Leinster Dressage Winter League Final
The final of the Leinster Dressage winter league took place last Sunday in Killossery Lodge Stud. There were good entries and the final placings in most sections were decided on the results of each class on the day. Aileen Bradish riding Sam won both the Sunset House Stud sponsored Preliminary 14 and Ballinapark Stud Preliminary 19 leagues and also went on win the Leinster Dressage Preliminary trophy. This combination also won the Preliminary 19 class on the day on a score of 66.82% but had to settle for fourth place on the Preliminary 14 class which was won by Heidi Slott-Jørgensen (Engtofft’s Concore) 66.25%.
The Novice test 22 class was judged by Christine Bastow where Susann Tschoerner (Landanos Rolling Clover) scored an impressive 67.93% over Captain K (Catherine McCourt) 63.79%. Third placed Jane Whitaker and her coloured cob Ambrose were the HorsePlay.ie sponsored Novice 22 ultimate league winners. Pat Creighton judged the remaining classes and in Novice 38 Claire Cawley (Sweet Deceit) were several marks ahead of the EIS Bloodstock league winners. This combination were also the Elementary League winners taking home prizes sponsored in this section by Fox Equestrian.
The relatively new partnership of Leinster Dressage secretary Jennifer Egan and chestnut mare Peggy Sue won test 43 on a score of 67.58% while Andrea O’ Brien and the former eventer Flying High ML were second on a score of 66.89%. Having evented in all weather conditions probably played a big part in Flying High ML remaining calm and unaffected by a sudden, but thankfully brief, thunder and lightening storm while Andrea was later riding Elementary 53. Scoring a perfect 10 for one of the movements and several nines secured an unbeatable score of 78.52%.
The remaining classes were combined into a single Advanced League, sponsored by Ballinapark Stud. Tying on league points meant that winners of Medium test 64 Eilis von Cramon (Glenoaks Ash) and Medium test 69 Charlotte Walshe (Four Socks) were joint winners of this league. Another former event horse, Four Socks was also the winner of the Advanced Medium test 86 on another high score of 77.27%.
Michael Moore judged the popular Amateur Preliminary test 1 class as well as the registered Preliminary test 14. The winner in the Amateur section was Orlaith Frawley with "Father Dougal" on a score of 68.42%. This lovely combination will be seen again this season in upcoming AIRC competitions where they will undoubtedly be consistently in the ribbons.
The committee would like to thank all those who took part in the league, in particular the very kind league sponsors. Preparations are already underway for the Summer League and the first leg will take place in Killossery on May 18th. Further information and updates can be found on this website.