Airc west November 2013
The North West league is thriving away with plenty of entries in all classes and levels, The North West league run classes for all levels starting with cross poles, 60cm Primary, AP, Intermediate and Advanced Intermediate and Open. The current leaders of the league are cross poles, Patrica Gormly and Pamela White. The 60cms leaders are Emer Hannaway, Evilina Wysznska, Dennis Green, the primary class has joint leaders Aine McLean and Paul Curren. The AP leaders are Rosaleen McGinley, Daniel Walsh and Ryan McBride. The Intermediate leaders are Clodagh Barry and Carla McGinnley, Nadine Gallagher is way ahead in the intermediate and above with Damian Gallagher and Claire Wylie tagging behind. Good luck to all who jumped in the final on the 24th November, hope you have a great time!
The West Clubs final was held on a very wet November 17th day at Hanleys in Claremorris, luckily there was a heater in the spectator’s gallery so when you wasn’t jumping you could watch in warmth and therefore created a party atmosphere. The Primary league was won by Monica Neilson, with Fiona Fenton in second and Frank Gilmore in third. The advanced Primary Class was way ahead with 27 points John Miland, with Rose Burke in second and Emer Glyn in third, Anna Burke was way ahead in the points for the Intermediate jumping and Storming Norman Tierney in second place, and Colm Kelly in third. Orla O’Brian won the Advanced intermediate class, just tipping Roddy Kelly by one point,and in third place Thomas Daniels. Riona Finn and Helen Nolan won the open class.
Not only was there jumping in the West Clubs league there was dressage too and the winners of the Primary class was Evelyn Coyne, with Kathleen Duggan in second and in third place was Sarah Slattery. The AP dressage was won by Christine McWilliams, with Fiona Fenton and Finola Murphy in joint second place. Fiona Monne steamed ahead for the Intermediate dressage, with Carmel Crowley in second and in third place Jayne Duston, the advanced intermediate class was won by Grainne Kelly, in second place Marjorie Hardiman and in joint third place Mark Field and Wendy Byrne.
The overall attendance was good despite the economic times we are living in and everyone had a good time and came away with plenty of rosettes!
Benbulben’s annual Winter Show was held on Sunday last November 10th, with competitors travelling from all over the Western Region including dedicated Donegal Gaeltacht Riding Club members from Falcarragh, Co. Donegal & Castle Carraig Riding Club members from Ennis, Co. Clare and riders from the various clubs in Co. Mayo & Co. Galway.
The rain thankfully stayed away and we were blessed with a lovely dry, if somewhat cold day. First of the competitive classes was the Primary Show Jumping which was won by Benbulben RC member Dawn Porter riding My Handsome Chap.
Next up was the strongly contested Advanced Primary class which was won by Rose Burke on Darragh from Dalysgrove RC, in second place was Benbulben’s Mary Lang on Merlyns Monty, third was Melinda Morgan on Petal for Benbulben, fourth was another Benbulben rider Sandra Start on Jake, fifth was David Walsh with He’s a Dandy for Donegal Gaeltacht & in sixth was Benbulben Treasurer Mary McMahon on Bobby.
This was followed by the novelty Pairs Class for Primary & Advanced Primary riders this was won by the partnership of Melinda Morgan from Benbulben with Petal & Lawrence Smyth from Donegal Gaeltacht on Jennys Jigsaw, with Dalysgrove duo Rose Burke on Darragh & John Miland on Holly in second .
The Intermediate Show Jumping was another hotly contested class, with an exciting Jump Off which seen the lead change a number of times. Glyn Morgan, the fastest granny in the West claimed victory for Benbulben on Tell Which Trump, Colm Kelly of Corrib was second on Rose of Castlerea, Benbulbens popular Chairperson Finola Murphy was third, on Drumcong Miller, while Charlie Vial of Tír Conaill claimed both fifth & sixth places with Nacho and Ozzy.
In the Advanced Intermediate class only three riders made it into the Jump Off where Gwen McDermott took the top spot for Benbulben with Kyleen Jean Claude, Benbulben’s Diarmuid Lang was 2nd on Diago, while Patricia Warren from Donegal Gaeltacht was very unlucky to have the last pole down with He’s a Dandy to finish in 3rd place.
A mishap in the warm-up seen Deirdre McDonald withdraw from the Open class, so Vanessa McDonald had the class to herself on Vanessa’s Pride but she still produced a lovely double clear to take the class for Benbulben.
The final class of the day was the much-anticipated Table C Speed for Intermediate and above riders, this was the most exciting class of the day with competitors racing the clock to get home in the quickest time and with seconds being added to their time instead of faults. In the end Benbulben riders dominated the class taking all six places, but it was Gavin Keenan & Ardgaineen Waltzer who came out on top, Gavin was keen to make amends for an earlier mishap in the Intermediate Jump-Off and he proved impossible to beat with a time of 60.67 almost a full second ahead of Vanessa McDonald on Vanessa’s Pride who took second spot in 61.56, Anna Burke took both third and fourth spots on Rookery Sparkle in 63.28 and Rookery Apache in 64.11, fifth was Joanna Kearns and West Coast Dreamer in 64.91 while Breda Perrin and Erronagh Sky took sixth place in 65.91.
In the Dressage arena Castle Carraig RC’s Geraldine Donoghue won the Primary class on Lucky Cosmo.
The Advanced Primary class was won by Benbulben’s Therese Anderson with It’s Zoro, in second place was Finola Murphy on Smokey Joe for Benbulben, Anna Burke took third for Benbulben on Rookery Apache, while Finola Murphy also took fourth with her second horse Drumcong Miller, Miriam Mangan was fifth for Benbulben with Carrowkelly Courcel.
In the Intermediate class Anne Granahan & Rookery Shadow from Benbulben were very well deserved winners, Catherine Meenaghan on Fire of Quantum was second, Brenda Burke was third for Tír Conaill on Bonnie MisMatch, Sharon McGowan of Benbulben took fourth spot riding Finola Murphy’s Smokey Joe for the first time, Breda Perrin took fifth for Benbulben with Erronagh Sky and Sharon McGowan also scooped sixth prize, this time on board Louise O’Hara’s BE Charisma.
Patricia Warren of Donegal Gaeltacht rode a beautiful test with He’s a Dandy to win the Open Dressage.
A big thank you to everybody who supported the show & everybody who helped out on the day. Special thanks to our judges Lizzie Naughton (Dressage) & Noleen Kerins (Jumping) and their 2 assistants, Richard Kerins who built a lovely course, Francie Kerins & Colm Kerins who helped with altering the fences between classes, to everybody else who helped to make the day such a success. Thanks to David Cunniffe who took lots of photos of the day.