Springing Steps at Killossery
Spring had at last bestowed a fine day for Leinster Dressage at Killossery Lodge Stud last Sunday. Having had to cancel the first show in January because of rain and postponing the Preliminary classes due to freezing fog in February the Leinster Dressage Committee were relieved to eventually have a bright spring day for the third leg of the winter Dressage Ireland league.
While entries were down somewhat because of the festive weekend the standard of tests ridden certainly were not. Killossery Lodge Stud owner Laura Glynn started off the days schedule judging the Amateur preliminary (BD Test 1) and registered Preliminary (Test 14) classes. The first three placings in the amateur class all scored over 65% with locally based winner Orlaith Frawley and the lovely Father Dougal scoring 67.37%. The registered preliminary classes also produced some high scoring tests with Glynn awarding Engtofft's Concore ridden by Heidi Slott-Joergensen an impressive 75.42%.
Pat Ryan officiated in the preliminary 19 long arena test where less than 1% separated the winner The Rascail (Helen Kearney) and Sam (Aileen Bradish). Ryan also judged the first of the novice tests (Test 22) and the winner here was a delighted Leinster Dressage Committee member Jane Whitaker (Ambrose) on a score of 65.86%. Proving itself to be a good day for the committee members, regional secretary Jenny Egan and her new mare Peggy Sue (64.41%) were also in the ribbons taking first place in Elementary 53 judged by Mary Cannon who also judged the second Novice test (Test 38) where her winner was Jenny Doran's HorsePlay Jamboree (64.84%).
Dermot Cannon judged the final classes of the day and the winner of Elementary 43 was Sylvia Cambell (PBM Clever's Son) scoring 64.14% with Jenny Doran and HorsePlay Jamboree taking second place. Charlotte Walshe and Four Socks might have been the only combination to ride Advanced Medium 86 but they produced a lovely test scoring a very creditable 65.45%.
The league winners and recipients of the Preliminary and Novice cups will be decided at the final in Killossery Lodge Stud on the 13th of April.