Paddy & Henry Flood
Class 5 – 70cm horses: 1st – Cobo & Darren Preston; 2nd – PK & Karen Glendinning; 3rd – Ballygawley Sugababe – Isabel Bell; 4th – Silver Sky & Gillian Leitch; 5th – Ted & Alan Gilchrist; 6th – Chico & Heather Beattie.
Class 6 – 80cm horses: 1st – Silver Sky & Gillian Leitch; 2nd – George & Alison Donnell; 3rd – Cara & Joe Maxwell; 4th – Chico & Heather Beattie; 5th – Ballygawley Sugababe & Isabel Bell; 6th - Backtown Mocho & Darren Preston.
Class 7 – 90cm horses: 1st – Spoony & Darren Preston; 2nd – Star & Dorothy Crawford; 3rd – Cara & Joe Maxwell; 4th – George and Alison Donnell.
Class 8 – 1 metre horses: 1st – Spoony & Darren Preston; 2nd – Ballinvella Cherokee – Hannah Burns.
Champion Horse Working Hunter – Cobo & Darren Preston
Reserve Horse Working Hunter – Silver Sky & Gillian Leitch
Strule Valley members have enjoyed lessons with Mandi King recently at both Ecclesville and Necarne in both flatwork and showjumping.
Members now look forward to a busy summer schedule commencing with cross country training and barbecue next week at the home of Mrs Elsie McVeigh, then everyone is invited to come along to a clinic at Ecclesville entitled ‘From Field to Show Ring’ with Toni Donnelly on Wednesday 13th June commencing at 7pm sharp and £5 each is asked from each person. This is a practical demo and lecture which will cover everything you will need to know to get sorted for the coming show season. Topics which will be covered include horse type and correct conformation, nutrition, health, fitness and training, grooming products and ‘tricks of the trade’, tack and turnout, different classes, correct etiquette and dress for riders. The practical demo will include riders from SV under Toni’s instruction who will be shown how to ride a show correctly and then focus on the proper way of jumping a working hunter course.
Following on from this members will have a chance to have a working hunter lesson with Toni at O’Hagan’s arena and the NIRC Showjumping Championships take place on Saturday 23rd June at the Meadows, in which pre-entry is essential.
The annual summer showjumping league commences on Wednesday 27th June at Ecclesville, Fintona starting at 7pm with the 60cm pony class, followed by 70cm, 80cm, 90cm and the metre class includes a timed round. This runs for four weeks and week four (Wednesday 18th July) is the final.
Sponsors so far include Botanica, Baileys, Equestrian News NI, Sharon Kelly Equine Physiotherapist and Mandi King, BHS II. The Fordie Cathers Perpetual Cup will be awarded to the highest placed SVRC member on the final night.
Cross country training has been planned for the beginning of July with Elsie McVeigh at Drumragh House by kind permission of Helen and David Campbell while showjumping training has been scheduled at Tyrone Farming Society Showgrounds with Mandi King also in July.
August sees something new for members in ‘The Glens Trek’ and cross country/barbecue at the home of Lucinda & Dick Blakiston-Houston, Beltrim Castle, Gortin and proceeds from this will go to ‘Grovehill Animal Trust’. Flatwork training will take place at the end of August with Alison Mastin-Moore at both O’Hagans and Ecclesville.
New members are welcome to join and must be 18 years old and horses four years old.
Further information from Lucinda Blakiston-Houston, chairperson on 816 48207 or Alison Donnell, secretary on 82 246652.
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