Wexford club leads the field at south-east Horseware qualifier

Carne Riding Club finished out in front of a large field at the Horseware Team Show Jumping Championship qualifier after a three-way jump-off in Wexford last Sunday.

18 teams, representing 10 clubs in the south-east, took part in the qualifier at Wexford Equestrian where Damien Beever set the challenge over the coloured poles.

At the halfway point, four teams were out in front on a zero score including teams from Ballycanew, Coolbell and two from Carne. Clonmel, Coolbell, Horetown and Waterford followed closely behind on 4 faults.

In the second half, clear rounds were more abundant as three teams from the leading pack withstood the pressure to finish on a zero-tally including Ballycanew, Carne and Coolbell to force a three-way jump-off.

Carne’s Sue Corish had the unenviable task of going first on the well-known Irish Draught Killinick Bouncer. The Rosslare resident set a blistering pace and crossed the beam with all fences intact in a time of 36.72.

Cait Stafford was in and whilst quick, the Ballycanew captain was unlucky to have 2 fences down in a time of 38.27.

Last to go for Coolbell was Sarah Kate O’Donovan who gave it her all but was unlucky to hit the final fence in a time of 38.39 to leave Carne the winners.

The quartet of Jennifer Kehoe (Westwinds Mr Cool), Lynn Sheehy (Cuban Rose), Christine Keymer (Moon Boots) along with team captain Sue Corish (Killinick Bouncer) will head for the RDS in August while the runners up, Coolbell Riding Club, will have a second bite of the cherry at the next months wild card qualifier at the Riding Clubs Festival.

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