Spring horse league at Connell Hill

THE second round of the SJI Spring Horse League at Connell Hill Equestran Centre, Randalstown saw a large turnout of competitors jump a superb course built by Will Crean.

Some of these horses are just starting their career and have benefited from the training shows held on Thursday nights where they are introduced to the intercom, music, and lights.

Judith Sossick’s young horse Loughview Lola ridden by Dean Bell started the day with a clear in the 80cms class.

The 90cm class clears were Louise Houston on her own Ballybrack Tom, Olivia McCormick on Nightlife, Claire Spillane-Pattison on Cor De La, Robert Newell on Roundthorn Delancy, Ashlee Ervine on Silver Tycoon and Suzanne Posnett on Magic Cuidam.

As the fences went up for the 1.0 m class so did the standard; Julie Steele on her own Wellview Lenny jumped clear to start their season of show jumping.

Zoe Woods who had two mounts Kilronan Chin and Without Permission jumped both double clears in the 1.10 m class.

As the day wore on so did the rain but this did not dampen the spirit of the 1.20 m class which saw Liam McGarry on Java’s Wild Child and Java’s Georgie B both jump double clears.

It all came down to seconds when the 1.30 m class got under way as Andrea Thompson on Damingo Van Hoet Dingenshof snatched first place in a time of 43.43 and Suzanne Posnett took second place on Cocos Madamoiselle in 43.65. Third place went to Robert Newell who rode Patricia Connon’s Wolma

Roundthorn, fourth to Anne McCrea’s lovely mare Clagan Royale ridden by Martin McCloskey and fifth to Liam McGarry who rode Judy Murphy’s Java’s Wild Child.

The SJI Spring Horse League continues next Saturday 16th February at 10am, classes 80cm – 1.30m, where everyone is welcome.


80cm: Clear Rounds; Dean Bell, Little Task; Stephanie Doherty, Beechmount Champ; Dean Bell, Loughview Lola; Noel McKee, Keeford Sundance; Claire Spillane-Pattison, Cor De La

90cms: Clear Rounds; Claire Spillane-Pattison, Cor De La; Olivia McCormick, Nightlife; Robert Newell, Roundthorn Delancy; Louise Houston, Ballybrack Tom; Ashlee Ervine, Silver Tycoon; Suzanne Posnett, Magic Cuidam

1.0 m: Clear Rounds; John McKinney, ICB Arkan Diamond; Ryan Hunter, Colt Forty-Five; Claire O’Hara, Lisfarriter J; Anita Doherty, Neat Kaleidoscope; Rachel Thompson, Foetsie Van De Brouvershoere; Dean Bell, Loughview Diamond Lux; Fiona Stevenson, Kellistown Blue Chip; Suzanne Posnett, Magic Cuidam; Julie Steele, Wellview Lenny; Nicole Barr, Master This

1.10 m: Clear Rounds; Anita Doherty, Neat Kaleidoscope; Zoe Woods, Kilronan Chin; Julie Steele, Wellview Lenny; Camella McDowell, Touching Gold; Sarah Kinnear, Down Stream; Zoe Woods, Without Permission

1.20m: Clear Rounds; Suzanne Posnett, Queen of Clubs; Liam McGarry, Java’s Georgie B; Martin McCloskey, Clagan Royale; Robert Newell, Wolina Roundthorn; Liam McGarry, Java’s Wild Child; Suzanne Posnett, Maxin Van Overis Z

1.30m: Clear Rounds; Andrea Thompson, Damingo Van Hoet Dingenshof; Suzanne Posnett, Cocos Madameoiselle; Robert Newell, Wolina Roundthorn; Martin McCloskey, Claggan Royale; Liam McGarry, Java’s Wild Child.