Last Sunday saw the final round of the Autumn League at Deane’s Equestrian Centre. The riders and horses were all polished to within an inch of their lives as they prepared for the final. There were also a few nerves on show but there was no time for that as the competition soon got under way.
The Autumn League Champion Rider went to Lucy Stewart on Dedo who was the most consistent and had the most clear rounds over the 6 weeks of competition in the 70 cm class. The Best Turned out rider went to Rebecca Morrow on Lincoln.
The 50cm class kicked off the day and all riders jumped clear.
The 60cm class saw all the riders who were clear, jump off against the clock. First up was the jump off for 3rd place between Hollie Bradley on Tango and Rebecca Morrow on Lincoln. Both riders were nervous but put in a super effort and jumped clear with Hollie putting in a great time of 36.25secs to pick up 3rd place on the day.
The jump off for 1st place was between Amy Gardner on Tilly and Freya Beales on Piper. Amy and Tilly were first into the arena and flew around setting a great time of 37.41secs. It was a good target and Freya and Piper tried their best but could not beat the time. So 1st to Amy Gardner , 2nd to Freya Beales and 3rd to Hollie Bradley.
The 70cm class saw Ally McClay pick up 3rd place but there was a jump off for 1st between Lucy Stewart on Dedo and Saoirse Doherty on Gortahork Solvig. Lucy was first in to tackle the course and she and Dedo took some super tight turns to record the fastest time of the day of 34.81secs. Saoirse now had the tough task of of trying to beat that time and she set off with determination and set a time of 36.20secs, good but not quick enough. That put 1st for Lucy Stewart, 2nd for Saoirse Doherty and 3rd for Ally McClay.
The 80cm class saw three riders qualify for the jump off for 1st place, Lucy Stewart on Dedo, Marie Molloy on Ruby and Saoirse Doherty on Gortahork Solvig. Marie Molloy on Ruby was at a disadvantage as the other two already had a speed round. Lucy Stewart on Dedo was first up against the clock but she was more cautious this time and set a time of 43.25secs. Marie Molloy on Ruby was quicker and set a time off 38.11 secs. Saoirse Doherty on Gortahork Solvig was determined and set a faster time of 37.41secs to pip Marie to 1st place. So 1st place for Saoirse Doherty, 2nd place for Marie Molloy and 3rd place for Lucy Stewart.
The 90cm class was won out right by Marie Molloy on Ruby.
The next competition will be the Winter League which will start on the 8th of January and run for 8 weeks.