Equestrian: Plenty of excitement for local riders at the annual Dublin Horse Show

Dermott Lennon, Ireland, on Vampire and 9 Year old Francis Derwin on his pony Ballinvella Cutie won the International Riders Pairs Competition at the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show.  Photo Paul Byrne Photography INBL1432-263
Dermott Lennon, Ireland, on Vampire and 9 Year old Francis Derwin on his pony Ballinvella Cutie won the International Riders Pairs Competition at the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show. Photo Paul Byrne Photography INBL1432-263

There was plenty of excitement for locals at this year’s Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show at the RDS.

It ranged from watching a number of local national riders in action to international Irish Team member Dermott Lennon, from Glasker performing in the main arena on a number of different mounts.

One of the more light hearted competitions Dermott competed in was also one of the most exciting for the crowds. The International Riders Pairs Relay, in which top international riders team up with the top National 128cms riders, all of whom are age twelve or under.

Dermott rode Vampire in this class teaming up with F. Derwin. His young team mate delivered a nice steady round whilst Dermott pushed Vampire for an excellent clear round against the clock securing first place.

As ever there was a great turn out of local support at the show cheering on our local riders who already made the great achievement of qualifying their horses and ponies for their classes at the RDS.

One of the youngest riders to do exceptionally well was Dromore rider Charlotte Houston with her 128cms pony Kilcreene Apollo. Charlotte jumped well in the Simmons court to qualify for the 128cms TRI National Final in the main arena and put in an outstanding performance to take the title in the final.

It was a very hard fought battle as ten of the eighteen qualified riders made it into the final jump off with only three seconds separating the final top six.

Another young rider to make it through their qualifying competition in the Four Year Old Young Event Horse class, to the final was Banbridge rider Jonny Mulligan, riding Ashburton owned by Brian Clinghan from Banbridge.

Jonny put in an excellent performance over the course of the show and made a valiant effort to put in a good time in the final but came up a little short of the top spot to take the fourth place ribbon.

Banbridge rider Cormac Rafferty, had two horses qualified for the RDS. KMR Twilight in the four year old class, and KMR Benzini in the six year old class, who unfortunately had a pole down knocking them out of the competition.

It was the four year old KMR Twilight, who produced a nice flowing clear round for Cormac but ultimately it wasn’t to be as they missed out on being placed down to the judges point scoring system.