THE 53rd running of Aglish Charity Gymkhana was held recently at Kilmolash Cappoquin, by kind permission of William and Caroline O’Brien. The weather didn’t dampen the spirt and a huge crowd of competitors and spectators attended the show. This year’s chosen charity was the Irish Community Air Ambulance.

The big class of the day was the 1.35m Connolly’s Red Mills Munster Region Grand Prix, kindly sponsored by Dungarvan Commercials. Limerick young rider Robyn Moran took the win riding Carrowgar Je T’Aime Max, owned by Gina Heaps. Robyn was clear in a time 41.91 second.

The runner-up spot went to Brian Morrison riding his own Honeypenny W, clear in 43.89 while Aimee Barry took third, clear in 43.90 with her dad Joe’s Garryndruig Limoncello. Fourth place went to Kilkenny’s Ger O’Neill riding Solomom while fifth was claimed by Tipperary’s Liam O’Meara riding Sir Jim Jim. Madeline Roberts Allen riding Darento Vdl filled sixth.

Earlier the Sweet Oak Farm Munster Region 1.25m, kindly sponsored by Cleanzone Technologies, was won by Killeagh rider Patrick Joyce riding Glyntown Blake in 23.29. Second place went to Tallow’s Paul Beecher on Loughtnatousa Olaf, clear in 24.15. Third place went to local young rider Emma O’Connor on her mum’s Quality Diamond, clear in 24.36. Fourth went Waterford’s Francis Connors on Primo Aliboo Blue ABF while Robyn Moran also took fifth here on Top Aviator and finally, sixth was claimed by Waterford international rider Paddy O’Donnell riding OCS Tolan.

The first class in the main arena was the Carleton Stables Munster Region 1.15m League, kindly sponsored by Hyland Bros Ltd. Leading the lap of honour was Waterford’s Jenny Connors on Primo Cino, clear in 26.32. Second place went to Robyn Moran on Fortside Trend, clear in 26.55 closely followed by Annmarie Hynes on Busy Lizzie (26.58). Fourth place again went to Robyn Moran on Top Aviator, fifth was Laura Connors on Abordable Du Talus and sixth was Tholm Keane on Miss Lakiha.

The winner of the 1.10m was John Halley on Newtown City Lights while the amateur class, kindly sponsored by O’Brien’s Saddlery, was won by the landowner and chairperson of the gymkhana, William O’Brien on Copperface Jack.

Kent lands double win

The Under 10s Grand Prix was won by DJ Kent on Paris, clear in 27.44. Hotly on his heels was Nikita Dennehy on Gateau Sonic in 28.54. Third place was claimed by Waterford’s Colm Widger on Barryroe Prince William while fourth went the way of Joe Widger on Dreamer. Fifth was Josh Fitzgerald on Miss Lexi and finally sixth place went to Charlotte Foley on Castlequarter Katie Bee.

The 128 90cm gave DJ Kent a double as he took the win with Paris in 27.78, closely followed by Colm Widger on Barryroe Prince William in 28.36. Third place went to Josh Fitzgerald on Miss Lexi clear in 28.72 while fourth was filled by Tallow’s Ruby Hannon on Trixies Splash with a Dash. Fifth went to Joe Widger on Poynstown Little Albert Einstein and sixth was Sam Widger on Creevelea Toy Solider.

The 138 1m class was won by Sam Widger on Creevelea Larrybo in 31.27, hotly chased by Willow O’Connor on Burdal Smarties in 31.67. Third was Tipperary’s Grace Maher Ryan on Sillogue Tally, clear in 33.94 and fourth was Jack Kent on Fritella Della Monica.

The 148 1m was won by Cork’s Calum Harte on Turpane Farhana in 31.75. Second place went to Kayleig Fitzpatrick on Bambi H in 35.67 and third place was filled by Jack Kent riding Hiloa de Yonat, clear in 35.96. Fourth place went to Máire Loughlane on Ballyknock Celtic Beauty and fifth was Oliver O’Connor on Lickeen Shannon while sixth was taken by Calum Harte on Fanisk Roseita.

The 148 1.10m was won Waterford’s Sam Widger on Poynstown Little Angel in 33.23 while second place went to Julie Walsh on Grantstown Rose Tatoo.

Raffle results

The Aglish Charity Gymkhana raffle results in aid of Irish Community Air Ambulance raffle, were:

  • The Park Hotel Voucher - Maeve Griffin
  • Hamper sponsored by An Cruiscin Lán - Hilda Anthony
  • Hamper sponsored by Murrays Chemist - Darragh Buckley
  • Hamper sponsored by The Toby Jug - Michael Higgins
  • Lunch Voucher The Moorings Bar - Alan & Treasa O Connor
  • Voucher Noel Devereux Menswear - Dingo The Welcome Inn