Show Report – WORKING HUNTER SHOW 2022
The IPS’s Working Hunter Committee Hunter Pony Show went ahead on Saturday on its rescheduled date in Spruce Lodge and, despite the inevitable clashes with other events, were blessed with reasonably good entries. First to enter the arenas were the Novice Working Hunter and Show Hunter Ponies. In the former, judges Mairead Ryan and Mary Moore awarded the Championship to the 153 cms winner, Glasson Shadow and Freya Alken. Golden Grove Sunrise with Aoife Brennan claimed the Show Hunter Title, with Jessica Murphy and Runon Fancy That securing the Reserve slot – these classes were judged by Rachel Hamilton Bennett. It was a good show for Golden Grove Sunrise who was also declared the Starter Stakes Champion with Frosthill Jackaroo and Isla Coad taking the reserve here. Good entries in the Open Working Hunter classes resulted in Aoibhinn Ruane and Clonad Rose being declared the Champion and she also then went on to win the Overall Working Hunter Championship, with Rosie Coad and Blackhall Summer taking both the Reserve Open Working Hunter and Overall Working Hunter Reserve titles. Competitors felt that the Johnnie Kyle’s working hunter tracks which were fair but did ask some questions provided a good opportunity to get in some practice in advance of HOYS next month. While entries were disappointing in the Connemara classes, there was plenty of quality and the well deserved winner was Rocklawn Braveheart and Jessica Murphy who had a very busy day with her various rides which also included the Intermediate Championship on Darcy de Chanteloube. The Mountain and Moorland section was also small, with the winner coming from the class for those exceeding 133 cms ie Pantycoad Mercutio ridden by Charlotte Goor. This pony also claimed the Reserve in the Mini Championship, this time with Keelan Curly on board, while the Mini Championship itself went to Holthall Gladiator and Fionn Redmond, who had been successful in the Show Hunter Lead Rein Class.
One of the highlights of this Show is the Presentation of the TIggy Hancock Award which goes to Performance Jumping Champion and the Committee were delighted that Tiggy’s Mum, Jane Hancock, was available to present the Championship to the winner of the 1m class, Sarah Keane and Lon Mac Lionhtha, while reserve went to the 80 cms class winner, Emma Jane Leggett and Doonreaghan Oak.
The Committee are very grateful to all those who helped to make the Show a success, the judges on the day, some of whom had donated their fees to either help defray costs or to support the Tiggy Hancock Trust, the anonymous sponsors who helped meet the expenses involved and the Stewards and Course Builders who worked really hard, both beforehand and on the day.