With a dismal forecast many competitors were wondering if the planned showjumping at Wigtown Agricultural Show would go ahead last Wednesday. This event had to be cancelled two years ago due to ground conditions however this time the ground and weather were ideal for the event.
The Wigtown Show Showjumping competition, run by Machars Riding Club, got underway with the Senior competitors at 10.30am. Six combinations came forward in this class and of the six four made it through to the second phase. Jennifer-Ann McWilliam gave the first double clear on the beautiful Windsor in a time of 52.87 seconds. She then had a nail biting wait to see if her efforts were good enough to secure second place. Alex Jones was second last to go and from the off it was clear that she had victory in her sights. From a fast moving pace she made a fantastic turn back to number 10 an upright set across the arena, before completing the track in a super time of 35.41 seconds to take first place and leave Jennifer-Ann in eventual second.
As the fences went up to 80cm so did the number of competitors and standard of competition. Rachael Baillie made the successful transition to Senior level competition onboard her speedy dun mare Connie. The lengthy jump off track appeard to suit this combination and no one could quite reach the time they set of 27.78 seconds, with Jill Kirkpatrick and Solway Secret taking second in a time of 34.68seconds.
Whilst they had to settle for second in the 80cm Jill and Solway Secret were to go one better in the 95cm taking first place as a result of sharp turns and taking fence 10 on an angle making their approach to the infamous wavy planks look easy. They split the finish arm in a time of 35.58 seconds to take the lead from Charlotte McDowall and Miami Bubblegum who had to settle for second on this occasion.
The track for the 1m10 class saw the majority of competitors fault in the first phase with only Arlene McNabney embarking on the second phase with her two coloured geldings Dancing Cavalier and Earl of Eaghan. Despite her best efforts Arlene did not record a double clear with both horses dropping a pole towards the end of the track. However her sterling efforts gave her not only first with Earl of Eaghan in a time of 33.54 but also second with Dancing Cavalier in a slightly slower time of 37.93 seconds.
Following the presentation of awards in the 1m10 Senior class, the fences were lowered for what is always a crowd pleaser – the lead rein. This class puts pressure not only on the child but the adult who is leading. It was a good day for the McConnell family who were assisted by Dad. Jack took an early lead on Nicki in a time of 55.63 seconds but this initial lead was short lived as Birthday girl Abi McKinstry took the lead in a faster time of 52.44 seconds with Queenie. However Dad Munro was not to be outdone and took the lead back with younger sister Zoe who was also riding Nicki. This meant that first place went to Zoe McConnell, ahead of Abi McKinstry who finished second with Jack McConnell taking third.
Isla Campbell is a Junior competitor recognised for her speedy jump offs although more recently she has been out of top spot due to a change of pony. However for Wigtown Show she was back on board Henry, a Campbell family stalwart, to defend the Wibbly Wobbly Championship that she won back in 2013. There was no stopping her today and the little liver chestnut answered every question perfectly to take an early lead and remain in top spot at the end of the class.
Team Calgow dominated the remaining Junior Classes with victories in the 65cm, 85cm and 1m classes. First victory for the team was to go to Jade Stewart and Shooting Star. This combination have enjoyed success on home soil but this victory at an agricultural show has to be one of their best to date. In the 85cm class Quinn Jolly and Out of the Blue were to prove unstoppable returning the fastest of three double clears. The remaining two double clears came from Sophie Everett on Lady and Lucky who took second and third respectively. The final class of the day is always a closely fought battle as the juniors compete for the Machars Riding Club trophy. Last year’s winner Iona Campbell and Murphy X had to settle for second this year having a few communication errors in the second phase to complete with 8 faults, behind what seemed was to prove an untouchable round from Caitlin Jolly and Looney Tunes.
65cm - Merry Maid (A. Jones), 2. Windsor (J.A. McWilliam), 3. Rockstar (B. Brigg)
80cm - Connie (R. Baillie), 2. Solway Secret (J. Kirkpatrick), 3. Duke of Earl (A. McNabney)
95cm -Solway Secret (J. Kirkpatrick), 2. Miami Bubblegum (C. McDowall), 3. Earl of Eaghan (A. McNabney)
1m10 - Earl of Eaghan (A. McNabney), 2. Dancing Cavalier (A. McNabney), 3. Miami Pandemonium (A. Hall)
Leadrein - Nicki (Z. McConnell), 2. Queenie (A. McKinstry), 3. Nicki (J. McConnell).
Wibbly Wobbly - Henry (I. Campbell), 2. Poppy (J. Brooke), 3. Queenie (A. McKinstry).
65cm - Shooting Star (J. Stewart), 2. Busker (Z. Wilson), 3. Apache (C. Fisher).
85cm - Out of the Blue (Q. Jolly), 2. Lady (S. Everett), 3. Rocky (S. Everett).
1m - Looney Tunes (C. Jolly), 2. Murphy X (I. Campbell), 3. Miami Moonbeam (B. MacDonald)
Despite having to cancel the date scheduled for day four, the fourth event for Machars Riding Club went ahead without a hitch at Carty Port on Saturday, July 5.
Finn McMiken continued his recent run of success with Sparky in the Priory Vet Centre sponsored Wibbly Wobbly taking the red rosette after returning home with the only clear round to take a well deserved first place.
Nine combinations came forward in the 3B Construction sponsored 65cm. Emma McCornick enjoyed a successful final outing to Carty with her 128cm gelding Joost before the consistent little gelding heads off to pastures new in Hull. Darcie Spencer made a good effort to better her time but on this occasion had to settle for second place.
The Carty Port sponsored 75cm class saw Emma McCornick try for a second red rosette. She set a competitive standard breaking the timer in 26.24 seconds, before having an agonising wait to see if her attempt was good enough. However this time she had to settle for second with Izzy Miller-Smith and Chilli Pepper moving at a slightly faster pace to take first place in a time of 25.20 seconds.
Carla Campbell and Brady were on fire taking two wins in the Rug Bugs 85cm and Campbell Family 95cm classes. In the 85cm class she took first place with the fastest time of the day 21.53 seconds ahead of Isla Forsyth who took second and third with Loobeen Lady and Seaton respectively. It was a family affair in the 95cm class with sister Iona setting the standard in a time of 21.36 but had to settle for second when younger sister Carla broke the timer in 20.64 to take her second red rosette of the day.
Beth MacDonald had a great day winning the 1m 5 pony class and 1m and 1m 10 with Hugh Paterson’s two scopey greys Miami Moonbeam and Miami Hulaballou. Both equines are a fantastic advert for the Miami stud with their exuberant performances.
Elaine Ramsay Leadrein -Ruby McCornick and Ollie.
Priory Vet Centre Wibbly Wobbly - Finn McMiken and Sparky, 2. Jenni Brooke and Just Poppy, 3. Ruby McCornick and Ollie.
Kevin Ball Farrier 55cm Pony - Rhona Baillie and Fern, 2. Sophie Everett and Shortcake, 3. Klaudia Klayza and Mango.
3B Construction 65cm - Emma McCornick and Joost, 2. Darcie Spencer and Elvis, 3. Shelley Docherty and Smarty Pants.
Carty Port Equestrian 75cm - Izzy Miller-Smith and Chilli Pepper, 2. Emma McCornick and Joost, 3. Sophie Everett and Rocky.
Rug Bugs 85cm - Carla Campbell and Brady, 2. Isla Forsyth and Lobeen Lady, 3. Isla Forsyth and Seaton.
Campbell Family 95cm - Carla Campbell and Brady, 2. Iona Campbell and Murphy X, 3. Beth MacDonald and Miami Moonbeam.
McNabney Sport Horse 1m5 - Beth MacDonald and Miami Moonbeam, 2. Iona Campbell and Murphy X, 3. Rachael Baillie and Connie.
70cm - Liz Faulds and Bobby, 2. Darcie Spencer and Blue Shadow.
80cm - Bethany Brigg and Rock Star, 2. Arlene McNabney and Martintown Lad, 3. Liz Faulds and Bobby.
90cm - Jessica Hannay and Molly, 2. Leona Wallace and Saffy, 3. Arlene McNabney and Duke of Earl.
1m - Beth MacDonald and Miami Hulabalou, 2. Arlene McNabney and Earl of Eaghan, 3 Arlene McNabney and Duke of Earl.
1m10 - Beth MacDonald and Miami Hulabalou, 2. Arlene McNabney and Dancing Cavalier, 3. Arlene McNabney and Earl of Eaghan.
Day 5 of Machars Riding Club league continued recently at Carty Port. Despite a dubious weather forecast the conditions were kind and the rain waited until the final horse class had started before it started.
Finn McMiken continued his recent run of success in the Priory Vet Centre sponsored Wibbly Wobbly taking another first with a beautiful clear round ahead of Georgie Barr and Fudge who came second with another double clear.
Zoe Wilson and Busker enjoyed a successful first trip to Carty taking first in the Carty Port 75cm class with the faster of two double clears ahead of Rhona Baillie and Fern.
Carla Campbell and Brady continued their recent run of success in the Rug Bugs sponsored 85cm recording the fastest pony time of the day 28.88 seconds with Emma McCornick and Miami Bobby enjoying a successful reunion after a break due to accident. Emma and Miami Bobby were to go one better in the Campbell Family sponsored 95cm taking their first red rosette for the 2014 season.
Iona Campbell and Murphy X continued their success in the 1m 5 section taking first place with a nice round.
Heather Vance and Topper have enjoyed a successful 2014 season having enjoyed victories in the jumping, working hunter and dressage disciplines. On this occasion they were to win the 1m class with the only clear round, a fantastic achievement.
Elaine Ramsay Lead Rein -Ruby McCornick and Ollie.
Priory Vet Centre Wibbly Wobbly - Finn McMiken and Sparky, 2. Georgie Barr and Fudge, 3. Ruby McCornick and Ollie.
Kevin Ball Farrier 55cm - Iona Campbell and Henry, 2. Rhona Baillie and Fern, 3. Isla Campbell and Maginty.
3B Construction 65cm - Zoe Wilson and Busker, 2. Rhona Baillie and Fern, 3. Darcie Spencer and Elvis.
Carty Port Equestrian 75cm - Klaudia Klyza and Mango, 2. Sophie Everett and Rocky, 3. Zoe Wilson and Busker.
Rug Bugs 85cm - Carla Campbell and Brady, 2. Emma McCornick and Miami Bobby, 3. Sophie Everett and Rocky.
Campbell Family 95cm - Emma McCornick and Miami Bobby, 2. Sophie Everett and Lady, 3. Iona Campbell and Murphy X.
McNabney Sport Horse 1m5 - Iona Campbell and Murphy X.
80cm Horse Class - Donald Beaton and Celtic Storm, 2. Bethany Brigg and Rock Star.
90cm - Leona Wallace and Saffy, 2. Heather Vance and Topper, 3. Amy Alexander and Lady.
1m - Heather Vance and Topper, 2. Amy Alexander and Lady, 3. Leona Wallace and Saffy.
The annual Jump In Your Jammies event is becoming a popular tradition on the Machars Riding Club calendar, and this year was no exception with an excellent turn-out of competitors, with many new competitors for 2014 making an appearance at Carty Port. This year as in previous years, the jammies did not disappoint and varied from colourful shorts to onsies.
Iona Campbell and Henry enjoyed a successful trip winning both the 55cm and 65cm pony classes with fantastic turns and a fast flowing pace. Rhona Baillie and Fern made an excellent attempt to catch them, however they narrowly missed out on first place but took second ahead of Georgie Barr and Fudge who came third in their first attempt at 55cm-a fantastic achievement.
Klaudia Klyza and Mango have developed into a competitive combination in recent weeks and on this trip to Carty took the red rosette in the 75cm pony class with the only double clear. In the horse section Julia Graham and Rock Angel took first in the 75 and 85cm classes with the only double clear.
Caitlin Jolly had another fantastic outing with the ever consistent Looney Tunes and Ace of Spades to not only take first but first and second. She set a super standard with Ace of Spades to take an early lead in a time of 20.26 seconds. The remaining field of ten starters tried hard to catch her but Ace of Spades had to settle for second when Caitlin and Looney Tunes finished in an excellent time of 19.20 seconds to take first.
The 95cm horse section was a closely fought battle with less than 2 seconds splitting the first three places. Beth MacDonald and Miami Hulabalou stormed round to break the timer in 18.91 seconds which was good enough to win the class. Second place went to Charlotte McDowall and Miami Bubblegum in a time of 19.45 seconds and in third place were Leona Wallace and Saffy who finished in a time of 20.66 seconds.
Beth MacDonald was to finish off another successful day at Carty taking both the 1m5 Horse and Pony sections with Miami Hulabalou and Miami Moonbeam respectively.
Priory Vet Centre Wibbly Wobbly - Georgie Barr and Fudge, 2. Khrissie Ramsay and Shadow, 3. Ruby McCornick and Ollie.
Kevin Ball Farrier 55cm - Iona Campbell and Henry, 2. Rhona Baillie and Fern, 3. Georgie Barr and Fudge.
3B Construction 65cm - Iona Campbell and Henry, 2. Rhona Baillie and Fern, 3. Klaudia Klyza and Mango.
Carty Port Equestrian 75cm - Klaudia Klyza and Mango, 2. Sophie Everett and Rocky, 3. Eden McCulloch and Gypsy.
Rug Bugs 85cm - Caitlin Jolly and Looney Tunes, 2. Caitlin Jolly and Ace of Spades, 3. Emma McCornick and Miami Bobby.
Campbell Family 95cm - Emma McCornick and Miami Bobby, 2. Beth McDonald and Miami Moonbeam, 3. Carla Campbell and Brady.
McNabney Sport Horse 1m5 - Beth MacDonald and Miami Moonbeam.
75cm Horse Class - Julia Graham and Rock Angel, 2. Ellen Watkins and Damien.
85cm -Julia Graham and Rock Angel, 2. Kelly Telfer and Apple, 3. Donald Beaton and Celtic Storm.
95cm - Beth MacDonald and Miami Hulabalou, 2. Charlotte McDowall and Miami Bubblegum, 3. Leona Wallace and Saffy.
1m5 - Beth MacDonald and Miami Hulabalou, 2. Arlene McNabney and Earl of Eaghan, 3. Heather Vance and Topper.