NID Winter League continued at Connell Hill on 8th February.
Despite the fog, there was a great turn out of riders and spectators for the continuation of the NID winter league this time held at Connell Hill, and also the first round of the new Intervenue League. At some points of the day, fog lights might have been needed, however riders and horses managed to still negotiate their way round in full view of the judges outdoors.
In Class One, Preliminary DI 15, the top spot went to Emma Hobson and the consistent Rolando with an excellent score of just over 79%, with Lisa Dundee taking second and third place on her two entries for this class, Roundthorn Freestyle gaining a score of 75.52& and Loughries Look Now, just following behind with 75.14%. In the NID section first place went to Joanne McSeveney and LCC Proano with a score of just over 70%. Class Two, Preliminary 13, judged by Janet Hall, saw the top spot again going to Emma Hobson and Rolando with another high score of over 71%. Linda McIlwaine and Beechmount Baxter slotted into second place and Elaine Martin on Miss Clover Odessey took third place with just over 65%. In the NID section Joanne McSeveney continued her winning streak again taking first place on LCC Proano. Class Three moved onto the Novice tests with Novice 34, first place going to Sharon Watters on Menno Fan Wetsensbosch with just over 74%, Karen McCracken picking up second place in Univar with just over 71% and Linda McIlwaine coming in third for another solid placing with just over 71%. Class 4 Novice 38, moved indoors and gave Joan Adrain an excellent first place on Chitchat with a great score of just over 75%. Joanne Jarden continued her solid performance, taking second place on Drunken Relation and third place with MJI Bella Bonita, both achieving close scores of over 72%. In the NID section Alexa Grudgings picked up the red rosette with Cassado with a well deserved score of over 76%. Class Five moved onto the Elementary levels and gave Ryan Hopper a first place on with Keeford Freckleton Montrose, under the watchful eye of Janet Hall. Class Six this time judged by Alison Mastin Moore saw Joanne Jarden again in the ribbons with MJI Wendy in first place with 68.21%, just piping Alexa Grudgings and Cassado to the post, giving them a close second place with 68.04%. Megan McGrath slotted into third place on Romano Freres Jaques on just over 67%. Class Seven Medium 71 this time with Joanne Jarden in the judges seat, saw Megan McGrath continue to perform, this time with Dhumavarna winning the class with a good solid performance and score of 69.19%. Class Eight, the FEI pony team test, was judged by Alison Mastin Moore, and Lisa Dundee and the talented Deja vu Roundthorn took first place and Elaine Morrow and Ardenza Gem took second place. Class 10, the Advanced Medium, gave Lucinda Webb Graham the top spot on Zidane and Elaine Morrow and Ardenza Gem again taking another second place position. The last class of the day, class eleven, the open class, again judged by Alison Mastin Moore, saw Lucy Adams continue her excellent form with Get Set, winning the Intermediare 1 class with 69.47%, Lucy has also recently been granted permission to compete the talented Get Set at Small Tour level by Dressage Ireland Courtney Stuart also with Fanfarron 8 will be taking on the Small tour having also been granted permission. NID would like to congratulate Lucy and Courtney and are proud to have two prominent Northern Region Riders having this success, we wish them lots of good luck for the future with these two talented horses. Connell Hill also saw many riders now gaining their qualification scores needed for the regional final Championship classes, as well as the Dressage Ireland Winter National Finals in April and it is great to see so many northern region riders progressing well