It's all going on at Gransha
What wonderful weather for Gransha’s spring series of shows. With the weather set to stay fair, next week-ends’ Working Hunter shows, Ponies on Saturday and Horses on Sunday will be out in the field. These are qualifiers for the Northern Ireland Festival, and the fences have had their spring varnish lathered on this week so they will be looking their very best! There is plenty of grass cover and the ground is in excellent condition.
Horse World NI, the new mobile tack outlet will be in position again near the arena for any last minute requirements or a complete new wardrobe from top manufacturers if required!
There will be two bonus prizes for the class with the biggest entry each day sponsored by OrlDen. OrlDen Herbal Products provide creams for Eczema, Dermatitis and other human skin conditions and in the equine range have creams for ringworm, mange lice etc, with OrlDen Herbal Xtra particularly useful for treatment of Sweet Itch.
Last Saturdays Horse jumping was well attended, the weather bringing the fair weather jumpers out of hibernation. Loose Change, Lady Blackwood’s beautiful bay mare rattled out an excellent double clear to win the opening class of the day with Naula Belford on board. In the second class Albert Lowry lead from the start on Oh Dear, but was joined on the podium by Carol Harrison on Johnny, Zara Fletcher on Spingwell Boy, Lynn Ireland on Rockrimmon Star Turn and Vicky Teuton riding The Song Bird.
In the open section Highly Sprung showed the other horses a clean pair of heels against the clock, springing into the lead for Alanna Clegg, closely followed by Rachel Spence on Dylan and Sharon Lappin on Charlie.
The 90cm Novice competition gave us three double clear rounds for Vicky Teuton on Khan Do, Carol Harrison on Johnny and Chloe Mulholland riding her mums P.J. who also took the honours in the Open class piping Emma Foster on Kinder into second place.
As the fences got up to a meter and all the new fillers and beautifully painted poles and wings were in place the arena looked altogether very professional. Toby Fynn and Jonesy fought off stiff competition to hold his first place ahead of Joanne Foster on Kinder and Rachel Hughes riding Ollie.
In the 1.10m open class Gwen Scott’s experience and expertise showed while she controlled Dakota and coaxed Lulu into first and second places with Rachel Hughes and Ollie finishing a close third.
All the first placed competitors were very pleased with their vouchers from Horse World NI.
On Sunday the ponies were light on the ground, but those who did turn up were treated to an excellently prepared arena and challenging courses.
Jumping double clear in the 13.2 novice was Lucy Cunningham riding her two flying greys Misty and Cosmo while the only double clear in the 14.2 novice was Brook Angus on Mr. Murphy.
The intermediate 90cm class was hotly contested with little Run Away Dolly running away with the first prize and winning her rider Cerys Howell a coveted Horse World NI voucher. In second place was Emily MaGowan on Mango and third was Lucy Cunningham riding Misty.
The role of honour was reversed in the 1meter Open when Emily MaGowan thought she had blown her chances when she had a pole down in a very fast time, but as fate would have it Cerys had an uncharacteristic refusal leaving her in second place with Kiera Gilroy on Hill Storm in third, so Emily won a voucher to redeem in the Mobile Horse World NI tack shop.
For more details of the forthcoming events at Gransha check the events page.