The Turley family pulled out all stops to ensure that every competitor at the recent Northern Region Event had a memorable and successful day at Tullymurry.
The Co Down venue was swathed in sunshine for the majority of the day and the courses which were built by David O’Connor under the tutelage of Tony McManmon were varied and testing across all classes.
There was no question about the winner of the O/CNC1* class since Steven Smith was competing against himself but he didn’t drop standards and delivered a very impressive dressage test on the ten year old Gina Johnston-bred gelding, Hill Dancer which finished almost eight points clear of Woods Rosbotham’s Bellaney Express.
Steven claimed his second victory of the day in the CNC1* class on The Meastro 11 with whom he had also won the previous week at Tullylish. Catherine Robinson slotted into second place on Neil McCluskey’s Limerick gelding, Carsonstown Lord.
The addition of a number of time penalties for Vicky Dobbin and Killaughey Belle resulted in a drop of two places from the original phase which left the path to victory clear for a delighted Lucinda Blakiston- Houston on the home bred mare, Beltrim Full Moon, followed by an even more delighted Ann Bowe and Festy Breeze in second place.
Holly Wray had two mounts in the CNCJ1* class which she won with her mother’s Condios mare, Lily Mae following the cross country elimination of ColvilleStewart’s mare, Rum and Raisin.
Dromara teenager Robyn McCluskey, who has been having a string of recent successes, continued in this vein in the CNCP2* class with Maureen Brown’s lovely grey gelding, Blackhill Border Fox which finished marginally ahead of Hannah Langan and Tinka’s Gold.
There were ten starters in the EI 100 Amateur class with all completing their three phases. Sadly, a slight cross country navigational problem meant relegation for the early leader, Jaemi Cochrane and Kilpatrick Honey but a consistent performance from Paddy O’Rourke and his faithful partner, Old Flames, put them to the top of the leaderboard, just ahead of Bianca McElnea and Rosso Tramonto.
The biggest and most competitive class of the day was the EI 100 where Suzanne Hagan stole the show with Bronagh Stevenson’s gelding, Banbridge Skylark. Cormac McKay’s six year old Gatsby gelding, Kudos, slotted into second place.
Meantime it was a hat trick for Richill girl, Lucy Johnston and Tynan Mist, a very promising combination who have an impressive string of recent successes. Indeed the class was a case of déjà vu from Tullylish with the top three placing remaining the same – Jas Hogg and Mr Beringo second and Robyn McCluskey third on Killeatin Eezie.
Aaron McCusker’s colourful Showjumping tracks took their toll on many of the competitors in the EI100J but it did not alter the result for Leah Jackson and Gemilly who led from the outset. Limerick girl, Danielle Magner was a very worthy recipient of the second placed rosette. In fact she also picked up a sixth place in the EI90.
Lowering of coloured poles was again a feature in the EI90 Amateur class where the radiant smile of Scarvagh’s Victoria Mills shone like a beacon as she picked up first prize on her mother’s grey gelding, Acton Major. Niamh Foley retained the runner up spot from last week with Railway Bar while newly wed, Ruth Wilson and Home Alone City claimed third place.
Terry Johnston had plenty to celebrate in the Lafarge Tarmac sponsored EI 90 class where his six year old gelding, Tipperary T, took top spot with Neil Morrison finishing on their dressage score as did second placed Connie Hannaway and CHE Banoffee French.
Last out across the country were the EI90 ponies and top place this week went to a delighted Ballynahinch girl, Ellie Parkhill with her very striking skewbald gelding, Two Tone Toni who finished marginally ahead of Katherine Shields and Melody Maker.
Eventing Ireland would like to thank the Turley family for the use of their premises as well as all the volunteers who helped in so many ways to make Tullymurry another successful event. A special work of thanks to Marian Turley and her team of helpers who provided a most scrumptious lunch for officials.
O/CNC1*: 1. Steven Smith, Hill Dancer; 2. Steven Smith, Bellaney Express
CNC1*: 1. Steven Smith, The Maestro 11; 2. Catherine Robinson, Carsonstown Lord; 3. Neil Morrison, Hi Happy Harry; 4. Stacey Watling, My Wee Shoogle; 5. Daniel McComb, A Tad Newsy; 6. Lisa Dundee, Murphys Harlequin
CNC1* Amateur: 1. Lucinda Blakiston Houston, Beltrim Full Moon; 2. Ann Bowe, Festy Breeze; 3. Vicky Dobbin, Killaughey Belle; 4. Nicola Wright, Monmurry Sovereign
CNCJ1*: 1. Holly Wray, Lily Mae
CNCP2*: 1. Robyn McCluskey, Blackhill Border Fox; 2. Hannah Langan, Tinka’s Gold
EI100 Amateur: 1. Paddy O’Rourke, Old Flames; 2. Bianca McElnea, Rosso Tramonto; 3. Kat Butler, The Spin Doctor; 4. Gemma Goodrich, Lachain Easy; 5. Lynne Ireland, Blackwood Quantum Rebel; 6. Elizabeth Graham, Bob A Lob
EI 100: 1. Suzanne Hagan, Banbridge Skylark; 2. Clare Abbott, Kudos; 3. Catherine Robinson, Shanroe Shadowfax; 4. Gabriella Lazslo, Crafty Guy; 5. David O’Connor, Tullymurry Seana; 6. Clare Abbott, Airlie Beach
EI100P: 1. Lucy Johnston, Tynan Mist; 2. Jas Hogg, Mr Beringo; 3. Robyn McCluskey, Kileatin Eezie
EI100J: 1. Leah Jackson, Gemily; 2. Danielle Magner, Woodfield Boomerang; 3. Christine McNally, Boltown Hemera; 4. Harriet Pele, Lisbane Sparrow; 5. Gemma Elkin, Tupele; 6. Iona Kane, Seavaghan Redwing
EI90 Amateur: 1. Victoria Mills, Acton Major; 2. Niamh Foley, Railway Bar; 3. Ruth Logan, Home Alone City; 4. Eilish McEvoy, Bright Eyes; 5. Ben Stevenson, Standbyyourman; 6. Amy Suzanne McGarvey, Chamonix Super Nova
EI90: 1. Neil Morrison, Tipperary T; 2. Connie Hannway, CHE Banoffee French; 3. Stacey Watling, Rockmount Larry; 4. David O’Connor, Tullymurry Greyjoy; 5. Anna Lyons, Rafa; 6. Danielle Magner, Clonshire Troika
EI90P: 1. Ellie Parkhill, Two Tone Toni; 2. Katherine Shields, Melody Maker; 3. Patrick Eames, Listowel Thunder; 4. Joanna Eames, TBS Ferdinand; 5. Katie McKee, Fair Lad; 6. Sasha Bloch, Highburren Mist.