A cold and frosty morning did not deter competitors making the journey to Fintona to take part in Ecclesville’s Christmas Cracker Show.
This show is going from strength to strength and many of the 121 combinations (and ponies) got into the festive spirit and turned out in an array of festive costumes.
The judges of the Fancy Dress competition, sponsored by RD Equestrian, were spoilt for choice with Santa hats, tinsel, Christmas lights, sleigh bells, Frozen characters, a Shetland in his very own Christmas jumper, antlers and even Rudolf’s red nose to choose from.
The large crowd of enthusiastic spectators were entertained with great jump-offs and also a fun novelty class. Sixteen very competitive pairs took on the popular Run and Ride Pairs competition which was won by Jessica Bunyan running and Jeni Lyons riding Poppy.
The open classes were very exciting as many of the combinations made it through to the timed rounds. The 60cm Class was won by Clara Daly and Bubbles. The 80cm red ribbon also went to Clara Daly this time riding Killbreen Lad and in the 1m Class Cara Patterson and Boots picked up the top place.
The show organisers are grateful to RD Equestrian for sponsoring the fancy dress section of this very popular show. Also thanks to Raymond Caldwell, assisted by Pamela Caldwell and Malvern Moore, for the great courses and thanks to Rachel Magee, assisting in the judges’ box.
40cm Novice – Double Clears
Cobhlaith Donnelly and Phoebe; Jack Shortt and Fianna; Henry Coote and Sophie; Darcy Maguire and Jessie; Ellie-Mae McCrory and Murphy; Sophie Mullan and Sophie; Lexie Maguire and Jessie; Charlie Love and Little Lady Love; Caitlin McCrory and Mars; Ashlee Baxter and Apollo; Tiana-Grace Abbott and rosie; Mollie Quinn and Coco; Ellie Baxter and Apollo; Lucie-Anne Abbott and Rosie; Chloe Mitchell and Phoebe; Elena Murphy and Wildfire; Caitlin Kelly and Zack; Jack Reid and Jack’s Little Lady; Shannon Montague and Sweetie
Fancy dress – sponsored by RD Equestrian: Henry Coote and Sophie; Darcy Maguire and Jessie; Ellie Mae McCrory and Murphy; Sophie Mullan and Sophie; Lexi Maguire and Jessie; Charlie Love and Little Lady Love; Caitlin McCrory and Mars; Ashlee Baxter and Apollo; Tianna-Grace Abbott and Rosie; Ellie Baxter and Apollo; Lucie-Anne Abbott and Rosie
60 Novice – Double Clears: Joanne Killen and Mercury; Charlie Love and Little Lady Love; Sophie Gurney and Chelsea Girl; Tiana-Grace Abbott and Rosie; Siobhan Nagel and Maisie; Elena Murphy and Wildfire; Amy McLaughlin and Cookie; Zara Keys and Buster; Hannah Burns and Peggy; Paris Douglas and Lady Coco; Lucy Moore and Bandit; Lisa McFarland and Magic; Nadia Donnelly and Belle; Conn Sweeney and Charlie Bear; Chloe Mitchell and Phoebe; Shannon Montague and Sweetie; Zara Jane Kelly and Bubbles; Cobhlaith Donnelly and Phoebe
60cm Open: 1st Clara Daley and Bubbles; 2nd Emma Quigley and Perfect Promise; 3rd Amy McLaughlin and Cookie
Run and Ride: 1st Jessica Bunyan with Jeni Lyons and Poppy; 2nd Demi-Lee McKenna with Rebecca Jones and Cindy; 3rd Zara Keys with Caoimhe Hegarty and Buster
80cm Novice – Double Clears: Holly Walker and Just Dandy; Jenny Torrens and Clover; Seamus Sweeney and Molly’s Legend; Conn Sweeney and Chancy Francy; Erin Crawford and Biscuit; Jenny Torrens and Seanie
80cm Open – Sponsored by RD Equestrian: 1st Clara Daly and Kilbreen Lad; 2nd Dawn McAllister and Stevie; 3rd Clara Daly and The Magic Minstrel
1m Novice: Sean Nangle and Archie; Megan Thompson and Snitzel; Emma McCreadie and Destiny; Kyra Gilmour and Bracken Dancer; Roisin Donnelly and Venus; Kyra Gilmour and Warrenbank; Rosin Donnelly and Ria
1m Open: 1st Cara Patterson and Boots; 2nd Roisin Donnelly and Venus; 3rd Dawn McAllister and Stevie
The organisers would like to thank all the competitors for the support for their showjumping leagues and shows in 2014 and look forward to seeing everyone in 2015 when the first of the leagues will commence on Friday 6 February.