The Beach Show stays (almost) dry as God spares the Gaeltacht

This weekend saw the second attempt at the 2012 Beach Show and, just like our Stranorlar ride-out, the Gaeltacht’s luck held when it really mattered. A lot of determined riders made their way to Ballyness Bay despite a less than convincing forecast and were rewarded for their faith by a great show in comparatively perfect conditions.

With the PA system only reaching a small portion of the sandy show ground, many of the results were lost to the wind as they were announced from HQ at the main jumping arena. They’ll filter through on the official Donegal Gaeltacht wavelength sooner rather than later.

Between the grapevine, a few eye-witness reports and the shreds of official announcements that filtered through the breeze we know that our wonderful pair of greys, Lizzie under Paddy and Cormac on Charlotte, crowned a great day with a cracking win in the Intermediate & Above Speed Pairs. Cormac was still dealing with the adrenalin rush as he packed up for home and Paddy was observed driving dreamily through the hills on the way back to Letterkenny, reliving every twist and turn of his victorious round. Well done all four of you.

Letterkenny filled the top three spots in the Advanced Intermediate show jumping class with Nadine producing the only clear round of the competition. Damien took second place with Cormac in third. Marina bypassed the competition as Jenny stumbled in her warm-up and favoured a foreleg. In the dressage area, Maura suffered similar poor luck with Hannah just as she completed her warm-up. Hopefully both mares will make a quick recovery.

One of the club’s former walking wounded, Fenway, enjoyed his day in the limelight when he won both the Intermediate dressage and the Medium & Heavyweight Hunter Class. There was no sign of any of his ligament or navicular problems as he then stretched out in gallop before the judges to pip Cathriona Goaley’s lovely Connemara, Curra Whoopi, for the overall Showing Championship.

The rest of the results will surface shortly. If there are any photographs, send them through. For now enjoy the small collection in the Gallery.

Pictured below: Maura on Hannah, cheerful despite the disappointment of missing her test. Get well soon, Hannah. And our trio of Advanced Intermediate campaigners, Cormac, Damien and Nadine on Charlotte, Millie and Molly.