NI Carriage Driving Association award dinner

Eugene and Vera Hegarty - nicda sports personality of the year.
Eugene and Vera Hegarty - nicda sports personality of the year.

THE Northern Ireland Carriage Driving Association held its annual awards dinner on Saturday, 17th November in The Colhannon Inn, Dungannon.

A great night was had by all in attendance, with plenty of craic and an opportunity to catch up with friends and supporters once again.

Following the recent AGM, the new committee members would like to thank the outgoing committee for all their dedication and hard work over the past year, as well as their organisation of a wonderful dinner dance.

Awards were given for those who topped the league tables after a very challenging season, as well as a number of specific awards recognising prowess and dedication in dressage, including the Bill and Mary Bryson Friendship Quiach, awarded for the lowest average dressage score in the novice classes. This year, the Quiach went to Dawn O’Donnell, whilst the Encouragement Shield was presented to newcomer, Heather Henning after a wonderful debut season, topping the Allsorts class.

The NICDA Sports Personality of the Year was voted for by club members on the night of the dinner dance, and this year went to Eugene and Vera Hegarty, in recognition of their unwaivering support and dedication to both the club and the sport in general.

Congratulations to all the prize winners, and members look forward to another season of competition in 2013.


Novice Pony: Edith Crawford (Groom: Liz Coates)

Reserve: Judith McKeever (Groom: Vera Hegarty)

Novice Horse: Vincent Duggan (Groom: Billy McCombe)

Reserve: Dawn O’Donnell

Novice Pony Pairs: Rachel Campbell (Groom: Ian/Owen Campbell)

Reserve: Lisa Morrison (Groom: Alwyn Morrison)

Open Pony: Julie Ingram (Groom: Raymond Ingram)

Reserve: Sinead McIntyre (Groom: Jerome McIntyre)

Open Horse: Alex Bryson (Groom: Robert Johnston)

Reserve: Edwin Bryson (Groom: Leslie Mulholland)

Pony Pairs: Noel Stewart (Groom: Lauren Ferguson)

Joint Reserve: Eddie Ingram (Groom: Andrew Duckett) / John Goodwin (Groom: Eddie Goodwin)

Horse Pairs: Sean Mulholland (Groom: Billy Lamont)

Reserve: Ger Hennessy

TEAM: Brian O’Slattera (Grooms: Grace Hurrell and Kieran O’Callaghan)

Reserve: Richard Logan (Grooms: Jemma and Terry Logan)

Overall Novice Winner: Edith Crawford

Overall Open Winner: Alex Bryson

Junior Whip: Rachel Campbell

Encouragement Shield: Heather Henning

Bill and Mary Bryson Friendship Quiach: Dawn O’Donnell

Sports Personality of the Year: Eugene and Vera Hegarty