The SJI South Leinster branch show was staged recently in Wallslough, by kind permission of the Hughes and Brennan families. The show boasted three arenas and catered for ponies of all grades, horses from novice to Grand Prix and also Sportsman classes.
The weather remained kind and the jumping arenas were extremely well looked after and provided excellent footing for competitors.
Ponies started the action. Huge numbers entered for the Glencarrig and National under-8 and under 10 levels. All who competed in these classes benefit from two rounds of jumping and a fun atmosphere. This league runs nationwide and it was encouraging to see so many children enjoying the show.
In the upper grades of the pony competitions and the South Leinster Leagues, the 128cm sections, the sponsors were Young Motors, Kilkenny. John Murray and Emerald Chubba scooped the 128 (90cm) class. Jason Foley and Sparkel took the 128 (1m).
Smithwicks solicitors, Kilkenny sponsor the 138 sections. Here Shane Moloney and Cappagh Sparrow took the honours in the 138 (1m) class. The 138 (110m) went to Mikey Pender on Tagoat Lad.
Finally, in the 148 (1m) class, sponsored by Warrington Top Flight Equestrian Centre, there was no clear cut winner. None of the 17 riders produced a clear in the first round. Therefore they all received a participation point.
However, this was rectified in the Doyle Concrete 148 (1.10m) class when Aoife Doyle aboard Shangan Eric scooped the class from Anna Caraway and Trendy Captain Dream in a thrilling jump off.
In the horse arena, Pat Drennan set fair but technical tracks for all of the classes, notably in the jump off classes which were the 1m10, 1m20 and 1m30(s) Mini Grand Prix.
Seamus Hayes on Camary NB scooped the 1m10 class with a cracking clear against the clock. Second was Aoife O’Connor and Errigal Boy, who travelled from Co Kildare to compete. Third place went to Waterford based Raymond Morrissey and the plucky Spideoag An Urra.
Local rider Gemma Drennan took no prisoners in the 120m class with the evergreen Gods Gift and raced to victory from Tipperary rider, Brendan Ryan and Drombeg Hero, who tried their best to cut all corners possible. Third was Waterford rider, Francis Connors on Oilean Uno, who opted for a secure clear round.
The final class was the Leinster Summer Tour 130(s) class, which also formed part of the 130 South Leinster League competition. Twenty five competitors went to post over Pat Drennan’s challenging track, which featured a number of related distances and combinations.
Only three riders made it through to the jump off, Vicki Andreson on Zack, Aoife O’Connor on Portphilip Cruz Crew and local rider James Brennan on Dorothy May. Vicki Anderson was the pathfinder and scorched around with a safe clear round.
Her time was cut short when James Brennan took advantage of a few of the tighter turns. Aoife O’Connor lowered two rails to finish third. The win went to Brennan, keeping him at the top of the Young Rider table in the league, with Anderson slotting into second to add to her already fine placing in Coilog previously.
The judges were Agnes Gibbons White, Kathleen Tone and Francis Wheeler who put in exceptionally long hours over the day watching good jumping in both rings. Thanks also went to all the helpers, both before the event and on the day.