Sunday 23rd was the start of the dressage Spring League at Deane’s Equestrian Centre Bruckless. Shampoo and plaiting bands were the order of the day as riders and horses were well turned out. Even though it was a chilly day we were bathed in glorious sunshine for the most of the day.
Class 1 was the Pony Club Walk and Trot test and Orla McDowel on Culmore Breeze started the day with a great display but hot on her heals was Nuala O’Donnell riding Pearl in her first competition, despite a tricky start they soon settled to ride a good test.
Class 2 was the Pony Club Introductory Dressage test and by the end of the class there was only 5 percent between the top 6 riders. Aileen O’Keeney on Tia took top marks for the class with a score of 64.60 percent with Lauren Bradley on Tilly Tequila close behind on 64.00 percent.
Class 3 was Dressage Ireland Test P5 and the competition was again close with 0.34 of a percent between local riders Kirsten Rice on the Little Rascal and Shane Harley on Charlie but the honors went to Shane Harley who scored 65.51 percent.
Class 4 was Dressage Ireland Test N23 and yet again the fight came down to Kirsten Rice and Shane Harley with two fantastic tests but a small error by Kirsten allowed Shane a chance to take the lead with a great score of 66.13 percent.
Many thanks to the dressage judge Dymphna Lonergan from Fintra and scribe Maria Stack from Letterbarrow.
The league runs for 4 weeks and the riders must compete in 3 of the 4 weeks to be eligible for the final day.
The next competition at Deane’s Equestrian Centre is week two of the dressage league on the 30th of March. See the web site for further details www.deanesequestrian.ie
Score Collective Percentage
Orla McDowel Culmore Breeze 76 18 58.46
Nuala O’Donnell Pearl 75.5 17 58.08
Aileen O’Keeney Tia 97 26 64.6
Lauren Bradley Tilly Tequila 96 26 64.0
Damaris Scott Rebel Filly 93.5 25 62.3
Fiona Conaghan Orchid 95.5 26 63.3
Leah Curran Spot George 89.5 24 59.6
Hannah Marie Slater Tango 88.5 24 59.0
Rosalie Purcell Tilly Tequila 86.5 24 57.6
Katana Brown Jingle Bells 83.5 24 55.6
Mary Finneran Sasha 178 56 61.37
Vera Keatings Bushfield Lady 179 54 61.72
Shane Harley Charlie 190 61 65.51
Kirsten Rice The Little Rascal 189 61 65.17
Anne Walker Reuben 175.5 54 60.52
Lucy Stewart Dedo 187 56 60.32
Finula Coughlan Bambi 198.5 59 64.03
Kirsten Rice The Little Rascal 202.5 61 65.32
Shane Harley Charlie 205 63 66.13