Killossery, who are reigning Team Show Jumping Champions, were dethroned by Cheval Riding Club who won the north east Horseware qualifier on Sunday as they were the only team to finish on a clean sheet.
16 teams representing 10 clubs from around the region contested the decider at Kernans Equestrian in Armagh. Cheval led from start to finish as they were the only team with nothing to add after the opening round. Teams from Boyneside, Border Counties, Castle Leslie, Cheval, Copperfield, Killossery and Mullaghmore followed closely behind on 4 penalties.
The cheval quartet of Nuala Stafford (Mistify Me), Ita Kinahan (La Perle), Claire O’Dwyer (Cut Above) and Laura Carrick (My Foxy Lass) won the contest outright after their captain Laura Carrick pulled off a double clear round on My Foxy Lass when it was required to keep the team on a clean sheet.
Killossery, will have a second chance to defend their national title in the wildcard qualifier at the Riding Clubs Festival, after they claimed the runners-up spot.
Horseware Team Show Jumping Championship Qualifiers 2017
|Date||Region||Organiser||Venue||County||Winner||Wild Card Qualifier|
|30th April 2017||Midlands||Mullingar Riding Club||Mullingar Equestrian Centre||Westmeath||Ross House Riding Club||Mosstown Riding Club|
|7th May 2017||West Leinster||West Leinster||Coilog Equestrian Centre||Kildare||Greenhills Riding Club||Moyglare Riding Club|
|14th May 2017||North East||North East||Kernan's Equestrian Centre||Armagh||Killossery Riding Club||Ard Lu Riding Club|
|14th May 2017||South West||Highland Lodge Riding Club||Hitchmoughs Riding School||Cork||Highland Lodge Riding Club||Earl's Well Riding Club|
|14th May 2017||West Midlands||Slieve Bloom Riding Club||Birr Equestrian Centre||Offaly||Mill Road Riding Club||Clonshire Riding Club|
|20th May 2017||South Leinster||South Leinster||Boswell Equestrian||Wicklow||Greenvalley Riding Club||Enniskerry Riding Club|
|21st May 2017||South East||Three Rocks Riding Club||Wexford Equestrian Centre||Wexford||Carne Riding Club||Coolbell Riding Club|
|21st May 2017||West||Benbulben Riding Club||Tubberbride Stables||Sligo||Springmount Riding Club||Corrib Riding Club|