ON a day dominated by all-the-way winners, the reigning national EI110 (J) champion, Tom Rowlatt-McCormick, struck at the third time of asking with his new ride for this season, Alex Houston’s lovely Clover Echo mare, Skyfall Echo.
The Ballynahinch combination added 0.4 of a show jumping time penalty to their winning dressage score of 27.5 in the seven-strong class. Amy Ennis Crosbie and Limestone Spartacus, who lowered a coloured pole on their debut at this level, finished second on 33 with Alex Connors and OLS Pixie Hollow, who, too, were making their bow as a pair in this company, placing third on 42 with the only double clear.
Despite leaving a pole on the ground and picking up 2.4 cross-country penalties, Co Kildare’s Eliza Jane Queally also recorded an all-the-way success in the seven-runner EI110 (P) on board Siobhan Cosgrove’s mare Kilcoltrim Swift (35.7).
Although faster on the final phase, 1.6 time penalties proved costly for Molly O’Connor and Coolnaleen Rebel (36.6).
There were seven double clears inside the time in the 12-strong EI100 (J) where Ellen Douglas and her mother Elaine’s eight-year-old Ringfort Cruise mare Downshire Rock took the honours on their Vanda Stewart-awarded flat work score of 25.5. The highly consistent combination of Abby Cumimiskey and Crackerjack VIII claimed the runner-up spot (27.5).
In the equivalent pony class, where seven of the nine starters completed on their first phase scores, there was a decisive success for Carrickfergus’s Erin McClernon on Sundance III (23) with whom she had a confidence-building run at EI90 level the previous Saturday, finishing third.
Connemara ponies filled the top three placings in the five-strong EI90 (P) where 11-year-old Kitty Cullen, in her debut season, made it two-for-two on Jane Morrow’s 18-year-old Moyans Little Monkey gelding, Moyans Dun Deal (37.4). Second here went to Eventing Ireland newcomers, Ellie Leigh Livingstone and Caoranbeag Cillin (45.2).