The Northern Region of Eventing Ireland held their awards ball at La Mon House Hotel last Saturday to promote and celebrate the organisation’s many eventing achievements in 2015.
More than 600 competitors, sponsors, supporters, owners, breeders and landowners were in attendance.
Georgia Stubington, chair of Eventing Ireland, took to the stage together with Northern Region Chair, Catherine Abbott, to present the Awards, a full list of which is detailed below.
A very worthy winner of the Bright Outlook Memorial Trophy, which Nicky Nesbitt and her husband, Richard, award annually to the person whom they regard best embraces the Sportsman criteria and ethos, was Denis Currie. Denis certainly fulfilled this criteria, being a regular Sportsman competitor although he was forced to miss a number of events following surgery. However, he was always on hand to provide help and encouragement to fellow competitors as well as assist with the organisation of the various courses.
The recipient of the Roy Pugh Memorial Award was Steven Goodrich who received a Beautiful print for the most deserving groom, as chosen by Ruth Eyre-Pugh from nominations submitted.
In her judging summary, Ruth said she was very impressed by the strong pool of contenders but Gemma’s nomination of her husband stood out because Steven’s support of Gemma was a mirror image of the support which Roy gave her whilst she was juggling between eventing, work and a young family. Unfortunately the multitasking super groom was not present to receive his award as he was babysitting but it was picked up by his nominating wife, Gemma.
The magnificent efforts of the Northern Region members who represented Ireland at various events throughout the year were also acknowledged.
In particular, Susi Berry with Carsonstown Athena and Harold Megahey with Chuckleberry, who were on the Bronze winning team at the Young Rider European Championships at Strzegom in Poland, and Joseph Murphy and Westwinds Hercules who were on the winning team at the final of the FEI Eventing Nations Cup at Boekelo.
Clare Abbott also received recognition for coming 9th in the CCI 4* in Pau, France.
There was a very successful auction, compered by Raymond Bready as well as a ballot of many items. The Northern Region is deeply indebted to all those who provided auction and ballot items.
Special thanks to Clare Medland who presented Northern Region with a green Rolltack which had been autographed by many international riders over the course of this year. This was auctioned for MacMillan Cancer Support by Connor Strain in memory of Doreen Beggs.
The Bizz, as always, provided excellent music and revellers continued to enjoy the occasion well into the following day.
Please note that next year’s Ball will take place on Saturday 19th November.