Third All-Ireland Championships, Caledon 19/20th August, 2017
Over 50 competitors from Scotland, Cumbria, England and North and South of Ireland congregated at the beautiful Calendon estate, courtesy of the Earl and Countess of Caledon over the weekend of 19/20th August. What a setting and what an event, NICDA did us all proud, the compliments we have received from our visitors from across the water and from down South have all sung our praises and grateful thanks must be extended to Billy McCombe and Alwyn Morrison and team for the excellent course and real old-fashioned solid obstacles.
Even George Bowman was impressed with the situation and the whole setup of Caledon and hopes to come over again in two years time! Some of the competitors, particularly the less experienced found the marathon course to be testing, particularly in section A due to the recent wet weather and there were some very tired animals coming back to the lorries! Considering this was our first time at this new venue, the majority of organisation went very well, certainly there are a few issues which the committee will address at the debriefing meeting but overall everyone found the event to be enjoyable and certainly worthy of the title, the All-Ireland Championships.
Well Done to everyone who contributed to make this one of the most memorable events in our 40 year history!!
Champions and Reserve Champions
Crystal : Sara Hughes
Pre-Novice Pony: Gina Morrison – Kris Rohrssen
Pre-Novice Horse: Dominic Muldoon – Dawn O’Donnell
Novice Pony; Rachel Campbell – Judith Lyttle
Novice Horse: Sara Clinghan – Don Walsh
Novice Pony Pairs: Christine Wright
Paras: Lucy Barclary Emma Golding
Intermediate Pony: Linda Applebe
Intermediate Horse; Jane Isaac
Open Pony: Des Sheridan – Julie Ingram
Open Horse: Edwin Bryson – Alex Bryson
Open Pony Pairs: Ross Ewing – Denise Taylor
Open Horse Pairs; Ger Hennessey – Robert McNeill
Adv. Horse Pairs: Folke Rohrssen
Pony Fours; Angela Smith – Richard Logan