Bank Holiday Monday action at Portrush

Kenneth Graham and Lenamore Donatella  won the 1.30m class at Portrush by just 0.2 secs ''photo:Derek Simpson
Kenneth Graham and Lenamore Donatella won the 1.30m class at Portrush by just 0.2 secs ''photo:Derek Simpson

The Causeway Coast Community Showjumpers were favoured with wonderful weather for their Monday May Bank Holiday Show.

There was a strong entry in all six classes which produced some exciting sport.

Liam McGarry  & Candis  clear the 1.00m spread at Portrush Jumping Arena''photo:Derek Simpson

Liam McGarry & Candis clear the 1.00m spread at Portrush Jumping Arena''photo:Derek Simpson

A feature of the showjumping at the Bowl Arena in Portrush is the large number of spectators who come to the shows which adds greatly to the unique atmosphere and gives much encouragement to both the organisers and competitors.

International Showjumping judge Janet Curry was the judge for the day assisted by Jill McWilliams on ‘the mike’ and with Eavan White on the Pocket the classes went off smoothly.

Action got underway with the 80 cm class for Club riders and first to score a double clear was Maghera rider Joanne Wilkinson riding her own Yellow Moon. The second class at 90 cm and first to record a double clear was south Londonderry rider Claire Spillane Pattison on her own Cor De La.

Class 3 at 1 metre had a large entry of 23 horses forward. This was the first of the jump-off classes and was won in some style by the young Coleraine rider Aoife Carr on Mrs Eavan White’s mare Kaleidoscope. This young lady is a prominent member of the local Pony Club. Two days earlier Aoife won a class at the Eventing Ireland one-day event at Finvoy. A pupil at Loreto College Coleraine she is also an Irish Cross Country schools champion runner.

The fourth class at 1.10 metres also attracted a large entry and was won by another local rider Tegan White riding her father’s Texan Style. This combination also won a major eventing class at Finvoy completing a memorable weekend for the Maddybenny Yard.

The fifth class at 1.20 metres attracted a strong entry and the win in this class went to a local girl Lisa Boyle riding her own Bannside Boy. Lisa put in a spectacular round against the clock to win by a fraction of a second from Donegal rider Simon Scott on Jasmine Tide.

The final class at 1.30 metres had a small but select entry and was won by the young Donegal International rider Kenneth Graham on his mother’s Lenamore Donatella with Simon Scott in second on Carnmoney Bridge Diva.

Course builders for the Show were David and Sylvia Nicholl who produced courses up to their usual high standard.


Class 1 - 80cm: 1st, Yellow Moon, Joanne Wilkinson; 2nd, Taylor’s Girl, Caroline Taylor; 3rd, Cruising on Red, Jane Kealey.

Class 2 - 90cm: 1st, Cor De La, Clarke Spillane Pattison; 2nd, Roundstone Star Express, Ruth Hunter; 3rd, Ballyengland Festival, Catherine Morrow; 4th, Tutankhamen, Grace McGarry; 5th, Fionn Ascial, Laura Doherty

Class 3 - 1 metre: 1st, Kaleidoscope, Aoife Carr; 2nd, Candis, Liam McGarry; 3rd, Lucy Oliver, Naomi Wilson; 4th, Redwood Humphreys, Philip White; 5th, Senator 180 Liam McGarry; 6th, Apollo Blue X, Liam McGarry; 7th, Templehill Ludo W Lady, Chelsea Robinson

Class 4 - 1.10 metres: 1st, Texan Style, Tegan White; 2nd, Ploverfield Lilyana, Simon Scott; 3rd, Ballymullholland Echo Lass, Simon Scott; 4th, Delton, Michael Cave; 5th, I Ain’t No Lady, H Pearson Murray; 6th, Cruising For Pleasure, David Taylor; 7th, Hermes De Cavalier, J P McGranaghan; 8th, Just Because D & M, Claire Doherty; 9th, The Pretty Woman, Sarah M Kelly

Class 5 - 1.20 metres: 1st, Bannside Boy, Lisa Boyle; 2nd, Jasmine Tide, Simon Scott; 3rd, Democrat, Kenneth Graham; 4th, Dinletto R K, Claire Doherty; 5th, Texan Style, Tegan White; 6th, K G Star, Kevin Mackey

Class 6 - 1.30 metres: 1st, Lenamore Donatella, Kenneth Graham; 2nd, Carnoney Bridge Diva, Simon Scott; 3rd, Gregory Courage, Kevin Mackey; 4th, Carnoney Bridge Sister Kate, Simon Scott.