Fifteen year old Banbridge schoolgirl, Kiera Malcolmson, had plenty to smile about on Saturday when she won the EI900P class with Rockon Pedro on just their second outing.
Sitting second after dressage, the combination benefitted from the showjumping elimination of the early leader, Katie McKee, and they added just minimal cross country time penalties to their first phase score to claim the red rosette and finish over four points clear of second placed Shanie Murphy on Kilbeg Tommy.
As usual, the Loughanmore Estate was looking resplendent in the sunshine which graced the Co Antrim venue for most of the day. Adam Stevenson had designed four testing tracks which were decorated to perfection. Aaron McCusker, resident Showjumping Course Designer for the Northern Region, also provided some challenging courses which impacted on the results.
Emma Jackson, who made a welcome come back at Ballyvannon, certainly made her presence felt with a double win. She swept to victory in the Advance CNC2* class with her Amiro M mare, Amy B and also took top place in the O/CNC1*class with the Ronnie Hollinger bred stallion, Creevagh For Sure.
The CNC2* class was won by Jonathan Steele riding Katrina Mackie’s eight year old gelding, Mr Green who made up considerable ground from the first phase following a clean showjumping record and added just in excess of a single cross country time penalty. Colin Halliday took the runner up spot with Dancing Fox, Harold Lusk’s eight year old gelding by Nigrasine, the only other combination in the class to go clear showjumping.
While Ella Boyle was off doing squad training, she entrusted her delightful six year old Hermes de Reve gelding, Killadeas, to Harold Megahey who put in a super performance to win a highly competitive CNC1* class finishing on an amazing dressage score of 20.5. Emma Jackson took second place with Silken Allure, also finishing on her first phase mark.
The CNCJ1* class saw sibling rivalry from the Riley family where Katie rose to the fore this week, repeating her performance at Tullylish, with Versace Biscuit.
Second place went to Ballyvannon and Maddybenny winner, Chloe Rooney and Molly May.
The One star Amateur class saw Michael McGaffin climb an amazing seven places after dressage to take the win on Ferros Diablo, a combination that have been showing consistent form over the last few events and were the only pair to keep all Aaron McCusker’s poles intact. Lynne Ireland took second place with Blackwood Quantum Rebel.
Meantime, Robyn McCluskey maintained her good form in the CNCP2* class with a win again this week on Creemully Melody. Laoise O’Farrell slotted in behind on Monlough Meteor and Jessica McConnell with Finding Nemo took third spot.
Camella McDowell certainly ‘Touched Gold’ in the EI100 Amateur class where she finished on her very impressive first phase score almost eight points ahead of Beth Murray and Kit N Kaboodle.
The biggest class of the day was the EI100 class where Elaine O’Connor was a very popular winner with the lovely homebred mare, Tullymurry Holly. Sarah Ennis slipped in behind in second place with Cooley Cosmopolitan Diamond.
Once again Hollie Smith proved her horsemanship skills in the EI100J where she was victorious with Hill Dancer, just ahead of Isabella Hughes and Lyleview on Time.
There was great celebrating in the Johnston household at Richhill following Lucy’s win on Tynan Mist in the EI100P class where four jumping faults proved expensive for the early leader Noah Brown on Jimmy Thunderstruck who had to settle for runner up.
Co Meath’s Sarah Ennis completed her competition placings with a win in the EI 90 class on board her five year old gelding, Brookfield Sensation. Camilla Manningham-Buller took second place with Me and You, a mare by Definite Article.
Undoubtedly, the prize for the most delighted winner has to be awarded to Heather McMillan who was euphoric with glee upon discovering that she was the top EI90 Amateur this week. Riding Cullion Fitzherbert, she held onto her early dressage lead and, despite lowering a coloured pole, she took the top award over three points clear of Judith McCarthy, no stranger to the podium with her veteran skewbald gelding, Mixed Up.
Once again, sincere thanks to the Dennison Family for hosting this very special event and to all the stalwart volunteers who did sterling work ensuring that all three phases ran smoothly.
Next week sees the entourage move northwards again for the second visit this year to Finvoy, courtesy of Mr and Mrs Alan Campbell.
Emma Jackson, Amy B
Nicola Ennis, Westwinds Jack of Hearts
Steven Smith, Bonito
Nicola Ennis, Fortmoy Cusha
Jonathan Steele, Mr Green
Colin Halliday, Danceing Fox
Steven Smith, EMS Florence
Justine Harding, MJI Wendy
Cathal Daniels, Greenfort Flight Master
Clare Steele, R Junior
Emma Jackson, Creevagh For Sure
Stephen Swift, Swift Edition
Harold Megahey, Killadeas
Emma Jackson, Silken Allure
Shannon Nelson, Commanchero
Victoria Clarke, Red Curacao
Hannah Wenteges, Ballinabarney Somerton
Cathal Daniels, Millridge Socrates
Katie Riley, Versace Biscuit
Chloe Rooney, Molly May
Hannah Blakely, Sportsfield Ruby
Izzy Riley, Ballycarron Lad
Robyn McCluskey, Rum Jumbie
Andrew Turley, The Devil’s Bit
Michael McGaffin, Ferros Diablo
Lynne Ireland, Blackwood Quantum Rebel
Joy Lindsay, Lassban Au-Revoir
Florence Campbell, Imperial Master
Nicky Nesbitt, Ringfort India
Robyn McCluskey, Creemully Melody
Laoise O’Farrell, Monlough Meteor
Jessica McConnell, Finding Nemo
EI 100 Amateur
Camella McDowell, Touching Gold
Beth Murray, Kit N Kaboodle
Lesley-Anne Lyons, Rupert Bear
Stephie Jackson, Ballela Road
Grainne Baxter, Cillbhrid Splash
Gemma Elkin, Tupele
Elaine O’Connor, Tullymurry Holly
Sarah Ennis, Cooley Cosmopolitan Diamond
Lisa Dundee, Murphy’s Harlequin
Sarah Ennis, Westwinds Navigator
Casey Webb, Michel M
Trevor Smith, Ballyartan Contessa
Hollie Smith, Hill Dancer
Isabella Hughes, Lyleview On Time
Justine Harding, Charissma
Aoife Carr, Kaleidoscope
Patrick Mackie, Carneyhaugh Conquistador
Lauren Johnston, That’s My Guy
Lucy Johnston, Tynan Mist
Noah Brown, Jimmy Thunderstruck
Ben Rowlatt-McCormick, Mon Ami Tonnerre
Jessica McConnell, My Gypsy Rose
Ruari Clarke, Black Velvet Band
Rocco Quinn, Knockagarron Fear Bui Princess
Sarah Ennis, Brookfield Sensation
Camilla Manningham Buller, Me and You
Elizabeth Hayden, Langtons Choice
Colin Halliday, Enniskeane Duke
Suzanne Hagan, Honeyhill Caramel
Lucy Lamont, Daunting Melody
Heather McMillan, Cullion Fitzherbert
Judith McCarthy, Mixed Up
Lindsay Martin, Bartez
Ellen Graham, Lisfunchion Chinook
Stephen Martin, Butterscotch Major
Iona Kane, Seavaghan Redwing
Kiera Malcolmson, Rockon Pedro
Shanie Murphy, Kilbeg Tommy
Cerys Howell, Wivollet Something Special
Ellie Parkhill, Alland Mac U no
Sara Topley, Tipp Jen
Gillian Grogan, Heaven Sent.