LOCAL rider Sarah Sproule recorded an all-the-way success at Loughanmore on Saturday when winning the CNC* class with Lyleview On Time, a horse she had been sent to produce for sale and ended up buying herself.
Although only 158cms, the 12-year-old black Goodtimes gelding is full of presence and, having been produced up to medium level by Lucinda Webb-Graham, is certainly one to catch the eye in the dressage phase. He did so again on Saturday, topping Janet Hall’s rankings on 24.3 penalties and remaining on that score until the end of the day. “I got the horse last October to do some show jumping with him in advance of being sold and liked him so much that I decided to buy him myself,” revealed Sproule who is about to start third year studying geography at Queen’s University. “He was actually bred to be a jumper, being a half-brother to the Grade A mare Carlyle’s Daughter (by Countach) and Lyleview Supreme (by Supreme Ginger) but just never grew. I plan to do Knockany and Scarvagh with Lyleview On Time and then he’ll be off for the winter so that I can concentrate on my other horse, River Diamond Rebel,” continued Sproule whose last EI win had also come at Loughanmore – in 2011. “I rode out for Colin McKeever, who trains Wilson Dennison’s point-to-point horses here, from November to May so you could say I know the lie of the land!”