The Meadows Equestrian Centre was certainly a popular venue for the recent RUAS Qualifiers which were hosted by Iveagh Showjumpers in conjunction with Meadows Equestrian Centre.
The weather conditions were good and the arenas looked spectacular with their colourful fences and bright floral decorations. There was good competition across the board where riders were trying to claim one of the seven qualifying places in each of the classes.
A strong team of almost 50 Amateur riders were up first and they did not disappoint the crowd of spectators who were there to support.
As ever the going was fast and furious with 15 combinations making it through to the jump-off over a course built by Ray Buchanan and Aaron McCusker. The double A’s came out on top with the win going to Cookstown’s Dean Cotton on his 13 year old gelding, Coolda Castaway. Following close behind was Catherine Drain on Alaska M with Alexandra Robinson slotting into third place.
The Five Year Old Class saw victory going to Emily Turkington on Gillian Lee’s Luidam’s Diamond, a gelding by Luidam out of a Rantis Diamond dam who had 0.3 second margin on second placed Simon Scott on Patricia McCollum’s Ballymulholland Echo Lass.
In the 6/7 year old class, there were just 11 of the 34 starters who made it through to the jump off where Shannon Mackenzie from Randalstown had her sights firmly set on Balmoral Park. She delivered a superb speed round to claim the red rosette with almost two seconds to spare on Tara Dunne and Mouse C.
The final Qualifying class, the 1.35m, saw the North West’s Jordan Coyle secure his Balmoral passport on Jim Maneely’s Amigo VH Winkenshof Z, an eight year old bay gelding by Amoroso Van De Helle out of a Lancer 11 mare. Joanne Blair and OTT Alfie slotted into second place.
Meanwhile Arena 2 was kept extremely busy with classes running from 80cms – 1.20m.
Iveagh Showjumpers and MEC would like to thank all judges and helpers who made this day a very successful one. Best wishes go to all those competitors who have gained Qualifying places at RUAS.
The current series of registered jumping continues at The Meadows next week - enquiries to Winnie on 07846 353 391.
Amateurs: 1. Dean Cotton, Coolda Castaway; 2. Catherine Drain, Alaska M; 3. Alexandra Robinson, Callie LVS Z; 4. Jim Maneely, Leo; 5. Elaine Horan, Kyleen Ricardo; 6. Joe Harris, Coppindell Concorde; 7. Lisa Spratt, Rockmount Sasha
Five Year Old: 1. Emily Turkington, Luidams Diamond; 2. Simon scott, Ballymulholland Echo Las; 3. Brendan McSorley, The Lammy Factor; 4. Catherine Thornton, Currabawn Crazy Daisy; 5. Edward Little, Jack Diamond; 6. Tom Hearne, Kilcurry Ramiro Royale; 7. Peter Smyth, Templepatrick Welcome Limmerick
Six/Seven Year Old: 1. Shannon Mackenzie, Dyolita; 2. Tara Dunne, Mouse C; 3. James Hogg, Toast; 4. Gabriel Tunney, Lux Scope; 5. Charlene Clingan, Ardtana Flash Forward; 6. JP McGranaghan, Lismeen Ludam; 7. Tara Dunne, Luidams Caprice
1.35m: 1. Jordan Coyle, Amigo VH Winkenshof Z; 2. Joanne Blair, OTT Alfie; 3. Patricia Stewart Greer, Rehab; 4. Shannon Mackenzie, Peyroux; 5. Harvey A Smith, Porscha; 6. Jonathan Smyth, Charlton Clio; 7. Suzanne Posnett, Zinniz Roundthorn
80cms: 1. Sean Nangle, Cullion Slievena Roe
90cms: 1= Billy Adrain, Cruisings Spiderman, Sharon Conlon, Baleer, Ruth Hunter, Roundstone Star Express, Sarah Kelly, Baby Charlton, Lauren McCabe, Captain Allegro, Liam McGarry, Apollo Blue X, Liam McGarry, Baracuda X, Karen Pearson, Hanley News, Kerry Taggart, Aughlin Angel, Corey Tennyson, Billy’s Boy, Catherine Thornton, Cicatriz
1m: 1. Jellie Smyth, Shanroe Scorpian; 2. Jonathan Smyth, Mulvin Luidam; 3. Liam McGarry, Baracuda Ex; 4. Robert Newell, Sligo Cavalier Lass; 5. Cor mac McElroy, Euro Beach; 6. Tom Hogan, BJ Lu Lu Additional Double Clears Tara Hackett, Golden Palm, Arlene Doris, Helios, Liam McGarry, Javas’s a True Colours, Gabriel Tunney, Cool A Ice, Amy Griffith, Ballymacenallen Arial, Rachel Turley, Co-Pilot Z
1.10m: 1. David Mulryne, Admiran Oh Me; 2. Laura Millar, Romeo; 3. Shannon Mackenzie, EuroQuay; 4. Robert Newell, Sligo Cavalier Lass; 5. Michael Beattie, MB Mount Pleasant Boy; 6. Claire Hunter, Spice Up The News Additional Double Clears Liam McGarry, Javas’s True Colours, Catherine Thornton, Drum Rankin Gloria, William Anderson, Drumacoon Della, Catherine Thornton, Yendor, Sarah Kelly, Baby Charlton, Jordan Coyle, Aghafad Armani Mist, Harvey Smith, Oliver Twister, Ryan Hunter, Fivonia G, Patricia Stewart Greer, Jones VDL Bisschop, James Hogg, Knights Bridge
1.20m: 1. Brendan McSorley, Quarry Crest Clover; 2. Laura Millar, Romeo; 3. Yvonne Whiteside, Clover Thyme; 4. Gareth Clingan, Courageous Imp; 5. Patricia Stewart Greer, Jones VD Bisschop; 6. Lisa Smyth, Admiran Nutmeg; 7. Mary Barron, Willem.