Laurel View dressage competitors not deterred by dismal weather

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Dressage competitors should be greatly commended for their dedication turning out in strength for competition at Laurel View even on a most bleak winter’s day like the 11th January.

The judges and scribes should be praised also for managing to keep going despite the dismal conditions. It’s wonderful how motivational a cup or two of Robert’s soup can prove to be. This recipe helps to keep the Laurel View team running too.

Ivor Harper had two classes to judge in the relative warmth of the smaller indoor. Diane Jones and JJ earned themselves another red rosette for riding BD Intro A in Class 1, while Ballyrock Harvey and Lisa Stewart were only a shade behind in an equally superb test.

Laurel View Rab and Sarah Saied impressed him most in the newcomers class, with Zena Martin and Inishcara justifiably pleased with their blue rosette for Prelim 4.

Lynsey Craig was in the judge’s seat for Class 3 competitors riding Prelim 12. Her top spot went to Shelley McFarlane and William, with Nicola Dunseith and Amber not quite getting the red.

Judge for Class 4 and the Prelim 18 test was Emma Andrews. Her namesake Emma Hobson and Rolando took the red ribbon, while Leah Knight’s test on Ollie earned them the blue.

Geraldine Lowry was set up for a busy afternoon. First she accepted the task of judging the Novice class, with Joanne Jarden and Drunken Relation ending up the clear winners, with Margie Mac and Erin Faloona taking second with another excellent test ridden.

After the Novice class Geraldine Lowry donned her riding gear and warmed up Ringfort Nimmerdino to go on to win both 1st and 2nd in the open class, judged by Angelene Nicholson, definitely a good day at the office for Geraldine.

The February dressage competition is on the calendar for the 8th February with the March date to note being the 29th. Check out the full schedule at


Winter Dressage League (3 of 6)

Class 1 - BD Intro A (walk/trot) - Judge - Ivor Harper: 1st JJ, Diane Jones, 75.22; 2nd Ballyrock Harvey, Lisa Stewart, 75.00; 3rd Ballinarry Pepsi Lee, Katherine Barnes, 72.17; 4th Marley, Louise Delaney, 70.43; 5th The Accountant, Judith Hughes, 69.35; 6th Laurel View Guinness, Katy Clarke, 68.04.

Class 2 - Prelim 4 (Newcomers) - Judge - Ivor Harper : 1st Laurel View Rab, Sarah Saied, 69.09; 2nd Inishcara, Zena Martin, 65.45; 3rd Jewel, Bree Rutledge, 64.09; 4th tie Maverick, Louise Spence and Holly, Molly Taylor, 63.41; 6th Cherry, Kirsten Patterson, 63.18.

Class 3 - Prelim 12 - Judge - Lynsey Craig : 1st William, Shelley McFarlane, 74.80; 2nd Amber, Nicola Dunseith, 74.40; 3rd Inishcara, Leah Knight, 74.00; 4th Ballylin Ben, Darryl McKinney, 73.80; 5th Rolando, Emma Hobson, 73.00; 6th Ollie, Leah Knight, 71.60.

Class 4 - Prelim 18 - Judge - Emma Andrews: 1st Rolando, Emma Hobson, 81.04; 2nd Ollie, Leah Knight, 78.33; 3rd Beechmount Baxter, Linda McIlwaine, 77.50; 4th Margie Mac, Erin Faloona, 76.67; 5th Amber, Nicola Dunseith, 75.63; 6th Gibbs, Leah Knight, 74.79.

Class 5 - Novice 24 - Judge - Geraldine Lowry: 1st Drunken Relation, Joanne Jarden, 85.58; 2nd Margie Mac, Erin Faloona, 80.77; 3rd Roger, Erin Faloona, 78.08; 4th Carter, Helen Faulkner, 77.50; 5th SBT Upmarket, Joanne Jarden, 76.92; 6th Gibbs, Leah Knight, 76.15.

Class 6 - Open - Judge - Angelene Nicholson : 1st Ringfort Nimmerdino (Para Nov), Geraldine Lowry, 73.18; 2nd Ringfort Nimmerdino (Para Team), Geraldine Lowry, 71.85; 3rd Drunken Relation (Nov), Joanne Jarden, 70.38; 4th Derryvane Danny (Nov), Helen Faulkner, 69.62; 5th MJI Wendy (Elem), Joanne Jarden, 64.60.