A mammoth entry of more than 400 took to the arenas at the Meadows Equestrian Centre, Lurgan, to start off the events for August.
Divided over three arenas competitors had lots to choose from, Show Jumping, Dressage and the inaugural Northern Ireland Foal Championship supported by the Northern Ireland Horse Board.
It was a busy day in the Show Jumping arenas with both Show Jumping Ireland and Cash Jumping Arenas reporting a surge in entries.
In the SJI arena, it was a good day for Rory Lavery winning the 1.10m on board George Stewart’s Mr Mee, the same combination were beaten to the 1.20m win also by Seamus McSorley riding his fathers’ Quarrycrest Clover.
The Cash Jumping Ireland arena also saw an increase in entries with more than 40 riders taking to Arena 2 in one of the classes. The big money however was won by Colleen Glasgow and Lakeview Concun Diamond in the 1.10m taking home £35 in the process.
Riders should note there will be no Show Jumping at the Meadows for two weekends due to Dublin Show and the International Dressage event. Show Jumping will recommence with the MEC Championships taking place from 20th-23rd August.
In the absence of a National Horse Championship it is hoped that this event will give riders the opportunity to ride at one of Ireland’s premier facilities as well as hosting TRM/ Horse Ware Premier Grand Prix final, ISH Studbook finals, Amateur Leddy League Qualifier and the TRM National Grand Prix Series.
Bookings are now being taken for stabling at the championships and can be booked by contacting the MEC on 028 38322 417 or through the website www.themec.co.uk.
NORTHERN IRELAND FOAL SHOW
In its inaugural year the championships were devised with the aim to “identify, evaluate and reward breeders who have bred a foal that has the potential to be competitive at the highest international level”.
At the Northern leg of the National Qualifiers, which also was the NI Championships, 25 foals took centre stage to compete in the Eventing and Show Jumping sections.
Nigel Peters’ OBOS Quality 004 filly took the Eventing filly category, bred from an Aldatuus Z dam. Judges Janet Murray and Kieran Ryan were very impressed, resulting in the first place rosette and qualification to compete at the National finals later this month.
The winning eventing colt also gaining qualification was bred by Debbie McClean from her Acclaimation dam, Cocktail party; the colt sired by Belgian Warmblood, Ramiro B.
In the Show jumping section judges Tom Slattery and John Hughes cast a watchful eye over the section and decided that Carol Armstrong’s filly by KWPN Stallion ‘Plot and Lawrence Patterson’s Tolan R Colt were worthy winners of their respective sections also.
SHOW JUMPING IRELAND
SJI 1: 90cms - 1st= T Smith’s Lakeya (T Smyth); C Gibson’s Merlins Tango (L Gibson); G Carlisle’s Maggie May (G Carlisle); J McLernon’s Frackleton Marrinella (J McLearon); C Doherty’s Knockalla Hold Up (L Clibburn); D Moore’s Lahorna Lady (D Moore) and E Stafford’s Ervrosewood Show Girl (J Smyth).
SJI 2: 1metre - 1st D Barret Davis’s Keeford O’Reilly (W Green); 2nd A Torrens’s Lackaview Star Appeal (J Torrens); 3rd E Pele’s Lisbane Fly (H Pele); 4th L Mahon’s Ardnaglass Lizzie(T Crossan); 5th R Armstrong’s Lauras Echo (R Armstrong)
Also double clear: C Compton’s Kool Kavactor (C Compton); J McDowell’s Imp Girl (M McDowell); L Glendinning’s Tirconail Well Done (L Glendinning); Heffron Equine Ltd’s Hold Up Princess (H Smith); T Woods’ Miss Behave (Z Woods); J Sloan Allen’s WKD Aimez Moi (L McKee); B Adrain’s Crusing’s Spider Man (B Adrain); M Beattie’s DSH Good Feeling (M Beattie); Heffron Equine Ltd’s Newmarket Rena (H Smith); J Sloan Allen’s WKD Magic (L McKee); U Bamford’s Ludovick (U Bamsford); N Smyth’s Over Budget (J Smyth); M McParland’s Dans View (R Brown); J Pandergast’s Goulane Ruby (C Dawson); E Quinn’s Lama Cruise (E Quinn); D Newberry’s Lurgan Air (D Newberry); M Cave’s Second City (M Cave); Hefforn Equine Ltd’s Lissangle Mr Brave (H Smith); L Allen’s Ardnacashel Kadabra (L Allen); O Ward’S Ardragh Tim Tam (M Cave) and C Kelly’s Cruise Liner (C Kelly).
SJI 3: 1.10m - 1st G Stewart’s Mr Mee (R Lavery); 2nd D Atcheson’s Echoes of Time (D Atcheson); 3rd A Torrens’s Lackaview Star Appeal (J Torrens); 4th F Kennedy’s Chekane (E Humphries); 5th P Mulrine’s Charlton Cleo (M Mulrine); 6th J Harris’s Coppendel Concorde (J Harris)
Also Double Clear: L Allen’s Diamond Dollie (L Allen); J Evans’s Red Ruby Rouge (J Evans); J Adrain’s Diamond Lux (S Adrain); P McCollum’s Coco Chanel (E McCollum); Heffron Equine Ltd’s Oliver Twister (H Smith); S McCormick’s Argentino Tango (A McCormick); C Greenan Carrigogunnel Galaxy (C Greenan); P Campbell’s Knee Deep (L Campbell); D Tracey’s Golden News (D Tracey); W Anderson’s Creevagh Limited Edition (W Anderson); K Greer’s Double Bay (K Greer); R Moore’s Altaskin Buddy (D Atcheson); C Breslin’s Captain Pleasure (C Breslin); D Gibson’s Servant’s Boy (S Gibson); B Adrain’s Cruisings Spider Man (B Adrain); A McKeown’s Carrickview Diamond (A McKeown); A Johnson’s Sheer Alaya (L Campbell); M Beattie MB Up and Away (M Beattie); P Connon’s Atricia Roundthorn (S Posnett); E Quinn’s Watch Your Step (E Quinn); V Golden’s Bonnie Miss Sarco (V Golden); R Harding’s Deepspring Tookanoo (C Harding); S Moore’s Shameless (S Moore) and P Smyth’s Aurther Hill (P Smyth)
SJI 4: 1.20m - 1st B McSorley’s Quarrycrest Clover (S McSorley); 2nd G Stewart’s Mr Mee (R Lavery); 3rd P Mulrine’s Admiran Oh Me (D Mulrine); 4th P Posnett’s Queen of Clubs (S Posnett); 5th B Armstrong’s Orchard Echo (S Posnett; 6th D Gaw’s Ardnacashel Coovella (P Gaw)
Also Double Clear: M McShane’s MMS Camilla (M McShane); T Treanor’s Zentus T (M McShane); M Beattie’s Mullentine Magic (M Beattie); T Woods’s Without Permission (Zoe Woods); L Reid’s Bobby (L Reid); R Craig’s Beltrim Brother Eva (J Smyth); B Adrain’s Sligo Lucky One (S Adrain); P Boyle’s Delton (M Cave); C Compton’s Daingeann Sunday Spirit (T Compton); C Cathers’s Ping Ball (J Smyth); McLoughlin Brothers’s Jack Diamond (E Little); T O’Shea’s CSF Olympic You Too (L Clibburn); P Smyth’s Aurthur Hill (P Smyth); C Doherty’s Beach Station (P Smyth) and W Lynch’s Lisbracken Tilson (L Clibburn).
SJI 5: 1.30m - 1st Brendan & Ann Marie McSorley’s Beach Ball (S McSorley); 2nd K Gallagher’s Gregory Courage (P Smyth); 3rd P Caves’s Quinten (P Cave); 4th P Mulrine’s Admiran Oh Me (D Mulrine); 5th D Gaw’s Ardnacashel Coovella (P Gaw); R Smyth’s Charlton Clio (J Smyth)
Also Double Clear: Applemount Sport Horses’s Trebra Douglas (L Campbell); M Cave’s Ballybean (M Cave); B Megahey’s Charming Lady (C Megahey) and R Smyth’s Admiran Nutmeg (L Smyth).
CASH JUMPING IRELAND
CJI3P: 80cms Ponies - 1st Hugo O’Neill, Silver Fox III (£15.00)
CJI4H: 90cm Horses - 1st Victoria Minnis, Cappulcorragh Perfect Dream (£15.00)
CJI5H: 1m Horses - 1st Colleen Glasgow, Lakeview Concun Diamond (£35.00); 2nd Joanne Jarden, SBT Upmarket (£10)
Northern Ireland Foal Championship (Including Qualifier for HSI Foal Championship)
Eventing Filly: 1st – Filly by OBOS Quality 004[OLD] out of an Altdatus Z[OLD] dam [Dam: Flora Belle] (Owner: Nigel Peters); 2nd- Filly by Ramiro B [BWP] out of an Acclamation[GB] [TB] dam [Dam: Cocktail Party] (Owner: Debbie McClean)
Eventing Colt: 1st- Colt by Clarkenwell [USA] [TB] out of a Flagmount Diamond [ID] dam [Bellville Diamond] (Owner: Malachy & Nuala O’Haire); 2nd- Colt by Valent [KWPN] out of a Nigrasine [GB] dam [Timpany Night] (Owner Catherine Abbott)
Show Jumping Filly: 1st – Filly by Plot Blue [KWPN] out of a Cavalier Royale [HOLST] dam [Cronascribe Cavella]. (Owner: Carol Armstrong); 2nd- Filly by Darco [BWP] out of a Heartbreaker [KWPN] dam [Zidane KWPN] (Owner: John McKibben)
Show Jumping Colt: 1st- Colt by Tolan R [KWPN] out of a Guidam [SF] dam [ Drumnaconnell Rojo] (Owner: Lawerence Patterson); 2nd- Colt by Vigo D Arsouilles [BWP] out of a Voltaire [HANN] dam [Ultiem V] (Owner: John McKibben).