Castle Hill end Ashbrook’s dominance of The Irish Field team dressage challenge

Castle Hill Riding Club won The Irish Field sponsored team dressage challenge at the Riding Clubs Festival at Stradbally Hall Estate, Co. Laois last Sunday ending Ashbrook’s three-year grip on the competition.

21 teams took part in this years challenge, which was up on previous years with just over 8 percent separating the top three teams.Dayna Curtis (Cillnabradden

Dayna Curtis (Cillnabradden Cuig) and Ruth Clinton (Ballustree Shy Boy) both scored over 77% while Jeanine Curtis (Buddy Holly) registered just under 76% with Sarah Cassidy provided the discard with a highly respectable score of 71.67% for the Meath-based club.Their team total of 230.32 was enough to keep them ahead of the

Their team total of 230.32 was enough to keep them ahead of the Newpark quartet of Cait Hennessy (My Mountain Grey), Claire Gallagher (Calvados Cruise), Fiona O’ Connor (Tonagh Flash Flood) and Karen Swann riding her Hickstead winning one-eyed Adventure De Kannan, who is due to retire at next months Hickstead Derby meeting.

The Tipperary club finished on a total of 225.23 keeping them ahead of last years winners, Ashbrook Riding Club who finished in the top three on 222.15.

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