A super day’s jumping took place last Sunday the 14th of August at Deane’s Equestrian Centre as we reached the Final of the Summer Showjumping League. The riders arrived early to prepare and plait their horses, view the course and hopefully settle their nerves.
Once again it was Tiernan McGill who started the show with some super jumping on his pony Buzz Light Year earning a clear round in the Starter Stakes. Not to be out done Daithi McGill also jumped a great clear round on Buzz and Freeya Moohan continued her good form to pick up yet another clear round rosette on Meenarillagh in the 40cm class.
In the 50cm Class all the riders jumped clear but it was Rebecca Morrow on Lincoln who had to work the hardest to earn a much deserved clear round rosette. Kathie Boyle on Uisce also jumped a great round.
The 60cm Class is where the jump off action begins. Amy Barron on Tango, Kimberly Koesling on Scarlett and Hollie Bradley also on Tango all jumped clear in the first round and were eligible for the jump off. The pressure was on and first up was Hollie Bradley on Tango, she had a super start and took the the best lines to the fences but a mistake at the third last fence ruled her out of top spot. Kimberly Koesling was next up and Scarlett did not put a foot wrong and despite taking the longer route she was clear in a time of 69.28 secs and currently 1st place. Next up was Amy Barron on Tango, she had to go clear but in a better time than Kimberly. She set off with determination and was up on the clock but an error on the way to the second last fence meant that she picked up 4 faults in a time of 45.56 secs but only good enough for 2nd place.
The 70cm Class saw 4 riders jumping clear rounds. They went to Maria Doherty on Solly who unfortunately wasn’t eligible for the prizes, Kelly Ann McGrath on Lady, Ally McClay on Jayzee and Lucy Stewart on Dedo. The jump off proved to be very interesting as errors and nerves played their part. First up was Lucy Stewart on Dedo the crowds favourite but it was not to be their day as a tight turn at fence 2 proved to much and they picked up a total of 12 faults in a time of 77.34 secs. Kelly Ann McGrath set off with her big horse Lady and started well but a huge leap at fence 4 saw her bounced out of the saddle and eliminated. So it was down to Ally McClay on Jayzee and she jumped clear in a time 51.45 secs to take 1st place.
The 80cm Class proved to be just as tight a competition with only four riders jumping clear rounds. Hannah Marie Slater on Pierre had any unlucky fence down so didn’t make the jump off but was in 3rd place for the class. It came down to Cyndi Graham on Dougal and Ally McClay on Jayzee for 1st and 2nd place. First into the arena was Cyndi on Dougal in their first jump off, so they picked up speed and set off. On the tight turn to fence 3 they picked up 4 faults but a good time on 49.28secs. Next up was Ally McClay on Jayzee but they started slowly, and had the first fence down. So with encouragement from the sidelines they went for it and came home in a time of 45.62 secs to claim another 1st place rosette.
The 90cm Class saw Gemma Baird on Jasper and Hannah Marie Slater on Pierre all pick up faults in their rounds but when it came to the jump off neither horse or rider put a foot wrong. Gemma Baird on Jasper was first in and they flew around the course in a super time of 48.24 secs. Hannah Marie Slater on Pierre knew what was needed and they set off at a great pace and managed to take all the tight turns coming home in a time of 39.61 secs.
The 1m Class saw Marie Molloy on Dewey and Gemma Baird on Jasper both jump super clear rounds. With Gemma Baird on Jasper picking up the class win. While in the 1.10m Class Marie Molloy jumped a lovely round but picked up an unlucky 4 faults at fence 2.
Our overall Summer League Showjumping Champion goes to Ally McClay on Jayzee who performed brilliantly over the course of the league with a total of 40 points and came 1st in two classes on the final day. Best turned out riders went to Freya Beales on Piper and Kathie Boyle on Uisce. A special prize went to Rebecca Morrow on Lincoln for most improved and determined rider over the league.