Hillcrest Riding Club will progress to the final of the Horseware Team Show Jumping championship after they won the West Midlands qualifier last Sunday after a three-way jump-off.
17 teams representing 9 clubs contested the qualifier at Tipperary Equestrian Centre where just four teams ended the opening round with nothing to add. They included teams from Clonlara, Clonshire, Hillcrest and the hosts, Mill Road while five teams were just adrift on 4 penalties.
The leading pack was reduced to three teams after the second round as Clonlara drifted out of the placings to leave a three-way jump-off.
Mill Roads Megan Sheedy was first to go over the reduced track and returned in a fast time of 58.76 but had one pole down on board Featherbed Lass. Clonshires Marie Crosse was next in on St Helene but could not improve on Sheedy’s target as Crosse returned with two poles on the floor.
Last to jump, Amy Walsh opted for a steady clear on Keylogues Gold which the Hillcrest rider duly delivered to secure a place at the final for the Limerick-based club. The other team members included Ruth Walsh (Kingston Knight), Dermot O’ Donovan (Ballyrussell Brigade) and Katie Fraser (Keylogues Red Clover).
The runners up, Mill Road Riding Club, will contest next months wildcard qualifier at the Riding Clubs Festival.
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|