Winter league competition and the intervenue league is getting more competitive as we draw closer to the Regional Championship Finals. There was an excellent number of entries and again a high standard of dressage on display. Despite the slightly snowy start, nothing was going to stop the competitors, all working hard to gain those final qualifying scores for the regional finals and the Winter National Finals, not to mention the continued high level of competition to be in the prizes in the Inter Venue League.
Class One and Two, Preliminary 15 and DI 18, were very popular with high entries. This week in Class One, it was Nicola McKee on VSH Gouveneur with 70% taking 1st place in the DI section, with Lisa Dundee on Loughries Look Now in 2nd and Mary Anne Brady on Ubert coming a close 3rd. In the NID section, Aaron Brown continued his recent good form with a 1st place on Yolanday and Aimee Maxwell on Romeo coming 2nd. Class Two saw Mary Anne Brady and Ubert continuing to take the ribbons, this time in 1st place with an excellent score of over 73%. Janice Campbell on the handsome Elpaso Eclipse taking tied 2nd place with another good score over 70% along with Linda McIlwaine on Beechmount Baxter. Aaron Brown continued to impress on Yolanday with another 1st place in the NID section and Victor Wilson took 2nd on Erieke.
Class Three, moved onto the Novice tests with Novice DI 23 giving Erin Burns and Harry Hoot a well deserved 1st place and Janice Campbell another 2nd place on Elpaso Eclipse.
Class Four moved onto Novice DI 27. This time Joanne Jarden took the top spot on MJI Wendy with a good score of over 73%, Lisa Dundee came in 2nd on Murphy’s Harlequine with over 71% and another rosette for Erin Burns and Harry Hoot in 3rd place. The NID section saw Alexa Grudgings on Cassado take her 1st red rosette of the day.
Class 5 moved onto the Elementary tests with Elementary DI 46. Ryan Hopper on Keeford Freckleton Montrose took 1st place and Emma Andrews and The Elf took the blue rosette in 2nd place. Moving onto Class 6 and Elementary 45, saw Alexa Grudgings and Cassado taking another 1st place with a score just over 68%, Karen McKeown and VSH Colando taking 2nd place and Nicola McKee on VSH Connery coming in 3rd.
Class Seven moved onto the Medium tests and this time it was Lisa Dundee and the ever consistent Deja Vu Roundthorn taking 1st place with another good score of over 67%. Caroline Herron on Clantara Midnight Classic secured 2nd place with over 64%. The medium tests continued in Class Eight and medium 69, Elaine Morrow and Ardenza Gem came in 1st, Caroline Herron claimed another 2nd place and Jo-Anne Gibson and VSH Wannabe took the 3rd place slot.
Moving onto Class Nine and the Advanced Medium tests gave Becky Cullen and the handsome Glenhill Gold the top spot and in Class Ten, this time the red rosette went to Lucinda Webb Graham and Zidane. The Open class was hotly contested this week and there were some excellent displays of riding. First place went to Carolyn Mellor riding VSH Beaulero in Advanced 102 with a good score over 70%.
Lucy Adams and the impressive Get Set took 2nd place riding the Intermediare One test with a score over 68% and Carolyn Mellor this time riding VSH Florenciano in the Advanced test coming in 3rd.
The Para Grade 4 team test gave Jo-Anne Gibson and VSH Wannabe another placing this time a well deserved 1st place, and the Para Grade 1B test saw Louise Greer and Precious Pebbles also take home a 1st place red rosette.
Once again another enjoyable and successful show was had by all. This was also the 2nd round of the inter venue league and competition for a place is hotting up, full details of the points can be found on the NID website. The next show takes place this weekend at Laurelview and high entries already confirm this will be another fun and competitive show for all taking part. Full details of results and league placings to date can be found on the NID website. Good luck to all competing this weekend.