The 2015 Northern Ireland Dressage show season was well under way with a successful second show of the year held on Saturday 24th January at Danescroft Equestrian Centre. Despite the relentless cold snap riders have been battling of late, a great number of competitors turned out to brave the conditions. The weather did threaten a frosty start but became more forgiving as the morning drew on and offered some welcome sunny spells that lifted the spirits.
The riders in the ever popular Preliminary classes showed no evidence of having the January Blues. The top spot in the DI section in class one (BD Prelim. 12) went to Emma Hobson on Rolando, with the pair gaining a fabulous score of 73.20%. Second place was granted to Joanne Jarden on SBT Upmarket with 71.20%, and Lisa Dundee on Roundthorn Freestyle earned third place on a great score of 68.80%. In the NID section, a well deserved first place went to Aaron Brown riding his mount, Yolantay. The pair gained a very pleasing score of 71.40%. Shelley McFarlane and her bay gelding, Giddy Up, swooped in to grab second place on a score of 70.80% and Lauren Wasson riding Heather’s Boy got a worthy third place on 62.20%. In the unregistered section, Malachy Casement and his mount, Tullybroom Eddie, achieved a credible 66.40% for first place and Lucy Toombs riding Little Miss May slotted into second place with 63.40%.
In the DI section of class two, Preliminary 18, the red rosette was again went to the duo, Emma Hobson on Rolando, with a result of 77.5%. Joan Adrain riding Chitchat trotted into second place on 73.98% and close on their heels was Lynne Ireland riding Dowdstown Dancer, who reaped third place on 72.08%. Again, there were high scores and stiff competition in the NID section of this class. It was Suzanne Cobain and Duggie Girl on 68.54% who victoriously gained first place. Aaron Brown and Yolantay illustrated their talent for the future by again being in the placings with a very worthy second place on 65%. It was a great day out for Malachy Casement as he again got a well deserved red rosette on 70.83%.
Class three, the Novice class, demonstrated further talented combinations, especially with Joanne Jarden and her two mounts, Drunken Relation and MJI Belle Bonita earning a first and second prize on scores of 76.03% and 74.13%. Young rider Erin Burns and Harry Hoot followed closely and captured third place with 69.65%. In the NID section, Suzanne Cobain and Duggie Girl were triumphant again in the placings, this time attaining first place with 67.58%. Louise Craig and her mount Cooper scored 64.82% to acquire second place.
Class four, the second Novice class, again showed vigorous competition. It was Joanne Jarden on MJI Wendy and Erin Burns on Harry Hoot who swooped in to take the first two spots on scores of 70% and 66.25%. Well done to both Joanne and Erin – a great day all round! Janice Campbell and her mount Elpaso Eclipse captured third place with a worthy 66.07%. Anne Killen riding Riverview Patrick and Joanne McKelvie on Landor Lara Croft took a well deserved first and very close second place in the NID section of this class with scores of 61.78% and 61.25%. Malachy Casement continued his winning streak, only this time riding Michael M, when he won the unregistered section with 63.92%.
The Elementary class, judged by Angelene Nicholson, further depicted some of the high standards and talent that NID has to offer. It was Joanne Jarden who again slotted into the lead with MJI Wendy on 71.03%, however, the combination of Claire Sedgeman and Silken Art showed vigorous competition. Claire was granted with the blue ribbon on a very worthy score of 70.34%. In the unregistered section, Malachy Casement and Michael M took the top spot with 65.17%, David Wightman riding Capone slotted into second on 63.62% and Ruaidhri O’Cianain on Wishful Thinking earned a third placing with a score of 61.72%.
Class 6, Elementary DI 56, was won by Joanne Jarden and her successful mare MJI Belle Bonita on 65.64% – their second win of the day! Emma Andrews and The Elf qualified for second place with a commendable score of 64.83%.
Rosie Gomes judged class 7, Medium BD 63, and awarded a well deserved first place to Malachy Casement on Maestoso Evita VIII. The pair gained a praiseworthy score of 70.86. Roisin Muirhead and Dunsallen earned the second place on 67.06% and Claire Sedgeman and Silken Art sailed into third place with 61.2% – a fantastic score for this pair’s first Medium test together. Ellen McKeown and her mount, Milky Way, were the winners of class 8, Medium BD 75, with a mark of 54.05%.
A special mention needs to be given to the winner of both Advanced Medium classes, Becky Cullen and Glenhill Gold, on scores of 63.52% and 64.7%. It was Elaine Morrow riding Ardenza Gem who snatched up first place in the Advanced class on an outstanding score of 67.65% and Kirsty Jackson on General Gist who was awarded the red ribbon in the PSG class on 60.65%. Rosie Gomes again judged the FEI Pony Team class which saw the talented pair, Roisin Muirhead and Dunsallen, in the prizes as they took the top spot.
These results serve to highlight the exceptionally high standard of dressage in the North of Ireland at present, with a great number of riders gaining qualifying scores. This enables them to progress and compete in the the Regional and National finals.
Many thanks to all members who contributed their time and efforts to help on the day with scoring, scribing, sheet collecting. Many thanks to the judges, and to Danescroft Equestrian Centre for the use of their excellent facilities.
Details of tests etc can be found on the NID website www.nidressage.com This is the second show out of three in the exciting Inter-venue league. For further details and a glimpse of the league prizes, visit the NID Facebook page.