Nish Remains Supreme
The first leg of the Leinster Dressage winter league got underway last Sunday at Killossery Lodge Stud, Rolestown. Several new classes have been added to the 2009 schedule including a “Welcome to Dressage” a class open to registered and unregistered riders aged 12 to 18. The first winner of this was Katie Weldon (The Minstrel Boy) while Orla O’ Donoghue (Rd Cloud Z) and Hugh Weldon (Queenie) were second and third respectively. Oldtown-based Eimear Dunne (Ballustree Mr Bling) scored a creditable 71.9% in the Eventing Test BE 121, another of the new classes, aimed at provide training shows in advance of the upcoming Eventing Ireland 2009 season.
Sandra Carpenter riding Delphine Diamond clearly impressed judge Laura Glynn who awarded this combination 80% in Test 4 for first place in the first leg of new sponsor The Bespoke Cuisine Cookery School’s Amateur league.
Glynn was once again in the judge’s seat for the first of the registered classes, Preliminary Test BD 1, where Henrietta Nish riding the AIRC Festival Supreme Hunter champion and event horse Kilamanjaro also scored highly with 82.1%. Fellow Eventing Ireland competitor Jenny Doran and her young horse HorsePlay Yogi Bear were second with 76.84%. The long arena Preliminary Test BD 15 was judged by Clare Fitzsimons where Nish and Kilamanjaro once again took the red ribbon this time with a score of 71.74% leaving her in a good position in the Fox Equestrian Preliminary league which is calculated on the best placing in the two classes over the course of this four leg league.
Two long arena Novice tests were on offer and Test 38 was won by Jenny Doran (70.32%) this time riding her seasoned Dressage and Eventing campaigner by Puissance, HorsePlay Jamboree. Bernie Foley riding her Colourfield gelding Smart Coin showed a return to form after his winter break scoring 67.42% to win Test 37. School teacher Foley has had some lessons while on vacation in Portugal with Classical Dressage instructor Tomáz Noronha de Alarcão and has some details for others interested on the Dressage Ireland website in the Classifieds section. Henrietta Nish won the hat trick in her third test of the day when coming first yet again, this time on her experienced event mare Rocktown Spring, also by Colourfield, in Elementary Test BD 48. Jenny Doran (HorsePlay Jamboree) and Bernie Foley (Smart Coin) were second and third respectively. The next Leinster region show is on Sunday February 15th, the full schedule including details of the new classes and entry information are listed on the Schedule page.