Wallslough Village, Co Kilkenny was the venue for this years South Leinster Finals for both Horses & Ponies.
The Hughes family put in a superb effort to ensure that the facilities and ground were in tip top condition for the competitors on the day and this was applauded by all.
The pony and horse classes have been well supported throughout the year at the local venues in the county and we have to thank especially the sponosors of all the classes, Youngs Motors, Smithwick Solicitors, Top Flight Equestrian, Caulfields Super Valu, Red Mills, Clear Round Catering, Uppercourt Stud & our newest sponsors Steaks Direct & Grassland Haylage. Without the support of the sponsors these shows would not be possible.
Bursaries for training from some of our top local show jumping trainers was also on offer to the Pony Riders & Connollys Red Mills generously sponsored all the Horse leading riders with rugs, vouchers and jackets.
The pony classes were all hotly contested on the day but it was Michael Pender who scooped both the 128 90cm and 128 1m class, generously sponsored by YOUNGS MOTORS to ensure that he took both red ribbons on the day and the leading rider awards for both the classes on Madges Jane Lady
John Murray riding Liz Murrays Qualtum QT left no stone unturned as he stopped the clock 3 seconds ahead of Rory Doyle and Coolio in the 138 1m SMITHWICKS SOLICITORS final with a superb clear round to take the win on the day. However it was not enough to secure the leading rider award that went to Victor Costello who had been cosistent throughout the league.
Sarah Kate Young sped to an amazing win in the 138 1.10m SMITHWICKS SOLICITORS final on Kiltormer Dan, being the only double clear of the event 5 seconds clear of Susie Ocborne on Milchem GTI, to ensure that she took not only the win in the final but also the overall leading rider award of the league.
The 148 1m and 1.10 classes were sponsored by Top Flight Equestrian & Caulfield Super Valu respectively.
Hannah Holden ensured victory from Susan Fitzpatrick & Ghost Rider in the 148 1m final as Roxy Twister made nothing of the tight turns to scoop the win in fine style. Overall Leading Rider was Katie Russell & Lily Flight who had to settle for overall 3rd placeon the day, but this was enough to take the award for their efforts over the league, so congratulations to them.
In the 148 1.10 final the overall leading rider was Eoghan Murphy. Unfortunately Eoghan did not make the line up in the final jump off, but had enough points to carry the leading rider award for this class. The class winner in the final was William Hickey who was riding Lucy Hickeys Regardless, who rode by his name to score from second placed Aoife Dempsey & Montys Touch who were the only other double clear in this competiton.
Pat Drennans courses for the horse classes caused the riders and horses a few dilemas across the day, with correct lines and accuracy being required across all the competitions. This proved excellent in the finals with jump offs being very competitive altogether.
Connollys Red Mills sponsored the 1m horse final. Leading rider Andrew Thornton on Aphrodite Orca Phoenix was unlucky to make it through to the jump off after a late falling pole. However the combination had competed successfully throughout the league to tkae the overall leading rider award much to the owner Sarah Gannons delight.
On the day though it was Patrick Drennan on Randomer, last years leading rider, that stopped the clock marginally in front of the evergreen Jo Cruise and Mary Ellen O'Brien to take the prize on the day. Lisa O'Farrell slotted into 3rd on Maria Raggets Grovine Bullseye.
Gemma Drennan made it a very profitable week following up on her placings in Ennis at the National Horse Championships on Gods Gift, scooping the 1.10m final 4 seconds ahead of Cian Hutchinson on Castleroche Red October and Aishling Miklas on Lassban Miss Congeniality. Gemma also took the leading rider award after winning the majority of the league legs and also she took the 120m class which was a superb achievement for the league.
However Drennan was left out of the 120m jump off as were a good number of the field as it was reduced to 5 in the jump off. Marie Hartley and My Clover Mover posted the fastest time but 2 poles down put them back in the placings. Last to go was Michael Hutchinson (jnr) on his own LeeAnn as he took no prisoners to score by 3 seconds from Lisa O'Farrell riding HHS Funkytime, both posting the only double clear rounds in this class.
Six riders made it through to the 130m final jump off. Lisa O 'Farrell and Erkina Heather posted a careful and accurate round to secure the class from Eddie Moloney and Dante Van De Nordheuval. Sarah Lang & Kingdom Warrior although posting the fastest time in the jump off, tipped one too many pole and finished down the line up. However they had enough points to secure the overall leading rider award for the league.
128 80cm divided between Laurence Costellos Go for Miles(Gillian Costello); Simon Youngs Kiltormer Littel Gem(Emma Young)
128 90cm - YOUNGS MOTORS FINAL
1st Michael Penders Madges Jane Lady(Micheal Pender); 2nd Sorcha Foleys Fyling Star(Jason Foley); 3rd Conrad Murrays Heather Molly(John Murray); 4th Simon Youngs Kiltormer Little Gem(Emma Young); 5th John Lancers Miss Charming (David Lawlor); 6th John Aylwards Coppenagh Spirit(Oisin Alyward)
Leading Rider ; Micheal Pender
128 1m - YOUNGS MOTORS FINAL
1st Michael Penders Madges Jane Lady(Michael Pender); 2nd Conrad Murrays Heather Molly(John Murray); 3rd Sharon Fitzpatricks The Siver Legend(Susan Fitzpatrick); 4th Sorcha Foleys Sparkel(Jason Foley); 5th Sorcha Foleys Remington Steel (Jack Foley); 6th Marguerite Ryans Charlotte Supreme(Michael Pender)
Leading Rider ; Michael Pender
Section B non qualified Brian McDonaghs Taggarts Express(Susan Fitzpatrick)
138 90cm divided between Paul Lynchs Kiltormer Hero(Jack Foley); Sylvester Ryans Deanos Beano(Maeve Ryan); Conrad Murrays Ruscai Earl Boy(Lorna McGuinness); Seamus Killorans Mr Topper(Niamh Byrne Killoran); Helen Hartys Dawn Dust(Roisin Oates)
138 1m SMITHSWICKS SOLICITORS FINAL
1st Liz Murrays Quantum QT (John Murray);2nd Denis Doyles Coolio IPC (Rory Doyle); 3rd Ruscai Earl Boy(Lorna McGuinness); 4th Helen Carways Sledgers Gxl (Anna Carway); 5th Sinead Byrnes MHS Alaska (Ruth Brennan); 6th Michael Penders Tagoat Lad (Michael Pender)
Leading Rider ; Victor Costello
138 1.10m SMITHSWICKS SOLICITORS FINAL
1st Simon Youngs Kiltormer Dan (Sarah Kate Young); 2nd Milchem GTi (Susie Osborne); 3rd Laurence Costellos Ruthstown Trooper (Victor Costello); 4th Elizabeth Hughes Brenanns Boomtime(Susan Fitzpatrick); 5th Sharon FitzpatricksWoodfield Spartacus(Susan Fitzpatrick); 6th Helen Carways Sledgers Gxl(Anna Carway)
Leading Rider Sarah Kate Young
Section B - non qualified 1st Denis Doyles Coolio IPc (Rory Doyle); 2nd Niall Greenes Buckleys Touch(John Greene)
148 90cm divided between Simon Youngs Done and Dusted(Debbie Young); Sylvester Ryans Code Cracker(Kate Ryan); John Aylwards Coppenagh Tom Sparrow (Cian Aylward); David Maguires Connys Cross(Daniel Holden)
148 1m TOP FLIGHT FINAL
1st Roxytwister (Hanna Holden); 2nd Sharon Fitzpatricks Ghostrider (Susan Fitzpatrick); 3rd Lily Flight (Katie Russell)
4th Mayday Cruise (Aoife Cairns); 5th Glencaugh Blaze (Emma McCreery)
Leading Rider Katie Russell
148 1.10m CAULFIELDS SUPER VALU FINAL
1st Lucy Hickeys Regardless (William Hickey); 2nd Linda Dempseys Montys Touch (Aoife Dempsey); 3rd Roddy Deans Ballyvellon Smooth Mover (Emily Dean)
Leading Rider Eoghan Murphy
section B - non qualified Helen Carways Trendy Captains Dream(Anna Carway)
90cm divided between Martin Walshs Lowhill Glenard Lad(Jenni Lamminen); Jim Doyles Uskerty Sweet Lad(Killian Dunne)
1m - RED MILLS GROCARE 10 FINAL
1st Nora Drennans Randomer(Patrick Drennan); 2ns Noel O'Briens Jo Cruise(Mary Ellen O'Brien); 3rd Maria Raggets Grovine Bullseye(Lisa O'Farrell); 4th Jenny Costellos Shannondale Carel(Jenny Costello); 5th Marian Hughes HHS Louis(Cian Hutchinson); 6th Marie Hartleys Next Top Model(Marie Hartley)
Leading Rider - Andrew Thornton & Aphrodite Orca Phoenix
Section B - non qualified divided between Thomas Brennans Coolgrange Mustard(Eddie Moloney); Mary T Roynanes Togher Tequila(Mary T Roynane); Mary T Roynanes Landgravin(Mary T Roynane); Killian Dunnes Gettysburg(Michael McGuinness)
1.10 - CLEAR ROUND CATERING FINAL
1st Nora Drennans Gods Gift(Gemma Drennan); 2nd Heather Purcels Castleroche Red October(Cian Hutchinson); 3rd Wendy Miklas Lassban Miss Congeniality(Aishkling Miklas); 4th Margaret Widgers Careful 23(Margaret Widger); 5th Marguerite Ryans Sandbalin(Marguerite Ryan); ^th James Furlongs Nicky Dalton(David Furling)
Leading Rider Gemma Drennan & Gods Gift
Section B non qualified divided between S&L Farms Beasley M(Francis Connors); Elaine McGoverns Piaget(Francis Connors); Ann Connors Just Jump(Francis Connors)
1.20 - UPPERCOURT STUD FINAL
1st Michael Hutchinsons LeeAnn(Michael Hutchinson jnr); 2nd Marian Hughes HHS Funkytown(Lisa O'Farrell); 3rd Nicholas Marnells Outrath Dutchess(Nicholas Marnell); 4th Lisa O'Farrells Erkins Heather(Lisa O'Farrell); 5th Marie Hartleys My Clover Mover(Marie Hartley); 6th Lisa O'Farrels Next Flight (Jack Andrew Hutchinson)
Leading Rider Gemma Drennan & Gods Gift
1.30 - STEAKS DIRECT & GRASSLAND HAYLAGE FINAL
1st Lisa O'Farrells Erkins Heather(Lisa O'Farrell); Eddie Moloneys Dante Van De Nordheuvel(Eddie Moloney); 3rd Andrew Doogues Zanzibar V(Michael McGuinness); 4th Raymond Morrisseys Miss Cruising Lux(Francis Connors); Seamus Hayes Over the Mountain(Francis Connors); Sarah Langs Kingdom Warrior(Sarah Lang)
Leading Rider Sarah Lang & Kingdom Warrior