Thurles Horse Show took place on 31st July amidst rain and sunshine and was a fantastic success once again. The Show which has been hosted on Gerry Kennedy’s land outside The Ragg for a number of years attracted a great variety of competitors from newcomers to the more experienced open pony riders and horse riders and also a large number of spectators.
The show ran with four different jumping arenas with large numbers in both the Horse arena and Open Ponies. A new inclusion proved particularly attractive to competitors when during each of the classes one ticket was drawn from all the entries, regardless of how their show jumping round had gone, and that owner/rider won a spot prize. This was the Show’s way of saying thank you to the riders who travel to Thurles to support our show. The prizes were all sponsored by Berney Bros and TRM Equestrian and were of the highest quality including Rugs; numnahs and head collars. The idea certainly went down well with the riders who were delighted with the surprise.
Amongst the fields of competitors plenty of local riders shared in the winnings including Laura Breen on Cavalier Ellie in the 90cm Horses; Jonathan Cleary with Bravo in the 1m class and David Maher with C Patterson’s Garrison Guy; Jonathan Cleary was placed 2nd in the 1.10M class with Zink while Lauren Bartley riding Aoife Callanan’s Silent Surfer took 2nd place in the 1.20M with Sean Hayden on his own Over the Mountain placed 3rd.
Meanwhile in the pony classes Killian Ryan, Mill Road, took both 1st and 2nd place with Tullohea Minnie and Woodfield Grey Boy respectively in the 128 90cm class. Killian also went on to take 1st place in 128 1M Rebekah Collins took 6th place on Lily Leon’s Rusheen Charisma in the 138 1M class. Not to be outshone by his brother Darragh Ryan took 1st place in both the 148 1.10 and 1.20 classes on Ringwood Wispa and Cuffesgrange for Sure amongst other placings on the day. Then putting a noter up to her brothers, Orla Ryan made sure of a double clear in the 128 70cm class to complete this family’s day of competition.
The Bike & Ride competition this year proved to be a fantastic competition to watch with children taking on jumps at every angle in order to try and keep the clock down and battling the tough uphill grass course to cycle through cones without knocking the tennis balls. There was lots of laughs and although it went down to the wire, local Tom Hayes did all it took to carry off the €100 prize much to his delight.
Once again the smooth running of the show comes down to the fantastic help given to the committee during the weekend. Too numerous to mention individually we express our genuine thanks to all who donated time selflessly. The committee will announce in the next couple of weeks the amount of money raised for local charities The Lions Club and Order of Malta. Most importantly, we express our gratitude once again to all our sponsors without whom the show could not run. Our thanks to each and every one who generously provided support. We look forward to continuing the tradition of Thurles Horse Show next year and would welcome any new faces that would like to become involved.