Donegal Gaeltacht Riding Club’s much anticipated Beach Show was held on Sunday 29th July, and despite the rather formidable forecast, the weather held out on the day much to the relief of the organisers and competitors.
The reputation of the annual beach Show and the prospect of trying out the clubs new show jumps drew a large number of competitors from rival county clubs Letterkenny RC and Tirconnaill RC, as well as from competitors from Co. Leitrim, Co. Sligo and Co. Galway.
In Show Jumping, Liz Potter (Donegal Gaeltacht) had a well deserved win with her horse Clyde in the Primary class, followed closely Dawn Porter (Benbulben) on My Handsome Chap. Third place was won by Ryan McBride (Donegal Gaeltacht) on Bud.
In Advanced Primary, the pace was set at the beginning when the first competitor Rosaleen Harkin (Donegal Gaeltacht) with her horse Rosetown Rath pulled off a double clear round at just 0.21 of a second under the optimum time, she remained in 1st place throughout what proved to be a highly competitive class with Carla McGinley (Donegal Gaeltacht) coming in second with He’s a Dandy and Rudy Schneider (Donegal Gaeltacht) third with My Boy Boysie, both riders within half a second off the optimum time.
The Primary/Advanced Primary Pairs saw Donegal Gaeltacht club rivals Rosaleen Harkin and Lawrence Smyth join forces to make an unbeatable team and claim 1st place. In second place were Cathriona Goaley (Springmount) and Roisin McGee (Donegal Gaeltacht) Third place was won by father and daughter duo Tommy & Carla McGinley (Donegal Gaeltacht).
After an adrenalin filled jump off the Intermediate class was won by Ciaran Ridge (Springmount) with Rockbarton North, followed closely by Carmel Ferry (Donegal Gaeltacht) with Peppe Lad in second position. Rachel Burke (Belbulben) with Rockery Blue were placed third. They were the only riders to go clear in the jump-off.
Advanced Intermediate class saw Nadine Gallagher (Letterkenny) with Drumnacart Lass win 1st place, followed by her husband Damien Gallagher (Letterkenny) with Trial and Error in second position. Cormac McCormack (Letterkenny) was third with Lenamore Charlotte.
The Open class was won by Connor Gallagher (Donegal Gaeltacht) with Colourado Kid. Second was Laura Schneider (Donegal Gaeltacht) with Chloe Lass and third was Sally Mahon (Donegal Gaeltacht) with Kerrykeel Lad.
The Intermediate and Above Speed Pairs class was won by Paddy Gallagher (Letterkenny) and Cormac McCormack (Letterkenny), the only pair to go clear. In Second position was Connor Gallagher (Donegal Gaeltacht) and Carmel Ferry (Donegal Gaeltacht). Third were Sally Mahon (Donegal Gaeltacht) with Kerrykeel Lad and Laura Schneider (Donegal Gaeltacht)
Primary Dressage was won by Marie McCaffrey (Leitrim) with Garvlough Bay and Dawn Porter (Benbulben) was second with My Handsome Chap. Advanced Primary was won by Orla Moore (Letterkenny) with Lenamore Dubai Son. Sinead Fenton (Bridge) with Cotterstown Levi was second and third was Rudy Schneider (Donegal Gaeltacht) with My Boy Boysie. Intermediate was won by Libby Carton (Letterkenny) with Fenway. Rachael McCrossan (Donegal Gaeltacht) was second on Batteries Not Included and third was Damien Gallagher (Letterkenny) with Trial and Error. Advanced Intermediate was won by Laura Schneider (Donegal Gaeltacht) with Chloe Lass. Second was Tanya Jacob (Letterkenny) with My Pal Al and third was Cormac McCromack (Letterkenny) with Lenamore Charlotte. Open was won by Sally Mahon (Donegal Gaeltacht) with Kerrykeel Lad.
The Supreme Champion in the showing was Libby Carton (Letterkenny) and Fenway. The Reserve Champion was Cathriona Goaley (Springmount) and Curragh Whoopie.
Prizes on the day were sponsored Top Spec and Judge Saddlery.