Riders jump to success

Class 1A - Right to left: Abbey Kelly on Archie, Jodie Mann on Lizzie, Becky Mckinstry on Fern, Kerrin McGrane on Ollie and Caitlin McClorey on Fizz.
Class 1A - Right to left: Abbey Kelly on Archie, Jodie Mann on Lizzie, Becky Mckinstry on Fern, Kerrin McGrane on Ollie and Caitlin McClorey on Fizz.

Stranraer & District Riding club held their Arena Event on Sunday, May 5, at Terally Equestrian Centre, Port Logan, by kind permission of the Torrance family.

The course was built late on the Saturday night by Kara and the Terally crew and helpers ready for jumping the next morning. A lot of work goes into the building of this course as six cross-country jumps have to be collected from nearby fields and transported into the indoor school.

The object of this event is to jump six show jumps followed by six cross country jumps in as fast a time as possible and leave them all standing or a time penalty is incurred.

The first class saw the jumps sitting at 60-70cms. Sixteen combinations came forward and the class was divided into juniors and seniors.

Mhairi Ross was the first competitor on track and she showed everyone how to jump the course in a lovely clear, but faster times were to come and first place in the seniors went to Anne Jolly riding Ollie Murs in 1m 55secs. Ricky Whorlow on Monty took second place in 2mins 3secs and Mhairi Ross was third on Wally in 2mins 10secs.

In the juniors, it was Saskia Brown who narrowly beat Jodie Mann by four seconds in an extremely close battle.

In class 2, another huge entry of 16 began their battle with Olivia Cochran riding Maureen Rice’s Zebedee the fastest of the whole day in a time of 1min 41secs, racing round with the dust flying behind them. In the juniors, Abbey Kelly on Archie won with a lovely round in 1min 56secs, putting Jodie Mann into second place again. But Jodie and Lizzy had and two very good rounds in both classes.

It was then time for the small pairs competition. Riders and horses/ponies had to jump the complete course in as fast a time as possible. Anne Jooly on Ollie Murs teamed up with Maureen Rice on Lupino to take first place by one whole minute! There was no stopping Anne. Second place with two very respectable rounds were Jodie Mann and Saskia Brown.

The jumps went up for the next class to 80-90cms but the speed was still there for some. Olivia Cochran riding her own Lola won this class in 1min 50secs, flying round once again to collect her second red rosette.

In class 4, only two combinations came forward with Olivia Cochran on Lola beating their own time from the previous class to take her third red rosette, Joyce Lafferty on Reilly took a slightly more leisurely pace round the course with a lovely double clear in 2mins 04secs to take second place.

Only one set of pairs came forward to jump the larger class and this was Kara Torrance and Olivia Cochran, who both had lovely rounds with just two knock-downs to add to their times.

It was a very successful day and thanks go to the competitors who travelled up from Newton Stewart or further away.

Thanks also to all the helpers without whom it would not be possible. If you are interested in joining Stranraer & District Riding Club, visit www.stranraer-ridingcliub.co.uk or on Facebook.

Th next event is showjumping on Sunday, May 19, at 10am.

Results were:

Class 1. Juniors: 1. S Brown on Rocky 2.30, 2. J Mann on Lizzie 2.34, 3. A Kelly on Archie 2.48, 4. K McGrane on Ollie 3.26, 5. C McClorey on Fizz 4.03, 6. KTorrance on Honey 4.55.

Seniors: 1. A Jolly on Ollie Murs 1.55, 2. R Whorlow on Monty 2.03, 3. M Ross on Wally 2.10, 4. A Jolly on Ring the bell 2.22, 5. Y Coburn on William 2.53, 6. G Wilson on Renee 3.24.

Class 2. Juniors: 1. A Kelly on Archie 1.56, 2. J Mann on Lizzie 2.02, 3. B McKinstry on Disco Inferno 2.08, 4. K McGrane on Ollie 2.26, 5. C McClorey on Fizz.

Seniors: 1. O Cochran on Zebedee 1.41, 2. A Jolly on Ollie Murs 1.48, 3. M Rice on Lupina 1.54, 4. C McKie on Abbey 2.01, 5. A Jolly on Ring the bell 2.09.

Class 2A. Pairs: 1. A Jolly /M Rice, 2. J Mann/S Brown, 3. A Kelly/B McKinstry, 4. S McGhie/K McGrane, 5. K Torrance/O Cochran.

Class 3: 1. O Cochran on Lola 1.50, 2. K Torrance on Meara Lad 1.56, 3.= M Rice on Lupia 2.00/C McKie on Abbey, 5. B Briggs on Rock Star 2.02, 6. J Lafferty on Reilly 2.16.

Class 4: 1. O Cochran on Lola 1.49, 2. J Lafferty on Reilly 2.04.

Class 4A: Pairs 1. O Cochran/K Torrance.

Galloway Branch of the Pony Club

Triathalon

On 16th March Galloway member, Leah Forsyth, travelled down to Milton Keynes to compete in the National Triathalon Championships after qualifying at Bo’ness. Two girls and two boys from each age group from each pony club area took part. It was a great competition although the run was quite a challenge in wet muddy conditions! A big thank you to the Fletcher family for sponsoring the Scottish team’s kit and Galloway branch for help with travel expenses.

Easter Egg Hunt

30th April saw Pony Club members leave their ponies at home and descended on Baldoon Mains, some with bicycles, for an Easter Egg hunt kindly laid on by Debbie Gunby. They also completed some achievement badges while they were there, including farming, trees, map reading, wild flowers and animals. Even some little brothers joined in!

XC Rally at Baltier Farm

Four rides of different abilities took to the open fields at a cross-country rally at Baltier Farm, Whithorn by kind permission of the Forsyth family. Charlotte Armstrong guided members round each jump before allowing them to try a full course on their own as they would in a competition. Thanks also to Kerrin Forsyth who inspected tack on the day. The Pony Club owns a range of XC jumps ranging from big timber obstacles to little benches and barrels for smaller ponies and riders. Some members were trying XC for the very first time and did very well indeed.

Working Hunter Rally at Spittal Farm

Saturday 4th May saw a Working Hunter Rally set up at Spittal Farm, Creetown by kind permission of the Fisher family. Charlotte Armstrong instructed on both the showing and jumping elements of this discipline with Kim Armstrong inspecting tack and providing valuable advice. Refreshments were enjoyed in the sunshine along with entertainment from escaping goats!

Mollie & Eilidh at XC

On Sunday 5th May, Eilidh Fisher and Mollie Miller Smith travelled to Auckinleck, Ayrshire to take part in Eglinton Branch of the Pony Club’s cross country competition. Despite getting the trailer stuck getting into and out of the wet field the girls did well over a long and challenging course. Ponies managed to keep their shoes on in the mud. Mollie and pony Jolly went first and made it round clear only 2.8 seconds over the optimum time which placed them sixth overall in the class. Eilidh and pony Sam retired early but still enjoyed the day out and experience. Well done for representing Galloway so well girls.

Right up to date, our younger members have been training at Calgow Equestrian for their D and D+ Tests which are standards of efficiency with the Pony Club. They are learning about care of horses and stable management as well as riding.

Forthcoming Open Show

Entries are now being taken for the annual Open Show featuring the Pamela McNeill Trophy which takes place at Bladnoch Park, Wigtown on Sunday 26th May. This show is open to all and includes Working Hunter with Blair Qualifier, Showing, Veteran, Handy Pony. Also fun dog classes with proceeds going to The Day Centre in Newton Stewart. More information and entry forms available to download from http://branches.pcuk.org/galloway or contact Debbie Gunby on 01988402215. Spectators are very welcome with catering onsite. Let’s hope the weather plays its part for a good day!