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Leinster Dressage 13th July - Killossery

Published 22.07.2014

Sunday 13th of July saw the third leg of the Leinster Dressage Summer league taking place at Killossery Lodge Stud with 93 tests being ridden from Preliminary to Prix St George. In general all shows have been very well supported this year and we were delighted to see the same support at last Sunday’s show. The weather stayed on our side with the rain thankfully keeping away for the duration of the day. It was lovely to see such a friendly and relaxed atmosphere competitors, making the day enjoyable for all.

A last minute call up for judges Bernie Foley and Michael Moore was very much appreciated when Mary Cannon was unable to attend after being taken ill. All at Leinster Dressage wish her a speedy recovery. Mary’s husband Dermot had a long day of judging the long arena tests including the Prix St George which was won by Jo May aboard the evergreen Irish Draught Bannerman Breeze. The 19 year old Springpark Easy Breeze gelding has also had a very successful showing career before turning his hoof to pure dressage with his owner Debbie Temms.

Dermot Cannon was also very impressed by the Heike Holstein partnered five year old mare Sambuca in the Preliminary Category 2 section, to which he awarded the highest mark of the day of 75.23%. This homebred mare is by Samarant who is by the well known German stallion Sandro Hit and out of a Limmerick mare. Dermot commented on the super expression of the young horse who narrowly beat Alison Keogh and the four year old Dutch bred Fire Fly who scored an equally impressive 72.50%. Dermot commented that Heike’s mare had the edge on the day when it came to expression and movement but looks forward to seeing the two youngsters develop in the future. Making it a double, Heike also took the top spot in the Category 2 Novice BD39 test. When talking about the other lower level classes, Dermot thought there were some very nice horses amongst them and encouraged riders to strive to achieve more of a connection to achieve higher marks.

After a long day judging in the outdoor arena Michael Moore noted that the standard in the Preliminary classes was very good and thought the Novice test, DI N23 appeared straightforward the number of elements involved made it quite challenging. First place in this DI N23 class went to Angela Flynn riding her own six year old Wings of Justice sired Connemara gelding Bedrock Riley with Leinster Chairman David Keane in second with Viegro. The Preliminary DI P15 class also judged by Michael Moore was very hotly contested with the top four places having less than a percentage between them. First place went to Mairead Dolan riding her own Dime A Dozen gelding by Drumri, very closely followed by Aoife O’ Connor and Killough Benedict, Angela Flynn and Tequila Dun and in fourth place Kate Daly Ní Bhroin with Tentore Admiral.

Judge and Leinster Committee member Bernie Foley, who recently upgraded to List 3 following judges exams in Marlton in May, was wearing two hats on the day, that of both judge and competitor. The last minute call up to judge Elementary BD44 in Mary Cannon’s stead resulted in an early start to an already busy day for Bernie. Her winner in this class was Rose Whitely and her Connemara pony Count Christy with Jane Whitaker and Coppermine Doll in second. Commenting on the lovely atmosphere at the show, and the great quality of the surface, Bernie was pleased with the high amount of entries spread across the different levels. On a competitive note she was delighted with her mount Killossery Buddy. This former event horse, by local sire Moon Charm, previously competed up to 3* level and is now competing full time at dressage taking first place in the Category 2 Elementary (BD43) with a score of 67.07% and placing fourth in the Medium on the day.

Scoring 67.27% from judge Dermot Cannon in the second Preliminary class of the day, Kevin McGuinness took the top spot with his homebred, six year old mare, Coppermine Bella Donna by Loughehoe Guy leaving Kate Daly Ní Bhroin and Tentore Admiral to fill second. Ruth Wiseman partnered Good Grief to top the Category 1 Elementary BD43 while Christina Keane riding Don Quixote and Jo-Anne Gibson with VSH Wannabe each claimed 1st place in their respective Medium classes with two very polished performances. The Advanced Medium class was won by Rory O’ Hare riding the nine year old DBS Corland Gold. The pair have competed up to Intermediate level with Eventing Ireland and were contesting their first Advanced Medium class. Unchallenged in the second Advanced Medium and also the Advanced class, Heike Holstein claimed first place with her seven year old Cruising gelding Sweeps Crystal Cruise.

Our youngest competitor of the day five year old Laragh Byrne rode her eight year old pony Flossy to win the Dressage Demons A category with a very impressive score of 67.61%. Judge Bernie Foley commented on how well Laragh rode the test and advised her mother Sonya McCormack to watch out as Laragh will soon be competing hot on her heels! The second Dressage Demons class saw two of Leinster member Jane Bolton’s grandchildren battle it out for first and second place. Ellen McGuinness and Zoe Bolton both partnered Tilly B in two well ridden tests on their first outing with only 0.25% separating the two.

A special note of thanks to all helpers on the day especially to Joe and Orla Carroll who travelled from Tullamore to help out even though their horses are currently out of action. Also to Killossery Lodge Stud for the facilities, as both organisers and competitors commented on how well the surfaces had been prepared and the quality of footing in the two arenas.

—Angela Flynn