Dressage season draws to a close
A GROUP of four Ashford riders certainly brought their A-game to the Eastern Region Dressage Leagues at Marlton Stud where they were crowned the champions of the team event.
Running alongside the league on Saturday, September 2, was the David Pinnell Memorial team competition, which was open to all classes and which involved teams of three or four riders, with the top three scores counting.
Carole Thornton, a list 1 judge from the UK, was joined on the judging panel by Vanda Robinson and Damian McCormack.
For many competitors, it was an opportunity to get some final practice in prior to The National Championships later this month.
This year, two new sections were added to the league’s categories: the Trailblazers and the Irish Breeds category. The trailblazers championship was very closely fought and it was late in the day before Rebecca Payne and the ever consistent Casper the Ghost emerged as the winners.
The Irish native breed section was dominated by Connemara ponies, with Niamh Nolan and Barravalley Lightening winning this section. This combination also took home both reds in her preliminary section.
The highest percentage of the day was from the FEI fouryear-old class, where Colm Fitzpatrick and Hadrian C De Jeu scored 81.30 per cent.
The Preliminary League Champion was Daphne Lush and Millpoint Carnival.
Laura Hall of Ashford and Kasala Casanova were crowned the novice champions. Laura has had a very sucessful year with her two horses and also won the elementary league with her other horse Strattonstown Warrior
The advanced section went to Karen Bennett with her Stallion Urco. The final presentation of the day was for team competition and the award went to a team of Ashford locals – aptly called ‘The A Team’ – featuring Colm Fitzpatrick, Finn O’Gara, Sandra Stanley and Laura Hall.
Ashford locals Laura Hall, Sandra Stanley, Colm Fitzpatrick and Finn O’Gara, who won the team competition.