Festive participations in the dressage day of Ardnacashel Disguises

On Sunday December 5, Ardnacashel Equestrian, Comber organized its dressage day in disguise. It was a beautiful sunny winter morning when the competitors, dressed in tinsel, Santa hats and even a few beards, arrived to participate! All under the expert eye of judge David Wightman, who also had to decide which entry per class would win Christmas chocolate for the best dressed!

The Assisted Intro class was first on the agenda and Ardnacashel regulars Sisters Rebecca Cowan and Elissa Cowan, beautifully turned as always, took first and second place respectively with ‘Beltoy Panteal’ and ‘Ruby Tuesday ‘.

Junior Intro was won by Caitlin Wells in her first test on her pony ‘Mika’, with a super score of 69.78%. Senior Intro was next and was won by Joan Fox on ‘Guinness’, with an extremely impressive 80.21% rate, with Jane Bruce winning Best Turned Out.

Faye Gabbey won the Prelim class with a score of 76.73% on the superb “Spud”, also winning the best result, with Jackie Flynn on “Meikle Dumbledore” coming in second.

In the four- and five-year-old class, Shenade Duggan took top honors with “Henry” producing an enviable score of 81.81%, followed closely by Karina McVeigh on “Coco” with 81.22%, who won the best rendering award.

The final class of the day was Novice, which was won by Caitlin Brown on ‘Monkey Business’ with 80.19%. Kim Constable took second place and the award for best rendering with ‘Urneypark Big Cat’.

The organizers would like to thank all of the competitors, who put in such a big effort with their Christmas outfits – it was nice to see everyone.

Please keep an eye on the Ardnacachel website for dates of all shows in 2022!


Sunday 5 December

Fancy dress dressage day

Assisted intro: 1) Rebecca Cowan, Beltoy Panteal; 2) Elissa Cowan, Ruby Tuesday; 3) Emily Melvin, Beauty.

Junior Intro: 1) Caitlin Wells, Mika; 2) Maya Constable, Peter the Great.

Senior Intro: 1) Joan Fox, Guinness; 2) Jane Bruce, Mill Road Rio (best exit); 3) Jackie Flynn, Meikle Dumbledore; 4) Kerry Dickson, a stolen star.

Junior Prelim: 1) Molly McCloy, Knocklane Cruise.

Senior preliminary: 1) Faye Gabbey, Spud (best participation); 2) Jackie Flynn, Meikle Dumbledore.

Four and five years: 1) Shenade Duggan, Henry; 2) Karina McVeigh, Coco (best outing); 3) Megan Hamill, The King’s Ransom.

Novice: 1) Caitlin Brown, Monkey Business; 2) Kim Constable, Urneypark Big Cat (Best Rendered).

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