It was a very early start for many on Saturday for the Northern Region’s third Event at Tyrella where entries in all classes exceeded expectations.
It was particularly pleasing for Cross Country Course Designer, Adam Stevenson, that 22 combinations had entered the feature class, the CNC3* for which he had created some spectacular new fences which gained great praise from those who tested the tracks.
Jayne Doherty had certainly plenty to celebrate as she romped home to victory on Team Rutledge’s Duca Di Busted gelding, The Only One.
This was an impressive performance where the combination led from the outset and, despite picking up four penalties across country, they still maintained pole position, almost one point clear of Joseph Murphy with Suzanne Finlay’s DHI Top Story.
Joseph had an excellent class where his polished performance and his superb team of helpers meant he was able to run four horses in the class without any wait time. All four of his horses appeared in the top seven of this very competitive class.
Another northern rider who excelled at the Co Down venue was Harold Megahey, who won the O/CNC2* class with Tom Macguinness’s Horseware Good News At Last and managed to get top placings with his other two horses. Co Meath’s Sarah Ennis was another very busy young lady who was nipping at the heels of the class leaders of a number of sections. She took second in the Open 2* on board Helen Keenan’s Moss Star.
The 2* class saw Melanie Wrynn ride to victory on Annaghmore Ardeo, an eight year old gelding by Beach Ball who finished two points clear of Steven Smith and Ringfort Rubicon whose owner, together with Gina Johnston, was busy organising superb hospitality in the marquee.
The Open novice class had just five starters and Clare Abbott riding John Melvin’s seven year old gelding, Glenkeeran River impressed the dressage judge who awarded them a score of 27.5. Sadly the lowering of two coloured poles relegated them by one spot to finish second behind the winner, Oinri Jackson and Sallymout Du Cruise.
Once again, a huge entry in the Novice class saw a division into two sections. Nicola Ennis benefited from a cross country dismount by the early leader,Jodie O’Keefe in a class where showjumping penalties were very influential.
Over great courses built by Aaron McCusker, Nicola held a convincing lead over second placed Peter Garrigan and Rupert Taylor Irish.
The ‘B’ section was won by Maria Byrne on Paddy Byrne’s BGS Class Affair having led from start to finish, hotly pursued by Ruth Robinson riding Alex Houston’s Skyfall Echo. A Clover Echo mare bred by Stuart Crawford.
The Wilkie & Flanagan sponsored CNCJ1* class saw 13 combinations vie for top place. Adam Haugh had a double hand in the class and played them both well by securing a win on Jessica Harrington’s Jantar and a fourth place on his father’s Master Gold Touch. Hannah Blakely who is having a great run of success slotted into second place on the very reliable Kizzy
The class sponsor, Alan Wilkie, very kindly responded to the plea for helpers and, together with his wife Michele, helped at showjumping
The first of the Amateur classes, the CNC1* was missing it’s mascot, Denis Currie, who had to remain on terra firma whilst nursing a broken collar bone picked up during competition at Boden Park. It was lovely to see Denis out supporting his colleagues and observing a win for Emily Morris on Florida Bud, followed by Joy Lindsay and Lucinda Blakiston Houston who was, justifiably, feeling very happy with her day’s work.
There were over 20 starters in the EI 100 Amateur class where NR Committee Member and Dressage Co-Ordinator, Nicky Nesbitt, flew to victory with the Spymaster, leaving Camella McDowell, to settle for second on TouchingGoldand David Henderson, who was making a welcome return to the Amateur ranks,claimed third place on Kerrob B.
Trevor Smith and The Maestro 11 topped the leaderboard in the first part of the EI 100, finishing on his first phase mark, over one point clear of Sarah Ennis and Stellar Hotshot. Clare Abbott stole the show in the ‘B’ section with Cormac McKay’s Kudos while Joanne Jarden secured a second placing on SBT Upmarket.
Ballyclare girl Holly Wray had plenty to smile about along with owner Colville Stuart, as she claimed a one-two in the EI100J- the win with Colville’s Rum and Raisin and second on his Crafy Guy.
A very unlucky pole down in showjumping meant Charlotte Harding had to settle for second place with Georgia Stubington’s Winterfold Ivy, despite having delivered a knock out dressage mark of 19.8 in the EI 100P. Moira girl, Katie Good, took advantage of the situation with one of only three clear showjumping rounds to take the red rosette with a 1.5 margin.
The EI 90 Amateur class was won in fine style by Lindsay Martin and Bartez, whose mother purchased her ticket in an online auction, run by the Amateur Committee. Kathryn Marshall slotted into second place with Aristocrat. Laoise O’Farrell, no stranger to success in many equestrian disciplines led the Intro Pony class from the outset and finishing on her flatwork mark, just ahead of another super combination, Ellie Parkhill and the very successful Two Tone Toni.
Fifty percent of the Lafarge Tarmac sponsored Intro class faulted in showjumping but that was not the case for class winner, Matthew Johnston who completed on his dressage score just ahead of Fiona Fitzgibbon riding Kay Magill’s Lisnahall Miss Toffee.
It was an extremely long day for all the volunteers who did sterling work in cold and, sometimes, windy conditions. Many of the volunteers had travelled long distances to ensure that the day ran as smoothly as it did and organisers cannot thank this group of people enough for their enormous contribution.
Best wishes go to Patrick Mackie for a speedy recovery following his fall, as indeed they also do to Denis Currie and Emma Jackson who are also sporting broken collarbones at the moment.
Sincere thanks also goes to Richard McCormick who was the cross country slip collector all day, whilst raising funds for his trip to Uganda in the summer. He raised a fabulous sum of £228 and earned every penny of it. Organisers wish him well in his Ugandan experience.
This Saturday sees the Northern region hosting its final Tyrella event with huge entries once again. Spectators are welcome.
CNC3*: 1. Jayne Doherty, The Only One; 2. Joseph Murphy, DHI Top Story; 3. Joseph Murphy, Sportsfield Othello; 4. Joseph Murphy, Electric Cruise; 5. Maria Byrne, BGS Juicyfruit; 6. Sam Watson, Horseware Lukeswell
O/CNC2*: 1. Harold Megahey, Horseware Good News At Last; 2. Sarah Ennis, Moss Star; 3. Kelley Hutchinson, Ballyduff A-Z; 4. Daniel Brown, Euro Jackpot; 5. Harold Megahey, Vanir Hello Duca; 6. Jemma Parkhill, Summerhill Echo
CNC2*: 1. Melanie Wrynn, Annaghmore Ardeo; 2. Steven Smith, Ringfort Rubicon; 3. Lucy Latta, Cleo Ferro; 4. Heidi Hamilton, Dam Easy; 5. Katie Carss, Puissance Sky’s; 6. Robbie Collins, Dunrath Wellington
O/CNC1*: 1. Oinri Jackson, Sallymount Du Cruise; 2. Clare Abbott, Glenkeeran River; 3. Aidan Keogh, Tredstep Bold Flyer; 4. Sharon Riddell, Ringfort India; 5. June Burgess, Harry De Luxe
CNC1* A: 1. Nicola Ennis, Killossery Kredit Krunch; 2. Peter Garrigan, Rupert Taylor Irish; 3. Mark Robinson, Tomgar Horizon; 4. Declan Cullen, Seavaghan Ash; 5. Mark Robinson, Jovian Moon; 6. Harold Megahey, Coolrock Gold Dust
CNC1* B: 1. Maria Byrne, BGS Class Affair; 2. Ruth Robinson, Skyfall Echo; 3. Steven Smith, Hill Dancer; 4. Sarah Ennis, DHI Okey Cokey; 5. Fraser Duffy, Kilpatrick Treasure; 6. Sophie Richards, SRS Adventure
CNCJ1*: 1. Adam Haugh, Jantar; 2. Hannah Blakely, Kizzy; 3. Toby Purce, Stan From Meelin; 4. Adam Haugh, Master Gold Touch; 5. Shannon Nelson, OLS Inis Flaith; 6. Holly Wray, Lily Mae
CNC1* Amateur: 1. Emily Morris, Florida Bud; 2. Joy Lindsay, Lassban-Au- Revoir; 3. Lucinda Blakiston- Houston, Beltrim Full Moon; 4. Nicola Wright, Monmurry Sovereign; 5. Caroline Dinning, Rathcarrig Cool Imp; 6. Florence Campbell, Imperial Master
EI 100 Amateur: 1. Nicky Nesbitt, The Spy Master; 2. Camella McDowell, Touching Gold; 3. David Henderson, Kerrob B; 4. Stephie Jackson, J’espere; 5. Conor O’Hare, Mister Merlin; 6. Stephie Jackson, Ballela Road
EI100 A: 1. Trevor Smith, The Maestro 11; 2. Sarah Ennis, Stellor Hotshot; 3. Lesley Webb, Double Take; 4. Jonathan Steele, Mon Amie Alme; 5. Melanie Wrynn, Clooney BZ; 6. Fiona Fitzgibbon, Some Chick
EI 100 B: 1. Clare Abbott, Kudos; 2. Joanne Jarden, SBT Upmarket; 3. Trevor Smith, Juniper Hill; 4. Ruth Robinson, Bumble Bee Orchid; 5. Katie O’Sullivan, Currabaŵn Dassett; 6. John Bannon, Call It Magic
EI 100J: 1. Holly Wray, Rum and Raisin; 2. Holly Wray, Crafty Guy; 3. Christine McNally, Bolltown Hemera; 4. Chloe Rooney, Molly May; 5. Harriet Pele, Ballynacoy Out Of The Blue; 6. India Ryan, Garrybritt Emma
EI 100p: 1. Katie Good, Keltroy; 2. Charlotte Harding, Winterfold Ivy; 3. Alexandria Cleland, Whisper Grey Dove; 4. Christopher Dehaene, Milltown Magic; 5. Robyn McCluskey, Kileatin Eezie; 6. Robyn McCluskey, Blackhill Border Fox
EI 90 Amateur: 1. Lindsay Martin, Bartez; 2. Kathryn Marshall, Aristocrat; 3. Dayna Ann Curtis, Cillnabradden Cuig; 4. Heather Kennedy, Marche Militaire; 5. Nicky Nesbitt, Fuzzy Duck; 6. Judith McCarthy, Mixed Up
EI 90P: 1. Laoise O’Farrell, Monlough Meteor; 2. Ellie Parkhill, Two Tone Toni; 3. Noah Brown, Jimmy Thunderstruck; 4. Sasha Bloch, Highburren Mist; 5. Gillian Grogan, Heaven Sent; 6. Kerry Magill, Flapjack Flyer
EI 90: 1. Matthew Johnston, Derryinver Ye Wee Boy; 2. Fiona Fitzgibbon, Lisnahall Miss Toffee; 3. Camilla Manningham Buller, Us and I; 4. Camilla Manningham Buller, Me and You; 5. Neil Morrison, Tipperary T; 6. Susan Thompson, Carra Silver Bells.