The Causeway Coast Community Showjumpers welcomed the elite of the region’s show jumping fraternity to The Bowl Arena in Portrush last Saturday for the final qualifiers for Balmoral Show 2015.
Beautiful Spring sunshine prevailed throughout the day and with ground conditions perfect for showjumping a thoroughly enjoyable day was had by all.
The action got underway with a very well supported amateur class of 46 entries which provided some exciting jumping for the qualifying places. In the end the win went to popular Sheik Samir Mirdad who is now based in County Cavan.
The second class for five year old horses drew an entry of 27 and was won by Tom Hearne with the young northwest international rider Kenneth Graham taking the second and third places.
The third class for six and seven year old horses saw some 29 horses forward. This class produced some hectic competition between former World Showjumping Champion Dermot Lennon and up and coming young northwest international rider Daniel Coyle.
In an exciting final jump off the World Champion prevailed by a fraction of a second. This class was the highlight of the Show for the many spectators who by this time had occupied the very many vantage points around this unique arena.
Class four was a 1.35 cm class with a high quality entry of 33 forward. This again was an exciting duel between young Daniel Coyle and the former World Champion Dermot Lennon. In this case the score was levelled with young Coyle winning by a fraction of a second on Lougherne Built To Last with Dermot in second place on his wife’s young mare Vampire. There was some consolation for Dermot however as Vampire is a daughter of the great mare Les Cargot on which Lennon won the world showjumping championship.
This concluded a highly enjoyable day for all concerned. The conditions of the grass surface in the Bowl Arena was the subject of much favourable comment by all the competitors and the guest course designer Mr Ray Buchanan. Speaking to your correspondant the joint show directors Mr Billy Roulston MBE and Mrs Eavan White were much appreciative of the co-operation received from the horse box drivers when parking in the show grounds and the riders in coming forward promptly for the classes.
Class 1 - Amateur: 1st, Mirdad Hubbb Alrahmaaan, Sheik Samir Mirdad; 2nd, Lucy Oliver, Naomi Wilson; 3rd, Vanessas Pride, Vanessa McDonald; 4th, Colt Forty Five, Alistair Barr; 5th, Sir Arkay, Patrick Ward; 6th, Park Russian Gold, Lorraine MacGuinness; 7th, Roc Tredudon, Kathryn King; 8th, Diamond Obelix, Sarah McLean; 9th, Sky Double J, Graeme Carlisle
Class 2 - Five year olds: 1st= Intis, Tom Hearne; Ballinamurra Eargon, Kenneth Graham; Lenamore Nelson, Kenneth Graham; 4th, Jack Diamond, Edward Little; 5th, Mulvin Lui, Jonathan Smyth; 6th, Seaburg, Jonathan Smyth
Class 3 - Six and seven year olds: 1st, Class of Touch Hero, Dermott Lennon; 2nd, That’s Amore, Daniel Coyle; 3rd, The Risk, Lionel Johnston; 4th, McKinley, Mark Murphy; 5th, Lismeen Ludam, J P McGranaghan; 6th, Ardnacashel Coovella, Philip Gaw; 7th, Jasmine Tide, Simon Scott; 8th, Blurred Lines, Jordan Coyle; 9th, Hill Top Beach, Yvonne Whiteside; 10th, Aghafad Armani Mist, Jordan Coyle; 11th, Murlough Bay, Rebecca McGoldrick; 12th, Lenamore Lucy Lou, Kenneth Graham; 13th, Galwaybay Untouchable G, Edward Little
Class 4 - 1.35 mtrs: 1st, Lougherne Built to Last, Jordan Coyle; 2nd, Vampire, Dermot Lennon; 3rd, Charlton Clio, Jonathan Smyth; 4th, Fanadwest Rebel, Daniel Coyle; 5th, Zuidam, Daniel Coyle; 6th, Carnmoney Bridge Sister, Simon Scott; 7th, New World, Frank Curran; 8th, Naughty by Nature, Melanie Davidson; 9th, Copney, Natasha Adrain; 10th, Alvarez, Aoife Dooley; 11th, Carnmoney Bridge Diva, Simon Scott; 12th, VDL Cassuis, Jordan Coyle; 13th, Arione E, Fiona Coyle; 14th, George, Kelda Morgan