Equine stars set the trail blazing at Coole Lane
Published 01/04/2014 | 05:24
EQUESTRIAN enthusiasts from all over the south-east galloped towards Rathvilly recently as Coole Lane Riding Club hosted the sixth leg of the AIRC South East Regional Dressage League in Doyle's Equestrian Centre.
A total of 24 competitors took part, representing 11 clubs from across the region, with some hoping to qualify and others in search of valuable points ahead of the final on March 30 in Ballinamona Equestrian Centre in Waterford.
Seven competitors contested the Advanced Primary section, which turned out to be very close with only two per cent in the difference between second, third and fourth place.
However, it was Ashwood's Therese Curran who separated herself from the rest securing 77.11%.
Ten competitors battled it out in the intermediate section, Melanie Hammel from Carne, Co Wexford taking maximum points home.
Finally, the Advanced Intermediates was once again an extremely tight affair.
Barrow-Valley riding club, a close neighbour of Coole Lane, sent Bridget Hearne, one of its finest, to the Rathvilly venue in the hope of bringing home the ribbons and she managed to do it not once, but twice to secure both first and second.
Speaking after the event, Chairman of Coole-Lane Riding Club, Lisa Connolly, said how happy the club was to welcome competitors from all over the region to Rathvilly. 'The Indoor facility in Doyle's provides excellent training and competition facilities regardless of weather conditions, however, it was lovely to see mother nature being kind to us today, and hopefully we will be in a position to host more competitions in the future,' she said.
Coole Lane RC also thanked everyone who took part, members who made the day possible and sponsors BLF Nutrition and Quinn's of Baltinglass.