The Eventing fraternity headed north on Saturday to the splendid surroundings of Maddybenny for the latest Northern Region Event.
There was a warm welcome from the White family whose efforts in the run up to the day were evident as well as their attention to detail on the day itself.
Adam Stevenson had designed the courses which gave a good variety of fences across all three classes and a change of location for the showjumping phase gave the one star competitors extra scope cross country.
It was a superb victory in the CNC1* class for local rider, Alex Houston, with her own Ross Crawford-bred seven year old Clover Echo mare, Skyfall Echo, who led the field of twenty one starters from start to finish and was the only combination to complete inside time.
Trevor Smith took the next three spots, coming in second on Lucinda Blakiston-Houston’s Beltrim Sweet Clover, a mare by Beach Ball.
Emma Kennedy from Athlone had a convincing win in the CNCJ1* class on board Nauvoo where she finished over six points clear of second placed William Mackie and Ricardo Colour.
The sole competitor in the CNCP2* class was Jessica Kuehnle who rode three ponies and certainly didn’t let the lack of external competition mar her determination. She delivered clear showjumping rounds on all three and just added some cross country time penalties to her flatwork marks to give Rathnaleen Roy the victory followed by Lightning and Golden grove Solitaire.
An unfortunate showjumping fence down for Joy Lindsay saw her drop a position from the first phase in the one star Amateur class. This left the path open for another local lady, Florence Campbell, to claim the top spot with Nicola Wright’s Master Imp gelding, Imperial Master.
Tegan White who was competing Hors Concours with Texan Style was the only combination to finish on their dressage score.
Meantime, the EI 100 Amateur class results brought a sparkle to the eye of Nicky Nesbitt who was campaigning her veteran companion, Fuzzy Duck, at this level for the first time since the inaugural Finvoy event three years ago. The pair proved unstoppable and galloped to victory on their dressage score, two points clear of David Henderson who is having an amazing season with Kerrob B.
Herbie Purce got off to a great start in the EI100J class with Seapatrick Hamish claiming a sub thirty dressage mark. However one coloured pole adrift, meant he had to settle for second place behind Holly Wray and Colville Stewart’s Granny’s Double.
Beverley Caves will, undoubtedly, have good memories of Maddybenny as she claimed victory in two classes- firstly in the EI100 class on board the Shirley Bothwell bred Killadeas, a five year old Hermes de Reve gelding, which qualified for the RUAS Young Event Horse Class earlier in the week. Caron Walker and Fendi Spy slotted into second place ahead of Stacey Watling and My Wee Shoogie.
Beverley took her second win of the day with David Henderson’s Ultimate Jack in the LAFARGE Tarmac sponsored EI 90 class where, again, nothing was added to the first phase mark. Susan Thompson and Carra Silver Bells also kept a clean sheet to take second place.
Hollie Smith, whose father, Steven, was competing at Ballindennisk, had a runaway victory in the EI 100P with her very reliable pony, Gucci 111 with Robyn McCluskey and Kileatin Eezie taking a well deserved second place.
The Pony 90 class was won by Laoise O’Farrell and Monlough Meteor who led from the outset. Olivia Quinn took runner up spot on So Tell Me Harry.
Shane Belton who was making a welcome return to the Amateur fold, took top place with the Irish Comedian in the 90 section where Fred Gutherie’s showjumping track was extremely influential. There was just 0.3 dividing first and second with the latter spot occupied by Kathryn Marshall and Aristocrat. Newcomer, Jonathan McVeigh slotted into third place on May.
Eventing Ireland Northern Region is deeply indebted to the White family for hosting the first of their two events and creating such a welcoming atmosphere for everyone.
A huge thank you also goes to Bann Valley Riding Club, Route branch of the Pony Club, Route Hunt and Causeway Coast for providing so many helpers and resources on the day.
1. Alex Houston, Skyfall Echo; 2. Trevor Smith, Beltrim Sweet Clover; 3. Trevor Smith, Anvil Lodge Pinnochio; 4. Trevor Smith, The Maestro 11; 5. Lisa Dundee, Murphy’s Harlequin; 6. Clare Abbott, Ballycarron Lad
1. Emma Kennedy, Nauvoo; 2. William Mackie, Ricardo Colour; 3. Toni Quail, Ringfort Rua
1. Jessica Kuehnle, Rathnaleen Roy; 2. Jessica Kuehnle, Lightning; 3. Jessica Kuehnle, Golden Grove Solitaire
1. Florence Campbell, Imperial Master; 2. Joy Lindsay, Lassban Au-Revoir; 3. Hannah Whittle, Mullybrannon Masterpiece; 4. Lucinda Blakiston-Houston, Beltrim Full Moon
1. Nicky Nesbitt, Fuzzy Duck; 2. David Henderson, Kerrob B; 3. Jaemi Cochrane, Kilpatrick Honey; 4. Dawn Clerkin, The Sailors Girl; 5. Pauline Faloon, Carlingford Sebastian; 6. Hilary Redmond, Pulldoaran
1. Holly Wray, Granny’s Double; 2. Herbie Purce, Seapatrick Hamish; 3. Aoife Carr, Kaleidoscope; 4. Helen Cunningham, Leitrim Native Choice
1. Beverley Caves, Killadeas; 2. Caron Walker, Fendi Spy; 3. Stacey Watling, My Wee Shoogle; 4. Clare Abbott, Big Easy; 5. Jonathan Steele, Mon Ami Aime; 6. Florence Campbell, Glen River
1. Hollie Smith, Gucci 111; 2. Robyn McCluskey, Kileatin Eeezie; 3. Jas Hogg, Mr Beringo; 4. Molly Evans, Eimz; 5. Alexandria Cleland, Whisper Grey Dove
EI 90 Amateur
1. Shane Belton, The Irish Comedian; 2. Kathryn Marshall, Aristocrat; 3. Jonathan McVeigh, May; 4. Anthea Moffett, Chip of Cooley; 5. Debbie McClean, Huntingdale Chance; 6. Elizabeth Magee, Kisale Breeze
1. Beverley Caves, Ultimate Jack; 2. Susan Thompson, Carra Silver Bells; 3. Molly McLucas, Paddy Long Legs; 4. Mimi Joffrey, Sophie Robin; 5. Alice Wilson, The Irish Kestrel; 6. Nadine McClelland, Lucey
1. Laoise O’Farrell, Monlough Meteor; 2. Olivia Quinn, So Tell Me Harry; 3. Aoife Carr, Dara’s Oliver; 4. Ben Rowlatt- McCormick, Newline Golden Secret; 5. Katie Good, Ballymourne Lily; 6. Katherine Shields, Melody Maker