Day to remember for Route Hunt riders

MAY 12 was a day to remember for the Route Hunt riders. The weather was perfect for the riders and spectators at Kirkenny Ballymena on the land of Mr & Mrs P Byrne. The fences, the atmosphere and anything else you care to mention, it was PUURRFFEECCTT!

With an on the field number of 125 competitors, the day was busy, busy, busy. Riders were kept on their hooves with the variety of fences they encountered, in particular for competitors in classes 2 through to 6 with the MACRENTAL (CAT) fence consisting of the 3 drop steps and then the Horse Heaven Water Jump.

There was 'many-a' strange sound not to mnention the facial experssions of determination (fright maybe) and delight in conquering these exciting challenges of the course. Here are photographs of riders showing the quality of some fences encountered on the day with riders Nicola Cochrane, Molly Kane and Aimee Torrens and seated is Raisa McMullan, Hannah McCollum and Alice Wilson.

Results as follows:

EVENT 1A STARTERS STAKES ASSISSTED

1st Jessica Fekkes - Squeak

2nd Sarah Wylie - Silver Lining

3rd Charlotte Harding - Chocolate Button 4th Emma McKay - Jasper 5th Jessica O'Connell - Beth Ann 6th Patrick Mackie - Wizbit

EVENT 1B STARTERS STAKES UNASSISTED

1st Samantha Trimble - Roxy

2nd Laura Wylie - Silver Linning

3rd Amy Thompson - Woody

4th Paedar MacLaughlin - Muffin

5th Alex McMichael - Leeroy

6th Chloe Allen - Georgie

EVENT 2 2'3" PRE NOVICE UNDER 12

1st Kerry McIlwaine - Royal Lady

2nd Charlotte Steele - Rocky ) Equal Times

3rd Iona Kane - Teddy ) But Drew

4th Jamie Leigh Wilkin - Star Statiz ) For Placing

5th Reese Hogg - Authar

6th Stephanie Farren - Scout

EVENT 3 2'3" PRE NOVICE OVER 12

1st Maeve Downey - Sky's The Limit

2nd Aine McPeake - Mine's A Good One

3rd Nicola Cochrane - Darcy

4th Paul Traynor - Cushleak Sherbert

5th Joseph Traynor - Dawn

6th Harriet Connor - Croppy Girl

EVENT 4 2'9" NOVICE UNDER 18

1st Gareth O'Connell - Indi

2nd Shannon Mackenzie - Connor

3rd Aimee Torrens - Cinderella

4th Jessica Graham - Hoy Diggitty

5th Laura McKay - Spike

6th Sarah Sproule - Pride Of The Pie

EVENT 5 2'9" NOVICE OVER 18

1st Patsy Morrough - Kal

2nd Shelley Boyle - Six Dessenses

3rd Lulu Kane - Copper

4th David Montgomery - Robbie

5th Karen Fleck - Alli

6th Ian Holmes - Pancho

EVENT 6 3'3" OPEN

1st Harrriet Patterson - Guy

2nd Albert Lowry - Martin

3rd Joseph Traynor - CTS Zimba

4th Gary Clugston - Billy

The Committee of The North Antrim Riding Club would like to give thanks to the land owners Mr & Mrs P Byrne for their generosity in letting us have the use of their facilities and their hospitality.

Our sponsors Mr Colin Faloona MACRENTAL (trading as Catrental) Pennybridge Industrial Estate Ballymena, Horse Heaven Tack Shop Antrim, and Isle Livery and Tack Shop Coleraine were generous to a fault (12 faults possibly). Without everyone's help and generosity events like this would not take place. There must be a mention to the Paramedics, thankfully had no major incidents requiring their expertise and lastly Tom Wylie from Equi Togg who provided the professional photography to everyone's delight on the day, THANK YOU ALL !

Anyone interested in learning more about The North Antrim Riding Club and its activities should contact Club Secretary Fiona on 0798 5510 478 or 028 7086 8886.