Rebecca guides Captain to Red Mills victory at Loughanmore

Rebecca Dunlea and Cashelane Captain, winners of the Connolly's Red Mills Superleague and final A/CNC2* at Loughanmore, with Nia O'Malley from the sponsors
Rebecca Dunlea and Cashelane Captain, winners of the Connolly's Red Mills Superleague and final A/CNC2* at Loughanmore, with Nia O'Malley from the sponsors

Louganmore was bathed in glorious sunshine for the latest Northern Region Event when the Co Antrim venue was shown in all its glory.

The Dennison family had spared no efforts to ensure that their wonderful estate was in pristine shape for the seventeen classes on offer. Competitors had travelled from far and near to experience the superb courses designed and built by Adam Stevenson, which included a redesigned water jump.

Nia O’Malley of Red Mills was on hand to present the magnificent prizes to the competitors in the Connolly’s RedMills Super League where victory went to Rebecca Dunlea whose trip from Co Cork was well justified with her booty of prizes. She led from the outset with her Captain Clover gelding, Cashelane Captain, who added just a few cross country time penalties to his first phase mark. Emma Jackson finished in the runner up spot with Amy B, ahead of Steven Smith and Bonito.

There were five starters in the CNC2* class where Clare Abbott was the early leader on Helen Bond’s Ballycarron Lad who was the only one to deliver a clear showjumping round over Aaron McCusker’s testing track. However, the addition of some cross country time penalties relegated them to second place, leaving the path to a hat trick of successive wins for Steven Smith on the home owned Anvil Lodge Pinnochio.

Camilla Speirs had a runaway victory in the O/CNC1* class on board Goldman, a seven year old gelding owned by Sally Corscadden who finished almost fifteen points clear of Jonathan Steele and John Reid’s stallion, Centrestage.

The CNC1* class provided very little challenge for Sarah Sproule who stormed to victory on the Arthur Tumelty-bred gelding, Lyleview on Time who added nothing to their flatwork mark. Neil Morrison secured second place for Caroline Dennison’s Black Ice, a five year old gelding by Vechta.

Alan Wilkie of Wilkie and Flanagan Solictors, Sponsors of the CNCJ1*, was on hand to present the prizes for the League Final. Winner on the day was Chloe Rooney and Molly Mae but the overall League winner was Holly Wray with her mother’s Condios mare, Lily Mae who received a very generous bag of prizes from the sponsor.

Loughanmore hosted three ISH Eventing Series of aged classes. The six year old winner was Lucinda Blakiston Houston’s home bred Beach Ball mare, Beltrim Sweet Clover, ridden by Trevor Smith who finished on his flatwork mark. Second place went to Catherine Robinson riding Neil McCluskey’s Limmerick gelding, Carsonstown Lord who incurred an unfortunate four faults in shoŵjumping.

Steven Smith won the five year old class with EMS Florence, an impressive grey mare, by Loch Cruise, owned by Diane Harron-Eakin which finished on the first phase mark of 20.3, almost four points clear of Brianne Stanley and Business Class.

Meanwhile, the four year old class was dominated by Enniskerry’s Daisy Duggan who took a first and second. The win was on Willows Peeping Pocket, a gelding by Chacoa while second place went to Briarhill Marco, a gelding by Mermus R.

There were just two runners in the CNCP2* class with a well deserved victory going to Izzy Riley and Monarch of the Glen with Robyn McCluskey taking second on Blackhill Border Fox.

Florence Campbell continued her good run of success in the CNC1* class with a back to back win with Anvil Diamond, having moved up four places

Sarah A Moore repeated her performance at Maddybenny in the EI 100 Amateur class where she won on Shameless just half a point ahead of Camella McDowell on Touching Gold.

Amiro Hemmingway, a six year old gelding by Amiro M, took the honours in the EI 100 class, guided by Alex Houston with a clean sheet in both Showjumping and cross country. David O’Connor slotted into second place with the Marion Turley-bred six year old mare by Camiro de Haar Z, Tullymurry Seana.

Showjumping results proved very influential in the EI100J class where the win went to Robyn McFadden and Teluel, followed by Lexi Kilfeather and Battenburg.

Once again fifteen year old Hollie Smith rose to the fore in the EI 100 P class with a very impressive dressage mark on Gucci– her third win this season. Justine Harding took second place, just a fraction behind, on Terry Johnston’s My Gypsy Rose.

Judith McCarthy repeated her victory at Maddybenny with a very well deserved win on her impressive skewbald gelding, Mixed Up. The runner up spot was reserved for Lynsey Robb and Glenvine Creg Na Baa, a combination still flushed with their Dublin success.

Emma Lappin was the early leader in the Lafarge Tarmac EI 90 with Bat Out Of Hell but, unfortunately two coloured poles on the ground meant she had to be content with the blue rosette on this occasion and allow Colin Halliday to take the lead on Harold Lusk’s six year old gelding, How Bizarre.

A delighted Kathryn McKibbin collected her red rosette in recognition of her efforts in the EI 90P class where she encountered no problems in any of the phases. Second place went to Caitie Slator on Colour Code Chinook who were still celebrating their performance at the Pony Club Championships in England.

Northern Region would like to extend a huge thank you to the Dennison family for the use of their excellent facilities and to Rachelle Harding and Emma Brown plus Mrs McCammond and Katie Parker for the fabulous hospitality.

Thanks also to the team of helpers who dedicated a very long day to allowing the sport to function– organisers really appreciate your commitment and dedication.

There is no event this coming week but action returns on 19th at Knockany, courtesy of the Lusk family.

Full results

A/CNC2*: 1, Rebecca Dunlea, Cashelane Captain; 2, Emma Jackson, Amy B; 3, Steven Smith, Bonito

CNC2*: 1, Steven Smith, Anvil Lodge Pinnochio; 2, Clare Abbott, Ballycarron Lad; 3, Jim Newsam, Kilcooley Michael; 4, Jim Newsam, Omard Lenny; 5, Sharon Riddell, Ringfort India

O/CNC1*: 1, Camilla Speirs, Goldman; 2, Jonathan Steele, Centrestage

CNC1*: 1, Sarah Sproule, Lyleview on Time; 2, Neil Morrison, Black Ice; 3, Stacey Watling, Magheradrummond Lad; 4, Clare Steele, Bluestone Ice; 5, Jonathan Steele, Mon Ami Aime; 6, Steven Smith, Drumnaconnell Downton

CNCJ1*: 1, Chloe Rooney, Molly May; 2, Holly Wray, Lily Mae; 3, Toby Purce, Stan From Meelin; 4, Andrew Turley, The Devils Bit; 5, Aisling Monaghan, Emby; 6, Patrick Mackie, Narnia Highlites

CNC1* 6 Year Old: 1, Trevor Smith, Beltrim Sweet Clover; 2, Catherine Robinson, Carsonstown Lord; 3, Andrew Greer, Galdanagh; 4, Clare Abbott, Kudos; 5, Steven Smith, Dream Master; 6, Camilla Speirs, Loughnavatta Cedar

CNCP2*: 1, Izzy Riley, Monarch of The Glen

CNC1* Amateur: 1, Florence Campbell, Anvil Diamond; 2, Nicola Wright, Monmurry Sovereign; 3, Denis Currie, Bering Strait; 4, Caroline Dennison, Mill Bay; 5, Florence Campbell, Imperial Master; 6, Reese Hogg, Cyrano Hilltop

EI100 Amateur: 1, Sarah A Moore, Shameless; 2, Camella McDowell, Touching Gold; 3, Alexandra Clarke, Red Curaçao; 4, Vicky Dobbin, Killaughey Belle; 5, Hilary Redmond, Pulldoaran; 6, Sarah Reid, Ballynolin Sirocco

EI 100: 1, Alex Houston, Amiro Hemmingway; 2, David O’Connor, Tullymurry Seana; 3, Suzanne Hagan, Banbridge Skylark; 4, Neil Morrison, Tipperary T; 5, Connie Zhannaway, CHE Banoffee French; 6, Emma Jackson, Rock Harbour

EI100J: 1, Robyn McFadden, Teluel; 2, Levi Kilfeather, Battenburg; 3, Lauren Johnston, That’s My Guy; 4, Herbie Purce, Seapatrick Hamish; 5, Abigail Carlisle, Suirvalley Little Monkey; 6, William Mackie, Mr Green

EI100 5YO: 1, Steven Smith, EMS Florence; 2, Brianne Stanley, Business Class; 3, Clare Abbott, Airlie Beach; 4, Camilla Speirs, BT Rock and Roller; 5, James McEvoy, Ballyward; 6, Gwen Scott, Second City

EI100P: 1, Hollie a Smith, Gucci 111; 2, Justine Harding, My Gypsey Rose; 3, Laoise O’Farrell, Monlough Meteor; 4, Lucy Johnston, Tynan Mist; 5, Noah Brown,Jimmy Yhunderstruck; 6, Robyn McCluskey, Kileatin Eezie

EI90 4 YO: 1, Daisy Duggan, Willows Peeping Pocket; 2, Daisy Duggan, Briarhill Marco; 3, David O’Connor, Tullymurry Grey Joy; 4, Catherine Robinson, Carsonstown Porsch; 5, David Maher, Barnadarrig Boy; 6, Fiona Fitzgibbon, Jaffa Man

EI90 Amateur: 1, Judith McCarthy, Mixed Up; 2, Lynsey Robb, Glenvine Cregboy Ny Baa; 3, Ruth Logan, Home Alone City; 4, Lucy Hanna, Rock Babylon; 5, Ellen Graham, Kharma; 6, Meadhbh Schaible, Mirah’s Skylark

EI90: 1, Colin Halliday, How Bizaar; 2, Emma Lappin, Bat Out Of Hell; 3, Gemma Goodrich, Miss CloverRock; 4, Virginia McGrath, Perfect Coup; 5, Holly McGahan, Mr Reidi; 6, Jim Newsam, Waterline

EI90P: 1, Kathryn McKibbin, Antrim Moneypenny; 2, Cavities Slater, Colour Code Chinook; 3, Tori Surgenor,Rocket Lady; 4, Ellie Parkhill,Two Tone Toni; 5, Sophie Ennis, Coill Dearmad William; 6, Jessica McConnell, Finding Nemo.