The penultimate leg of the Baileys Horse Feeds Flexi Eventing League took place on a much warmer day than we have had to date, albeit punctuated with a short, sharp shower.
Excitement is certainly mounting as the final approaches with very little separating the top twelve competitors so there is everything to play for going into next week’s final.
Helen Faulkner and the purebred Connemara gelding, Derrivane Danny, secured victory in the Intermediate class for the second successive week with a very impressive score in excess of 80 percent. Following behind was Nicky Nesbitt with her mare, Ringfort India, a combination also showing consistent form over the course of the League.
The Novice class saw the very busy Emma Jackson take top spot on Billy, marginally ahead of the runner up, Justine Harding with Joanne Jarden’s MJI Cabernet.
The trip from Sligo was very worthwhile for solicitor and part time farmer, Donnacha Anhold who swept to victory in a very large Pre Novice class with DBS Springbank, a thirteen year old gelding sired by Kiltealy Spring. He also picked up a fourth place in the very strong Novice class with AP Topstar. Runner up in the Pre Novice class was one of the younger competitors of the day, fourteen year old Ellie Parkhill and Mac who had every reason to be celebrating her success as her previous visit to the venue with this mount resulted in an emergency dash to the RVH with a fractured leg.
Another very happy young rider was Ciara Gilroy who picked up the top prize in the Intro class with Little Rock Lux, an eight year old by VDL Arkansas out of a Lux Z mare. This gelding was broken less than two years ago and shows great promise with his rider, Ciara, who is brushing up her dressage skills under the tutelage of Sasha Stewart. This combination are looking forward to the start of the eventing season. Susan Cumiskey tucked in behind in second place with Dusty, a full Connemara by Robe Thunder out of a fugitive mare bred by David Morrison at the Holiday Stud in Portadown. The mare, which is owned by Amanda Dempsey, mainly competed at Working Hunter until this winter when Susan and her daughter Abby began their eventing preparation of showjumping and dressage. This is another combination we look forward to seeing out at the start of the season.
Showjumping was again very busy with great compliments being paid on the educational courses for all classes which are becoming progressively more technical week on week.
This series of Flexi Eventing is proving to be very educational for all participants.
Once again, sincere thanks go to all Officials – Judges, Scribes, Call Up Stewards, Arena Part, Scorers, Admin Team who work long hours to ensure that a high quality of sport is enjoyed by so many.
Dressage entries for next week’s final should be with Dora by 6pm latest on Wednesday.
The up to date League table will be posted on Facebook and on the Meadows Equestrian website. Please notify Dora by Thursday of any inaccuracies as mistakes cannot be rectified after this point.
Arena 1 – Intro – Judge Martina McKinley: 1, Ciara Gilroy, Little Rock Lux; 2, Susan Cummiskey, Dusty; 3, Lucy Hanna, Mav; 4, David O’Connor, Darcy; 5, Heather Champion, Louis; 6= David O’Connor, Jordie & Lynn Patterson, Stainsby Free Spirit.
Arena 2 – Pre Novice – Judge Angelene Nicholson: 1, Donnacha Anhold, DBS Springbank; 2, Ellie Parkhill, Mac; 3, Neil Morrison, Two Bob; 4, Kathryn Graham, Flush Hill Fendi; 5, Johnny Mulligan, Mando; 6, Emma Jackson, Vinnie.
Arena 3 – Novice - Judge Myra Greeves: 1, Emma Jackson, Billy; 2, Justine Harding, MJI Cabernet; 3, Izzy Riley, Ballycarron Lad; 4, Donnacha Anhold, AP Topstar; 5, Jaemi Cochrane, Kilpatrick Honey; 6, Emma Jackson, Silky.
Arena 3 – Intermediate - Judge Myra Greeves: 1, Helen Faulkner, Derrivane Danny; 2, Nicky Nesbitt, Ringfort India; 3, Emma Jackson, Amy; 4, Angela Penman, Ballymorran Heaven Sent; 5, Louise Nicholson, Drumaknockan Easter Charm; 6, Anna Lyons, Rafa.
Showjumping (double clears)
80cms: Mailliadh Magee, Dakota Cruise, Rachael Connell, Ringfort Caruso, Rachel Heaney, George, Judith Graham, Pablo, Janie Cairns, Apache, Judith Lyttle, Freddie, Katie McKee, Jack
90cms: Caroline Hunter, Colour Me Clover, Johnny Mulligan, Mando, Megan Norton, Hattie, Felicity Johnston, Blue Cobweb
1m: Judith Graham, Levi, Cheryl Stevenson, Rebel, Gwen Scott, Pocket Watch, David O’Connor, Shaunie, William Greene, Porsche, Emma Jackson, Willow, Gareth Nethercote, Clover Martin, , Joshua Russell, Ron, Eric Pele, Lisbane Wizard, Rory Lavery, Reme, Gwen Scott, Betty, Pauline Faloon, Carlingford Sebastian, Kathryn Graham, Flutter Bye, Nicky Nesbitt, Ringfort India, Debbie McClean, Chance, Stephen Gibson, Cobby, Herbie Purce, Stan
1.10m: Mikey McGaffin, Ferros Diablo, Gemma Goodrich, Miss Clover Rock, Abi Carlisle, Monkey, Izzy Riley, Ballycarron Lad, Charlotte Eakin, Vigo, Lucy Hamilton, Lily, Anna Kelly, Tizzy, Harriet Pele, Drumcill Grey Ambition, Anna Lyons, Rafa, Gwen Scott, Alfie, Laura Sloan, Cornascriebe Cava Diamond, Trina Cody, Ruby, Harriet Pele, Lisbane Pacino, Gwen Scott, Rosie, Johnny Mulligan, Jack, Gareth Nethercote, Highvaro, Emma Jackson, Silky, Emma Jackson, Billy, Emma Jackson, Amy, Robyn McCluskey, Hector, Vicky Dobbin, Bella, Lucy Hanna, Nelly, Neil Morrison, Cheeky
1.20m: No double clears
1.30m: William Greene, Aaron
Cross Country (clear round): Andree Fitchee, Jackpot, Pauline Faloon, Carlingford Sebastian, Johnny Kerr, Maisie.