The Baileys Horsefeeds Flexi Eventing show at the Meadows on Saturday has certainly gone into the record books as the busiest unaffiliated one day show in the Centre’s history.
There were three dressage arenas in operation and the busy judges carried out a large number of tests, being impressed with the overall standard of horses and riders.
It was a very exciting day for Charlotte Dixon from Broughshane, who was presenting her ‘Christmas Present’ at his first show.
Thirteen year old Zermie was purchased from England and the very striking gelding certainly impressed the dressage judge, Angeline Nicholson, who promoted him to the top of the class by a fraction over second placed Suzanne Jordan on Goldie. Zermie has plenty of talent, gaining an impressive double clear in the 1.10m.
This combination is definitely one to watch out for in the new season. He has big shoes to fill coming after Shadow and Fernando but, if his initiation is anything to go by, he’ll certainly get there.
Denis Currie also had a good day, claiming third place on Bering Strait before he dashed off to see Ulster gain a convincing win against Oyonnax at the Kingspan Stadium.
Lynne Spence is maintaining her high standard by claiming victory in the pre-novice class for the second successive week on Jaydious Apollo, the ten year old gelding by Cougar.
She also took sixth place in the novice class and delivered two foot perfect rounds in the showjumping. TeamNewsam had a busy and successful day on Saturday with Jim taking second and third places in the pre-novice class. Emma was also out competing in the novice section while Maggie had planned to compete Intro but unfortunately her horse pulled a shoe in transit.
One of the younger competitors, thirteen year old Katie McKee slotted into fourth place on Teddy.
Meanwhile, in the Intro class, it was sweet success for a brand new combination who were making their debut performance. Congratulations go to Amy Whittle and Mullybrannon Masterplan, a four year old gelding, bred by Cormac McKay by Gatcombe who is by the wonderful Gatsby. The horse was bought by Amy’s Dad, Stuart, who broke him in and is absolutely elated with this success on his first outing.
Rachel Lockyear and Lord Gregory gave a very good account of themselves, slotting into the runner up position with Laura Sloan and Quida in third place. Helen Cunningham took fourth place on equal percentage score but with slightly less collective marks.
Showjumping was the busiest on record with well over 200 participating in this discipline. Once again the courses, which were designed by Aaron McCusker, were flowing and encouraging for all levels. Special praise must go to those competitors who remained to the bitter end, jumping as the last fragments of light were dimming.
This coming week, organisers plan to restrict the numbers entering the warm up to ensure that everyone gets jumping in their correct blackboard order.
It is therefore vitally important that competitors put their numbers on the board as soon as they have placed their entries with the Secretary.
Cross country was also busy all day, with the water, in particular, requiring a number of ‘retakes’.
Arena 1 - Novice: Test BE 111 - Judge Angelene Nicholson: 1. Charlotte Dixon, Zermie; 2. Suzanne Jordan, Goldie; 3. Denis Currie, Bering Strait; 4. Tegan White, Judy; 5. Emma Jackson, Silky; 6. Lynne Spence, Jaydious Apollo
Arena 2 - Pre Novice: Test BE 102 - Judge Lucinda Webb-Graham: 1. Lynne Spence, Jaydious Apollo; 2. Jim Newsam, Mac; 3. Jim Newsam, Mickey Bo; 4. Katie McKee, Teddy; 5. Johnny Mulligan, Jeremy; 6. Rachel Ferres, Arnold
Arena 3- Intro: Test BE 92 - Judge Ivor Harper: 1. Amy Whittle, Mullybrannon Masterplan; 2. Rachel Lockyear, Lord Gregory; 3. Laura Sloan, Quida; 4. Helen Cunningham, Leitrim Native Choice; 5. Naomi Buchanan, Futuristic; 6. Kathryn Henderson, Betty.
70cms (double clears): Katie Orr, Daisy, Nicky Nesbitt, Brave Encounter, India Forsythe, Su, Clare Steele, William.
80cms (double clears): Johnny Mulligan, Mando, Claire Steele, Ollie, India O’Connor, Sophie, Fiona McRoberts. CC, Emma Connolly, Mullaghdrin Cointreau Lady, Anita Doherty, Perkins, Gwen Scott, Max, Kathryn Henderson, Betty, Katie McKee, Jack, Adrienne Binnie, Tango, Jessica Burns, Jupiter, Victoria Wray, Ben, Victoria Pickering, Jack, David O’Connor, Dinozzo, Emma Jackson, Finn, Philip Smith, Rollie, Ruth Hunter, Sean Donnelly, Sovereign, Jo Evans
90cms (double clears): Megan Norton, Hathaway, Charlotte de Montmorency, Cutton Express, Johnny Mulligan, Jeremy, Johnny Mulligan, Cassie, India O’Connor, Sophie, Sarah Sproule, Casper, Lynsey Napier-Sneddon, Carsonstown Porsche, David Taylor, Catherine Quee, Hullaballoo, Gareth Lennon, Mellee Cruise, Ben Rowlatt- McCormick, Cashalbay Bay Native, David Taylor, Freddie, Ella McAllister, Borris,
1m (double clears): Alex Cleland, Whisper Grey Dove, Katie Wray, Beechburn Lass, Hannah Blakely, Sportsfield Ruby, Laura Sloan, Quida, Conor O’Hare, Lougherne Leo, Johnny Steele, Lily, Rebecca Kelly, George, Suzanna McQuade, Laura, Lisa Torrens, Catalina Island, Gwen Scott, Darcy, Cerys Howell, Something Special, Marina Stewart, Phoenix, Olivia Quinn, Rock Black N Blue, Lynne Spence, Jaydious Apollo, Gwen Scott, Spencer, Gwen Scott, Zarty, Katie Parker, Annie, Ruari Clarke, Roly, Cerys Howell, Something Special, Tegan White, Judy, Jim Newsam, Mickey Bo, Jade Walsh, Cash, Emma Jackson, Max, Suzanne Jordan, Goldie, Noah Brown, Jimmy, Shauna Moynahan, Iky, Olivia Quinn, Redwood Thor, Caitie Slator, Blue Belle, Andrew Greer, Jude, Gareth Clingan, Nikki Cullen, Tango Lad
1.10m (double clears): Ron Schaefer, Big Adventure, Gwen Scott, Lu Lu, Ruari Clarke, Mikey, Tegan White, Judy, Emma Jackson, Amy, Emma Jackson, Jack, Daniel Brown, Jack, Charlotte Dixon, Zermie, Laoise O’Farrell, Monlough Meteor, Suzanne Posnett, Lexus, Darren Tracey, Bella, Fionn Clarke, Black Velvet Band
Cross Country clear rounds: Pauline Faloon, Carlingford Sebastian, Conor O’Hare, Lougherne Leo, Conor O’Hare, Lougherne Ringo, Cliodhna McArdle, Benny, Morgan Skillen, Mayo, Adrienne Binnie, Tango, Katie McKee, Jack, Philip Smith, Rollie, Heather McMillen, Cullion Fitzherbert.