Pre Balmoral Show Results (at last!)

A blustery day is what it has taken to get me sat at my computer to finish off these results, apologies to all those waiting to see their names posted!!

Pre Balmoral action at Laurel View

Recent unusually dry weather caused worry about ground being too hard, but a timely deluge, a spattering of sunshine and a feisty wind left the ground at Laurel View near perfect for the jumping and showing at the Pre Balmoral Show on 8th May.

Rachelle Harding had the task of judging the Working Hunter Horses, a great entry kept her very busy for several hours, but when all the jumping and judging was complete it was Orchard Affair ridden by Erin Faloona that took the Championship with Shane O’Grady riding Diamond Max into reserve place.

Pony entries may have been low in number, but their style, conformation and turnout did not disappoint judge Geraldine Lowry.  After the classes she declared Jack ridden by Jake Leathem the Riding Pony Champion and Jeffrey ridden by Lauren Finn the Reserve Champion.

The Pony Working Hunter competition got underway mid afternoon, judged by Marina Monteith, Charlotte Harding and Safety First put on a super performance to earn themselves the Championship spot with Claire Gilchrist and Admiral delighted to be declared Reserve Working Hunter Pony Champion.

The Hunters and Riding Horses were assessed and adjudicated by Jan Martin and Joy Lindsay and when all the judging was complete it was Robin Herron on the Small Hunter winner Done and Dusted that took the Champion Hunter title. Curolea Riva ridden by Fiona Thompson took the Reserve Champion honours.

Thanks are expressed to all the judges for their expertise, scribes for their time and attention, to the Equi-tog photographer for capturing the competitors in action and to all the staff and helpers for setting up the field and course for the show (and setting it up again when the wind blew it down!) A special mention goes to Colemans who supplied plants and trees to dress the course. Not forgetting the competitors who had travelled from all over the province for the opportunity to compete.

Hopefully this Pre Balmoral run out was beneficial for those entered for the Royal Ulster competitions helping them to pick up a rosette or two.

Balmoral marks the start of the Summer Show Season, so although the weather might not have caught on yet now is the time for summer schedules to get underway.  At Laurel View this includes Derby and Dressage Leagues, a 2 phase or two, Go As You Pleases whenever the ground conditions are suitable and much more.  To keep up to date with what is happening at Laurel View check out or get social and follow Laurel View on Facebook at alternatively you could just give the office a ring on 028 9083 0649.

Pre Balmoral Show Results


Class 1 – Lead Rein Pony – 1st Nick, Simone Leathem.

Class 2 – First Ridden Pony – 1st Jack, Jake Leathem.

Class 3 – Show Hunter Pony –1st Admiral, Claire Gilchrist.

Class 4 – Riding Pony – 1st Jeffrey, Lauren Finn.

Class 5 – Family Pony – No entries forward

Riding Pony Champion – Jack, Jake Leathem

Riding Pony Reserve Champion – Jeffrey, Lauren Finn.


Class 6 – Hunter Mare or Gelding. 4 Years old – 1st Away Cruising, Richard Prentice.

Class 7 & 8 – Hunter Mare or Gelding, 4 years old and over – 1st Curolea Riva, Fiona Thompson; 2nd Ledsome Lad, Kirsten McDonald; 3rd Donaghmede, Orla McElunn; 4th Tynan Almero, Alison Crozier; 5th Western Seajay, Rosemary Strange; 6th Ballyalt Star, Nicola McKee.

Class 9 – Small Hunter Mare or Gelding, 4 years old and over – 1st Done & Dusted, Robin Herron; 2nd Kilseva, Nadine Thompson; 3rd Penny, Katie McClay; 4th NEH Flagmount Diamond Clover, Nichola Howarth; 5th Lulu, Kirsten McDonald; 6th Sam Brown, Jamie Smyth.

Hunter Champion – Done & Dusted, Robin Herron.

Hunter Reserve Champion – Curolea Riva, Fiona Thompson.

Class 10 – Cob – 1st Denzil, Caroline Leaghton; 2nd Logan, Jamie-Lee Reid.

Class 11 – Riding Horse – 1st Laurel View Cherry, Kirsty Marsden; 2nd Desert Maiden, Audrey Leahy; 3rd Ramsdon Boy, Joanne Wood.

Class 12 – Racehorse to Riding Horse (retraining within the confines of the show ring) – 1st Seaham Cladders, Molly McCrory; 2nd In the Loop, Kerri Hill; 3rd Ramsdon Boy, Joanne Wood; 4th Kirkpatrick Pride, Judi Strange.


Class 13 – Minimus horse class – 1st CAFRE Black Jewel, Diane Allen; 2nd Teddy-to-go, Rebecca Nickels; 3rd Chestnut Hill, Anne Hill; 4th Kilceva, Nadine Johnston; 5th Sylvester, Erin Faloona.

Class 14 – 4 year old Mare or Gelding – 1st Diamond Max, Shane O’Grady; 2nd Drumcil Classic, Emma Sloan; 3rd Rusheenduff Ashleagh, Sive Ryan; 4th Sylvester, Erin Faloona; 5th Lisden Boy, Jamie Smyth.

Class 15 – Novice Mare or Gelding – 1st Lisden Boy, Jamie Smyth; 2nd Rosso Tramonto, Bianca McElnea; 3rd Song of Charm, Nuala McIvor; 4th Drumcil Classic, Emma Sloan; 5th Rusheenduff Ashleagh, Sive Ryan; 6th Diamond Cavalier, Jackie McKinney.

Class 16 – Open Mare or Gelding – 1st Orchard Affair, Erin Faloona; 2nd Big Max, Harold Megahey; 3rd Rosso Tramonto, Bianca McElnea; 4th Troy, Gary Leathem; 5th Drumcil Splash of Paint, Emma Sloan.

Working Hunter Horse Champion – Orchard Affair, Erin Faloona

Working Hunter Horse Reserve Champion – Diamond Max, Shane O’Grady


Class 17 – Novice Pony Mare or Gelding – 1st Admiral, Claire Gilchrist.

Class 18 – Starter Stakes – 1st Safety First, Charlotte Harding.

Class 19 – Open Pony, Mare or Gelding, not exceeding 133cms – 1st Safety First, Charlotte Harding; 2nd Wedderlie Mirmion, Alexander Ryan.

Class 20 & 21– Open Pony, Mare or Gelding, exceeding 133cms not exceeding 153cms – 1st Marco, Susie Megahey; 2nd Admiral, Claire Gilchrist; 3rd Mavoureen Minstrel, Kelly McDonald; 4th Harvest Mouse, Justine Harding.

Working Hunter Pony Champion – Safety First, Charlotte Harding

Working Hunter Pony Reserve Champion – Admiral, Claire Gilchrist