The first leg of the West Leinster Region Dunbyrne Livery dressage league took place recently and was hosted by Killcarrick riding club at Punchestown Racecourse. This dressage league, sponsored by Dunbyrne Livery based in Dunbyrne Stud in Kilmeague, continues over five legs of competition where regional members can compete to earn league points towards overall league prizes.
Killcarrick were delighted to have more than seventy entries for this first leg. The open, advanced intermediate and intermediate classes were judged by Pat Ryan while Michael Moore judged the advanced primary, primary and sportsman classes. Two competition dressage arenas were in operation on the day in the venue’s outdoor arena.
In the primary class Jennifer Moss and Sunkist Surprise from Ballyteague riding club took home the red winning with 71.11%. Deirdre Lenigan took second place for Winterdown riding club. Deirdre competed on Cappuchino and scored 67.78%. There was success for host club Killcarrick in the advanced primary class as Trish McGlynn took first place with Salalah Princess Khareef. Trish scored 68.42% to finish top in a competitive class of 22 entries. Laura McGill and Tobikins from Abbeylands riding club took second place with 67.37%.
Julia Harley was the clear winner in the sportsman class. Julia and The Diddacoi from Greenhills riding club finished with 70.53% in this class which is open to riders graded intermediate and above. Second place in the sportsman class went to Louise Halford who competed on Snaefell for Killcarrick riding club. The pair finished on 61.05%
The intermediate class had eighteen entries. Fiona Spiller from Little Hill riding club scored 75.24% in this class with Tell the World earning her first place. Samantha Fitzsimons from Greenhills riding club placed second scoring 72.86% on Marco Polo. In the advanced intermediate class rider Christin Cullen did host club Killcarrick proud. Christin not only won her class but achieved the highest score on the day – 79.13%. Christin was competing on Millridge Kalmar. Second place in the advanced intermediate class also went to a Killcarrick rider. Michelle Byrne and Ballyboys Master D scored 72.61%.
Killcarrick dominated the placings in the open class with club members placing first, second and third. Karyn Jamieson and Lynne Dempsey both scored 72.92% with mounts Dutch Diva and Light Sensitive. Collective marks provided Karyn Jameson with the win in this class pushing Lynne Dempsey into second place. Third place went to Gemma Wyer and Fresco on 70%.
The league will continue on Sunday, March 25 with Greenhills riding club and Ballyteague riding club hosting at Coilog EC in Kilmeague.