Its Miller Time, ridden by Anne Nixon won the Horse Sport Ireland sponsored Carl Geisler Memorial championship for the supreme ridden horse at the Riding Clubs Festival at Mullingar Equestrian, Co. Westmeath recently on Saturday (10th June).
The 11-year-old grey gelding had earlier impressed the judges in the small hunters class in front of Anna Dange0rfield and Victoria Teuton. The Mosstown rider went on to finish at the helm of the line-up in the ring 1 championship to qualify for the final.
Four horses went through to the decider after the two ring championships were completed and the final line up included the small hunter champion along with the lightweight hunter champion, the riding horse champion and the side saddle winner.
After much deliberation, however, the nod was given to the Debbie Redahan bred Its Miller time ahead of reserve champion Burrough Hill Boy, who had earlier won the top title in 2015lightweight hunters, ridden by Antonia de Burgh from Coole Lane Riding Club in Carlow.
Meanwhile, a Connemara pony won the Eddie Fowler Memorial championship for the best of breeds at the show for the second year running.
Rosscon Camille, an 11-year-old, won on this occasion under Thomasina O’Reilly from the Mosstown club. The grey mare, bred by PJ Watson, had a very successful show having won the side saddle class and picking up placings in the small hunters and the ring 2 championship.
Reserve went to Stine Anderson’s Ballycoolan Yeats, a four-year-old Irish Draught. The Vivienne Bradley bred grey gelding had earlier won the Irish Draught class while the previous day had won the Four Year Olds class.
Elsewhere, The Frank Mangan Memorial championship was awarded to Brynithon Monarch, an 19-year-old bay stallion, ridden by Clonmel’s Michelle Crooks. The CJ Merrick bred welsh cob had won the primary showing class earlier in the day.
The 7-year-old, Cool Cavatina, took the reserve ribbon, after the Rosemary Rice bred ISH grey mare took reserve in the primary class to make it through to the decider.