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Peter (11) thrilled to be at the fore of Ulster success

 

On high: winners of the International Pairs relay at the Stena Line Dublin Horse Show, Shane Breen on Golden Hawk and Portadown rider Peter Morton with Tynan Tuttle Pip
On high: winners of the International Pairs relay at the Stena Line Dublin Horse Show, Shane Breen on Golden Hawk and Portadown rider Peter Morton with Tynan Tuttle Pip

By Ruth Loney

Ulster showjumpers had a blue riband weekend as they took major honours on the final day of the Stena Line Dublin Horse Show.

Portadown pony rider Peter Morton (11) toasted an international win in the International Riders Pairs relay after he teamed up with senior rider Shane Breen.

Drumquin horsewoman Olivia Roulston (20) won the highly acclaimed International Young Riders' five figure bursary award and trophy from the Royal Dublin Society, while Randalstown's Jodie Creighton won the 1.15m Young Riders Championship.

In addition, Dermott Lennon and James Hogg took runner-up in the seven and eight-year-old Internationals respectively.

Morton shared €2,300 with Breen when he and Tynan Tuttle Pip scorched around the huge grass arena, both riders going clear and scoring the top time of 54.63 to beat eight other pairs.

Morton, trained by his father Ronnie, explained: "I just went for it, I wasn't nervous. It was like any other competition, I just had to forget about the crowd.

"I got a few tips from Shane and my father before the class which paid off."

A pupil at Bocombra Primary School, Peter and his siblings, who also showjump, are trained by their father Ronnie and mother Joanne.

Ronnie said: "It was a great day. Peter kept his cool and the pony was a star. He never gets nervous, it was an honour to be invited to compete and win."

Meanwhile, Roulston was judged the best young rider of the show and awarded the prestigious Royal Dublin Society International training bursary. Judged by Dutch ace Johan Heinz, she was one of four riders to be selected to jump in the bursary class.

Olivia said: "I am over the moon. I have been riding since I was six-years-old and been in Dublin many times.

"I was second and sixth this week and invited to jump in the top-four bursary class. I hope now to spend it training in America with the brilliant rider McLain Ward."

Creighton claimed the National Young Riders 1.15m Championship from 19 starters having taken second place in an earlier qualifier.

Only five made the jump-off, with Creighton, on her mother Gillian's mare Hylight, galloping to victory in 33.49. She is trained by Dungannon's Heather Coyle.

Angela Kosko (Sligo) finished second on Happyness R in 34.86, ahead of Enniskillen's Casey Phair in third with Handsom in a clear 37.02.

Lennon and Athletix Hero Z were runners-up in the International seven-year-old final to Irish colleague Denis Lynch and his stallion Cornet's Iberio.

Lynch received €3,400 after recording a winning clear round in 30.09 ahead of Lennon's clear in 32.04, worth €2,100.

Maguiresbridge-based Hogg collected €2,100 for taking second with his grey gelding Intuitive in the eight-year-old international final won by Italian Lorenzo de Luca on the bay mare Bellisima.

De Luca went into first place for €3,500 in a time of 32.62 ahead of Hoggs's clear in 33.43

Mark McAuley and Utchan de Belheme won the Longines Dublin Stakes jump-off class from 41 entries.

Fourteen riders made the second round with McAuley taking victory in 39.62, beating Olympian McLain Ward (USA) on Noche de Ronda in a clear 40.43.

Elizabeth Power led the way for the ladies when she won the Theraplate RDS Stakes from 33 starters.

Fermanagh's Catherine Thornton added to the excitement in Dublin when she finished third in the five-year-old section from 31 starters riding Coachella, a mare owned by herself and Lurgan poultry farmer David Campbell.

The class was won by David Moran on Cillrois Miss Trendy with a fast time of 27.13 beating Kevin Gallagher's 29.91 with BP Mestro and Thornton in third place with a clear round in 31.18.

County Down's Katie McEntee on board Barravalley Shadow finished second in the 148cm National pony six and seven-year-old final behind Isobel Hughes Kennedy with Romabout.

Victoria Clarke of Cloughey partnered Jayne McConnell's The Master's Choice to win the lightweight hunter class and become lightweight reserve champion.

Clarke, an event rider, was competing with the Richard Iggulden yard in Ards for owner McConnell. She won over €2,000 and now heads to the Horse of the Year show in Birmingham with The Master's Choice.

Fermanagh couple Adrian and Shirley Hurst collected a first, second, third, fourth and fifth with their young horses, while Tom and Lyn Spence from Dungannon won the middleweight class eight with Gortshalgan Q.

Jamie Smith also excelled in the middleweight Championship for Dromore's Hilary Gibson.

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