Elaine and Bluebell make a welcome return at Meadows

Molly Evans and Robin Hood competing in the 1M
Molly Evans and Robin Hood competing in the 1M

There was another huge turn out at The Meadows for week two of The Flexi Eventing.

Unfortunately the overnight frost and snow in some areas meant a few withdrawals but there were over seventy dressage tests ridden across the three classes and standards were high across the board in all disciplines

In the Intro dressage, Amateur rider, Ellen Graham, partnering Eclipse, took a three step jump from last week to win by a one point margin over second placed Jon Champion on Delilah. Jon went one step further by taking third place with Orby while Claire Ireland slotted into fourth place. It was lovely to see Janice Ireland back out supervising proceedings following a major accident last year which resulted in a lengthy period in intensive care.

The Pre Novice A class saw Caroline McQuillan make an excellent start to the Flexi Eventing by winning on Mr Brown and also sharing third place with Elaine O’Connor and Chloe Rooney on Cavalier Bobby Jo. This appeared to be a day of debuts with the inspirational Elaine O’connor back in the competition saddle for the first time since her serious accident last July. A very well deserved second place in this class went to Clare Abbott riding Helen Bond’s Ballycarron Lad.

Meantime, the win in the ‘B’ section went to Jill Hobson who had moved up one spot from last week. Coming in second with just one point behind was Camella McDowell and her lovely mare, Touching Gold. Sarah Sproule, who had an amazing day in showjumping too, came third on River Diamond Rebel.

The very impressive combination of Ashleigh Rea and Armani had a super win in the Novice class just ahead of Sarah Sproule and Lyleview on Time with last week’s winner, Charlotte Dixon, and Fernando slotting into third.

The showjumping arena got underway ahead of schedule and continued unabated until mid afternoon with the cross country running in tandem. Over 120 horses jumped in total with many also enjoying the schooling opportunity of the cross country course.

The Flexi Eventing series, which is open to everyone, continues every Saturday until the end of February.

Dressage must be pre-entered with Dora on 07876758979 or dorabeacom@live.co.ukby 6pm on the Wednesday of each week. Showjumping and cross country entries are taken on the day.

Full Results


Intro - Judge Fran Warden: 1, Ellen Graham, Eclipse; 2, Jon Champion, Delilah; 3, Jon Champion, Orby; 4, Claire Ireland, Mission Ambition; 5, Kathryn McKibbin, Roxy; 6, Emma Lappin, Bat Out Of Hell

Pre Novice A - Judge Fran Warden: 1, Caroline McQuillan, Mr Brown; 2, Clare Abbott, Ballycarron Lad; 3= Elaine O’Connor, Bluebell, Caroline McQuillan, Cavalier Bobby Jo, Chloe Rooney, Molly; 6, Andrew Greer, Jude

Pre Novice B - Judge Ivor Harper: 1, Jill Hobson, Ludovik; 2, Camella McDowell, Touching Gold; 3, Sarah Sproule, River Diamond Rebel; 4, Harriet Pele, Lisbane Sparrow; 5, Nicky Nesbitt, The Spymaster; 6, Katie Parker, Annie

Novice - Judge: Ivor Harper: 1, Ashleigh Rea, Armani; 2, Sarah Sproule, Lyleview on Time; 3, Charlotte Dixon, Fernando; 4, Denis Currie, Bering Strait; 5, Jonny Steele, Spooks; 6, Izzy Riley, Monarch of the Glen

Show Jumping Double Clears

70cms: Ashleigh Devitt, Denzel, Johnny Mulligan, Wendy Woo

80cms: Johnny Mulligan, Bella, Lucy Cloughan, Garnfach Lucy, Evan Hobson, Promise Me, Nicky Nesbitt, Fuzzy Duck, Emma Jackson, Darcy, Jonny Steele, Holiday Izzy, Jenny Montgomery, Milford Lady, Jon Champion, Delilah, Emma Jackson, George

90cms: Philip McLean, Ramior Belle, Emma Heaney, Quickstep, Tabytha Bonar, Bella Bambino, Ellie Parkhill, Toni, Judith McCarthy, Mixed Up, Claire Ireland, Goin For Gold, Stephen Martin, Butterscotch Major, Ellie Parkhill, Bailey, Emma Lappin, Bat Out Of Hell, Jonny Steele, Hallie, Any McGarety, Champoniz Super Nero, Eilish McEvoy, Cream of the Barley,

1m: Sarah Sproule, River Diamond Rebel, Emma Jackson, Impy, Anna Lyons, Rafa, Ellen Graham, Kharma, Neil Morrison, Tip, Ashleigh Rea, Armani, Alexa Grudgings, Jack, Sarah Tate, Buddy, Roslyn Brown, Spruce, Daniel Brown, Katriona, Chloe Rooney, Molly May

1.10m: Sarah Sproule, Lyleview On Time, Emma Jackson, Billy, Sarah McLean, Diamond Obelix, Jonny Steele, Henry, Joe Harris, Coppindell Concorde

1.20m: Sarah McLean, Diamond Obelix, Emma Jackson, Amy, Suzanne Posnett, Gin and Tonic

Cross Country Clear Rounds: Conor O’Hare, Mr Merlin, Sophie Price, Molly, Ashleigh Devitt, Denzel, Adam Morgan, Dudley, Evan Hobson, Promise Me, Tabytha Bonar, Bella Bambino, Stephi Jackson, Leila, Amy McGarety, Champoniz Super Nero, Kate Gilmore, Hillside Spirit