Riding School Christmas Show 2013

Festive Frolics for Laurel View Riders


The Laurel View Riding School Christmas Show is a very popular annual event. The 2013 show on Saturday 21st December was no exception with a record breaking seventeen teams turning out in fine form for a fantastic day of festive fun and show jumping.


The mulled drinks were flowing and the mince pies nicely warmed. Snowmen and Santa’s stood guard at jumps, meanwhile Santa’s little helpers aided those with navigational issues. The crowd of supporters and non-jumpers urged on the riders.


Teams of four members jumped a combo of cross poles, 50cm, 70cm and 80cm, clear rounds as ever being the priority, after that it was speed that sorted the team positions.

Red Ribbon for Claire & Blue

Red Ribbon for Claire & Blue


Taking the top team spot was Claire Dillon, Sharka Gerhardus, Seaneen Keenan and Katie McDonnell riding Blue, Peggy and Tinker by two of the team! Go Tinker!

Tinker and Sharka do their bit

Tinker and Sharka do their bit


Katie and a different steed, Sky, ranked in the second place team as well, along with Diane Sefton on Bridget, Emily Elliott on Rab and Kirsty Marsden on Marvin.


Katie & Tinker ride into the top spot

Katie & Tinker ride into the top spot

After the Equi-Tog camera had captured the action and once the appropriately festive prizes were presented, the competitors headed home and the riding school horses and ponies started their well-deserved Christmas break.


Peggy and Seaneen do a super job

Peggy and Seaneen do a super job

To find out more about joining Laurel View Riding School as a student give the office a ring on 028 9083 0649 or find out more on the riding lessons page.


Riding School Show Results


1st team

Claire Dillon, Blue; Seaneen Keenan, Peggy; Sharka Gerhardus, Tinker; Katie McDonnell, Tinker.


2nd team

Katie McDonnell, Sky; Diane Sefton, Bridget; Emily Elliott, Rab; Kirsty Marsden, Marvin.


3rd team

Simon Wylie, V; Heather McGarvie, Tally; Katie McClay, Penny; Claire Gilchrist, Sly.


4th team

Toni McKittrick, Keady; Vicki Marsden, Lily; Lorraine Terak, Tinker; Kirsty Marsden, Chester.


5th team

Roberta Bradbury, Molly; Emma McWilliams, Misty; Connie Jordan, Blue; Ali Larkham, Lexie.


6th team

Paul Duffy, Tally; Lucy McMahon-Beattie, Roly; Katie Clarke, Silver; Edana Butler, Bella.


High Jump

Joint 1st Michael Healy, Shannagh and Claire Gilchrist, Sly; 3rd Kirsty Marsden, Marvin; 4th Simon Wylie, Cindy; 5th Katie McDonnell, Tinker; 6th Alison Larkham, Lexie; 7th Joel Clemments, Kate.