ONCE again Banbridge Show was hailed a major success for the seventh consecutive year although this year the venue changed to The Meadows Equestrian Centre and the show duration extended to two days.
With almost 700 showjumping entries, it was certainly an action packed weekend which saw competitors travelling from far and wide. The bad weather of the preceding days was well forgotten as riders and spectators were able to enjoy the glorious sunshine on both days in the magnificent surroundings of the McCusker domain which is so widely acclaimed for its excellence in all aspects of hosting a show.
The culmination of a very busy ‘horse’ programme on Saturday which saw both arenas in action until late in the day, was the Ulster Region 1.30 (S) Grand Prix. There were twenty combinations, from a start list in excess of 60, that made it through to the jump off in this very popular competition which has now become a showcase class. The course, which was designed and built by Banbridge Show Director, Ray Buchanan, drew great praise from many competitors for its technicality, fairness and challenges. Although, the jump-off, was taking place well into late evening, there was a tremendous atmosphere and a great crowd of spectators, enjoying the glorious sunshine as they applauded and encouraged each competitor. They certainly were well rewarded for their stamina as this was, undoubtedly, one of the most exciting Ulster Region Grand Prix’s in recent times.
The first three riders in the jump off faulted and it was left to Harvey Smith and Porscha to deliver the first clear round but his lead was short-lived as 5th to go, Young Rider, Sophie Dalm, produced a round which was executed with extreme speed and precision and took her to the top of the leaderboard by a margin of 8 seconds on her mother’s Unique, an 11 year old gelding by the sire Concorde out of a Burggraaf mare. Sophie’s time proved impossible to beat as the challenge brought faults to all but three of the remaining 14 competitors. In the end Daniel Coyle came closest by less than two hundredths of a second on Linzi Johnston’s 11 year old Concorde mare, Uptown girl with Edward Little slotting into 3rd place on David Prentice BMW’s Qualisca de Vansichant. Sophie also claimed 6th place on Vivaldi as the fastest four faulter.
All 13 pony classes on Sunday were extremely well supported and the standard of jumping was very high throughout the day. Aoife Dooley won the top 148 class on Derravaragh Gambler while Ciara Kennedy topped the leader board in the148cms 1.10m class on her mother’s Lishmar Stormy Boy.
The Roulston girls, Olivia, Leah and Alana had their fair share of success with Leah winning the top two 128 classes and Olivia winning the equivalent in the 138 section and all three gaining a total of eleven other placings.
Ray Buchanan, show director and chairman of the organisers, The Iveagh Showjumpers, paid tribute to the sponsors whose generosity, even in the current economic climate, bore testimony to the good will surrounding Banbridge Show. He also thanked the many volunteers – judges, course builders, arena party, officials and secretariat who had worked tirelessly in the run –up to the event and on the day. He also expressed sincere thanks to the McCusker family for facilitating the Show on both days and for ensuring that all amenities were of their usual superlative quality. Of course, thanks were also due to all the competitors, many of whom travelled long distances to pledge their support.
Amateurs: 1. Joanne Evans, Starviews Pride 2. David Gibson, Ashfield Red Ginger 3. Joe Harris, The Duchess 4. Joanna Curran, Ballytroddens Mini Me 5. Joe Harris, Coppindell Concorde 6. Sharon Junk, Andretti Diamond
90cms: 1= James McEvoy, Highjack, Maeve McEvoy, CHS Inception, Jo-Anna Robinson, Coolda Casablanca, Eleanora Cunningham, Samba Dancer, James McEvoy, Reinstated, Phillipa Arnold, Samson, Lisa Doogan, La Roux, Catherine Thornton, Creevagh Cruise, Debbie Walker, In a Pickle 11, Fiona Thompson, Dakota, Elaine Mason, Elamo Ruby Tuesday
1m: 1= Blathnaid French, Merrywell Splash of Colour, Ian Smith, Killmarley Sunny Jim, Fiona Thompson, Dakota, Conor Stewart, Rubellious, William Anderson, Arthurs Big Tens, Catherine Thornton, Sumas Flashlight, Tara O’Connell, Graf Pepsi Max, Shannon Leinster, Gossip Girl, Roberta McClurg, Rudaro, Mariclaire Bell, Dulane
1.10m: 1. Suzanne Posnett, Miss Marple 2. Shane McFadden, Mr Easy Street 3. Joanne McKinney, Seaview Lass 4. Luke Campbell, Penny’s Lagan 5. Lynne Russell, Rockmount Misty Star 6. Simon Stewart, Diamond Sun Star 7. Shirley Smith, Jailhouse Rock 8. Isla Savage, Least Said 9. Rachel McCauley, Carrickaduff Trump 10. John Higgins, In Luck 11. James Hogg, Almost Persuaded 12. Barry Griffin, Bordeaux - Additional Double Clears Elaine Quinn, Watch Your Step, Norman Townley, The Clover Pledge, Elaine Quinn, Lama Cruise, Robert Newell, Wolina Roundthorn, Judy Murphy, Javas Patsy, Ben Crawford, LCC Lady Lou, Ryan Hunter, Red Ice, Richard Murray, Alasca Z, Ben Crawford, Ardnore Jester, Ryan Hunter, Whispering Wave
1.20m: 1. Edward Butler, Diamond de Lux 2. James Kernan, Premier Sport 3. Paul Caves, Master Gold Touch 4. Patricia Stewart, Rehab 5. Sarah Kilpatrick, Russian Gold 6. Paul Caves, Quinvella- Additional Double Clears Victoria Clarke, French Touch, Patricia Stewart, For Deus Van Oosterwyck, Ross Mulholland, Udiro, Alexander Butler, Omard Quality, Cian O’Connor, Farfelu De Muze, John Higgins, In Luck, Mary McShane, Tonagh Trip the Lights, Barry Griffin, Bordeaux, Victoria Clarke, Shalom Moon River, Laura Brown, Zion Cruise, Robert Newell, Wolina Roundthorn, Barry Griffin, Santa, Harry Marshall, Barcelona, Patricia Stewart, Garagange, Shane McFadden, Clinton Jack, Ross Mulholland, Monopoly, Alexander Butler, woodend Harleyhill, Richard Murray, Copney
1.20 YR: 1. Daniel Coyle, Diamond Knight Black Boy 2. Jordan Coyle, Corriboucarel 3. Luke Campbell, Amarulla 4. Rebecca Hooks, Hightrees Lady 5. Sinead Loughran, Flight Connection 6. Stephen Brown, Calgot Cruise 7. Sophie Dalm, Unique
1.30 (S) Grand Prix: 1. Sophie Dalm, Unique 2. Daniel Coyle, Uptown Girl 3. Edward Little, Qualisca de Vansichant 4. Harvey Smith, Porscha 5. Robert Newell, Zinniz Roundthorn 6. Sophie Dalm, Vivaldi 7. Daniel Coyle, Lady Porschelle 8. Frank Curran, Ikan 9. Tom Doherty, Tiffcrum Venture 10. Catherine Thornton, Carneyhaugh Allegro 11. Mary McShane, Javas Wild Child 12. Harvey Smith, Dream Touch
128 Under 8: 1= Lewis Trenier, Ballykett Highlander, Tadhg Clarke, Stormcloud, Lewis Trenier, Mrs Brennan Joss
128 Under 10: 1= Trudie McCoosh, Cwrt Cwmwl, Kerry Magill, Trendy Celeb, Alana Roulston, Strawberry Starburst, Hugo McAlpine, Teddy, Cerys Howell, Joe from Raphoe, Jessica Moore, Bertie Bassett V1, Amy-Leigh M’Cauley, Troglan, Lucy Morton, Tynnan Bugsy, Dylan Kelso, Drishoge Lady, James Russell, Newton Black Guy, Ellie Rose Cassidy, Tuity Fruity, Cerys Howell, Runaway Dolly
128 80cms National Pony League: 1= James Smyth, Junior J, Lauren Wilson, Northern Lad, Kerry Magill, Trendy Celeb, Charlotte Evason, Crindle Bee Two, Samuel Wilson, Dans Da Man, Dylan Kelso, Drishoge Lady, Kathryn Morton, Tynnan Bugsy, Alana Roulston, Strawberry Starburst, Victoria Thompson, Gucci Too, Leah Roulston, Sparkling Little Princess, Kathryn Morton, Tynan Petal, Amy Leigh McCauley, Troglan
128 80(S) Under 10: 1. Charlotte Houston, Redford Mayfly 2. Ruari Clarke, Stormcloud 3. Ellie Rose Cassidy, Robbie Malone 4. Ruari Clarke, Lenamore Mini Metro 5. Ellie Rose Cassidy, Trendy Two Stars 6. Cerys Howell, Joe From Raphoe - Additional Double Clears: Trudie MCCosh, Cwrt Cwmwl, Rachel Kennedy, Greendown Claire, Ellie Rose Cassidy, Tuity Fruity, Natasha kerr, Pepsi Mac, Lewis Trenier, Ballykett Highlander, Tara Derwin, Master Art, John McEntee, Dysart Delight, John McEntee, Dooneens Pride
128 90cms: 1. Leah Roulston, Drumcaghey Jacko 2. Ronan Patterson, Euro Magic 3. Charlotte Houston, Redford Mayfly 4. Kate Derwin, Toorboy Tommy 5. Kerrie Kerr, Pepsi Mac 6. Abby Morton, Badbury Blackthorn – Additional Double Clears: Leah Roulston, Sparkling Little Princess, Cerys Howell, Runaway Dolly, Samuel Wilson, Yes John, Shauna McVeigh, Crindle Orbiter, Natasha Kerr, Baronagh Boy, Emma McEntee, Star Spangled Banner
128 1m Springboard Pony qualifier: 1. Leah Roulston, Drumcaghey Jacko 2. James Smyth, Full Throttle 3. Emma McEntee, Star Spangled Banner 4. Kerrie Kerr, Pepsi Mac 5. Kate Derwin, Toorboy Tommy 6.Emma McEntee, Super Sonic – Additional Double Clear: James Smyth, Glenkeen Clypso
138 80cms: 1= Ciara Gilroy, Hill Storm, Rachel Kiernan O’Donnell, Sparkling High Impact, Corey Robinson, Sammys Shannon, Olivia Roulston, Sparkling Va Va Boom
138 90cms National Pony League
1= Trudie McCoosh, Simply Irresistible, Patrick Boyle, Silver N Blue, Michael Roche, Dizzy Rascal, Kellie Smyth, Sugartown, Olivia Roulston, Sparkling Va Va Boom, Michael Roche, Tinchy Stryder, Olivia Roulston, Drumcaughy Queen, Olivia Roulston, Lenamore Lena
138 1m: 1. Olivia Roulston, Lady Muck 2. Leah McVeigh, Cappuccino 1V 3. Niamh Mcardle, Lady Bug 4. Rachel Kiernan O’Donnell, Tullibards Four Socks 5. Ronan McSorley, The Magnificent Pedro 6. Ronan Patterson, Castlehill Ka La La – Additional double Clears: Brogan McCrum, Flapjack Flyer, Olivia Thompson, Triple Treat, Beth Doherty, Razorlite, Claire Conlon, Mister Bugs
1. Olivia Roulston, Claggan Supreme 2. Fionn Clarke, Gaulstown Lady Bishop 3. Jessica Johnston, Daddy DJ 4. Shannon Clingan, Glenvar Sparky 5. Fionn Clarke, Mulvin Rollover 6. Sophie Dunn, Drumaclan Flight
148 90cms: 1= Patrick Boyle, Casino Royale, Hannah Smyth, Lotto’s Dream, Brandon Dean, Erganagh Camaderry, Abby Morton, Tynan Smokey Joe, Ciara Muirhead, Phoenix Firefly, Olivia Roulston, Sparkling Luidam Clover
148 1m National Pony League: 1= Sophie Adrain, Gerard Diamond, Yvonne Whiteside, Zara’s Sambo, Abby Morton, Tynan Cappuccino, Maddison Boyd, Cote D’Or, Aaron MCCaughey, Glen Miller, Easkey Houston, Malin Belle, Richard McIvor, Killyecho, Olivia Roulston, Sparkling Lady Luidam, Sarah Jane Alexander, Princess Ita, Gareth McCracken, Ultimate Cruise, Carl Webb, Castlegar Diamond Streak, Victoria Brown, Collies Diva, Maddison Boyd, Colorado Hills
148 1.10m: 1. Ciara Kennedy, Lishmar Stormy Boy 2. Victoria Brown, Wicked Nakano 3. Aoife Dooley, Maxx 4. Kirsten Farr, Cwmdwyfran Noson Dywyll 5. Shannon Robinson, My Irish Girl 6. Kirsty Dunlop, Dont Tell Davy – Additional Double Clears: Olivia Roulston, Narnia Highlites, Justine O’Hara, Vale Blue Melody, Meghan Flanagan, Essenar The Stig, Caolan Rice, Coppindell King, Casey Webb, Killyrose, Maddison Boyd, Indian Mist
148 1.20m Springboard Pony Qualifier: 1. Aoife Dooley, Derravaragh Gambler 2. Aoife Dooley, Vivantos 3. Casey Webb, Claggan Gypsey Delight 4. Justine O’Hara, Vales Bluebird 5. Caolan Rice, Coppindell King.