No Rough Diamonds Here
Dollanstown Stud was the setting for Leinster Dressage's second leg of their winter league. Entries were huge with over 120 tests judged in 13 classes by Mary Cannon, Karen Munnelly, Jackie Doherty and Marion Greene. The day started off bright and crisp with the first competitors undeterred by the light frost making their way to Dollanstown.
Mary Cannon judged Preliminary 17 and Novice 33 was very enthusiastic about the tests she judged. She was delighted that the standard of horses and the level of riding was so high. Danielle Naughton riding Grenada were her clear winners with 72.5% in Prelim 17 while Ringwood Hatti and Katie Nolan were just one mark ahead of Bernie Foley with Smart Coin to win in Novice 33.
Karen Munnelly had the unenviable task of judging 45 horse and rider combinations in the three classes of Preliminary 10 which included two of the three Amateur Classes. Leinster Dressage is running amateur classes during the league aimed at attracting potential new members to Dressage Ireland. The Amateur Preliminary & Novice Classes are open to all registered and non-registered riders who have not been placed 1st-4th in registered competition in the last 12 months including eventing, or riders who have been previous winners of an Amateur League and who do not train any riders or horses in any equestrian discipline for monetary gain. These classes attracted good entries last Sunday with 22competing in the Amateur Horse and Amateur Pony preliminary classes, both doing Preliminary 10, and the Amateur Novice 33 classes. Of the combinations she judged at this level Karen's advice was that most riders could seek more activity from behind to best show the horses true colours and potential. The Amateur Unregistered Pony Class winner was Kate Finnegan and Quantum Troy while the Horse Class winner was Pippa Tuthill and Shaldon. The registered Preliminary Test 10 saw a tie for first place between Katie Timmins (Shiraz Murphy) and Susann Tschoerner (Landos Rolling Clover) both having been awarded 68.18%.
Jackie Doherty judged Novice Test 27 and while she felt that some maybe didn't perform their best on the day she clearly liked what she saw in Buddy Holly and Gillian Martin Smith's performance awarding them a score of 74.28%. Annora Whitely riding Regency Goldrush and Sally Corscadden were second and third with scores of 66.07% and 63.57% respectively. Elementary Test 50 saw a reversal of fortune with Annora Whitely and Regency Goldrush (63.93%) coming four marks clear of Gillian Martin Smith and Buddy Holly (63.21%) for first and second this time with Katie Nolan riding Foxtrot II taking third (61.79%).
Sally Corscadden and Milridge Kalmar were featured well winning both the Elementary Test 58 and Medium Test 75 classes which were judged in the outdoor by Marion Greene. Following withdrawals, Phillipa Teggin and Seron were the only competitors in the final class of the day the Advanced Medium and were awarded 63.93% by Marion Greene.
Pat Ryan was show secretary for the day and herself and her writers, callers and scorers did a great job keeping the show going with plenty of sandwiches, teas and coffees for the judges to ward off the cold! Clare Fitzsimons, Chairman of Leinster Dressage said that she was delighted with the success of the Amateur Unregistered Classes and that it is great to see so many new riders coming onto the dressage scene. The next show on March 11th is also to be held at Dollanstown, by kind permission of Rolf & Ulla Seidel, and Lars & Caroline Bjoerk. Full details of the classes and tests are available on this new regional website which is regularly updated with any relevant news and information. Finally, Dermot Cannon, has kindly agreed to provide judges commentary of dressage tests at the next Leinster Dressage show in Dollanstown on March 11th. Riders and spectators alike can come and gain a valuable insight into what the judges are looking for in various movements. The Leinster Region hope to see you there!