Gransha Show 2012
The Gransha Show held on Saturday 8th September was a lovely day out for all that attended. The sun shone surprisingly, the ground was in lovely condition and the judging was excellent.
In the Family Pony Ring Holly Hayes concluded the day’s judging by placing Katie McKee and Rex as Champion with Sophie Price and Sweet William in the Reserve spot. This came after Darcy Lapin won the first Lead Rein class on Tommy Tucker. In the Lead Rein class with trotting Charlotte Glenn on Dino took the red ribbon followed by Lucy Donnan riding Holly, and Curtis McCartney on Barley Sugar. The prizes in the First Ridden pony classes went to Lucy Gabbey riding Glassmullan Mickey Mouse followed by Robbie McCartney on Barley Sugar and in the First Ridden with Canter first place went to Katie McKee on Rex. In second place was Robbie McCartney with Barley Sugar followed by Rose Demonthmoreney receiving the third place prize.
In the Family Pony class for ponies up to 133cm Sophie Price riding Sweet William stood in first place, beside her in second was Ellis Pollock on Magical Mystical Gold and in third place was Teoni-Lee McKibbin and Black Jack. In the bigger Family Pony class first was Rebecca Furphy with Bob Along Bill, second was Taylor Pollock riding Star. The last class of the day was the coloured pony class, which was won by the overall champion Katie McKee with Rex with Emma Connolly and Princess Panda finishing a close second.
Jamie Smith and Jessica Whitney carried out their judging duties in the Ridden Horse classes expertly, riding all the horses beautifully and pleasing the owners immensely. First in the Family Riding Horse was Kinnaveeilish Cappuccino ridden by Dalene Hamilton followed closely by Revies True Diamond ridden by Norma Crooks. It was great to see one of the more mature riders taking first place in the Ridden Hunter competition as Barry Marsh rode his own Innisharoan Mist leaving Clare Sloan and Rockrimmon Vise Versa in second place. The winning Small Hunter and Ridden Horse Champion was Done and Dusted ridden by Robin Herron, leaving Karina McVeigh on Midnight Reflection in second place and Dalene Hamilton and Cappuccino in third.
The Reserve Champion of the day was the winning Cob, Wee Rosco ridden by Jackie Manning while standing second in the Cob class was Kate Speers on Ringo.
The Riding Horse Class was won by Midnight Reflection and Karina McVeigh, who also won the coloured class, closely followed by Kerry Blain with the handsome Frazer. Second in the coloured class was the very versatile Cappuccino and Dalene Hamilton while third place went to Sarah Curry riding Joey.
The Veteran Riding Horse and the Race Horse to Riding Horse classes were amalgamated giving Sara Brashaw on Sir Barney and Louise McMinn and News Item both first ribbons and Kerry Blain and Frazer receiving the second placing.
In the Working Hunter ring Jamie Smith and Jessica Whitney carried on their high standard of judging, riding all the horses and stripping them for the conformation phase. The conclusion was that Spirit of Harwood owned by Gwyneth Wilkinson and ridden by Alexandra Clark would not only win the novice but also the Small Horse class and the overall Working Hunter Championship.
In second place was the talented Come What May ridden by Cara Swanston, while the pretty Pinecroft Bellissimo ridden by Jessica Knowles took the third place ribbons. Sir Barney and Try Again finished on the same marks but Sara Brashaw on Sir Barney had slightly better marks in the jumping phase so took forth place leaving Doreen Wallace and Try Again in a commendable fifth position. Receiving the sixth place rosette were Eugene and Lisa Cooper.
Alexandra Clark was in winning form and took the red ribbon and overall Reserve Championship in the open Working Hunter class on Arubahrain, closely followed by Lynn Ireland on Barry Marsh’s Innisharoan Mist.
The Pony Working Hunter Classes were not very busy, but the Judges Sharon Hayes and Ruth Gilmore gave the Riders plenty of time to prepare themselves and their ponies to get the best possible results. Teoni-Lee McKibbin was delighted with her first red rosette in the 133cm novice class, while Tola Thompson on Buddy, Emma Connolly and Princess Panda and Sophie Price riding Sweet William competed in the 133 Open class and finished in the same order. The 143cm Novice class was won by Charlotte Demonthmoreney riding Rupert he Bear, followed by A Touch of Magic and Emily Magowan and Faye Gabbey with Fortview Honey Bear finishing first and second respectively in the 143 Open Class.
In the 153cm section Emily Magowan won the Open class on her second pony Cool Silome, while Sara Curry riding Joey was second to Zara Townley on Cuan’s Sea Storm who also was awarded the Reserve Championship with Champion Working Hunter Pony going to Emily Magowan and A Touch of Magic.
The riders in the Show Jumping commented on the excellent course and good ground in their arena. First in the Open Horse Class was Nicky Milligan on Orchid winning with a clear round against the clock ahead of Janice Reddy on Mero and Vicky Hail on Veda. Clare Sloan won the Intermediate with two clear rounds on Rockmount Vice Versa while those who jumped double clear rounds in the Novice class were Laura Monan on Oliver, Alison Simpson on Figaro Megan Robinson on Harry and Gemma Crooks on Mia.
In the Pony Competitions Stella Black and Caitlan McKechnie shared first place in the 65cm class on Blaircourt Toytime and Smokey Joe, sharing third places were Lauren Thompson on Cash and Taylor Pollock on Star.
In the 75cm class Pauline McCarthy and Taylor Pollock on Tara and Star shared first place followed by Stella Black on Blaircourt Toytime in third and Anna Brown on Sequin were forth.
In the Open class Sophie Price on Tommy Zoom lived up to his name and zoomed to first place against the clock knocking four seconds off Sequins time ridden by Anna Brown. In third place was Vicky Truesdale on Star followed by Sophie Truesdale on Erin.