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Ard Chuain 23rd April
Barnadown 27th May
Ennis 3rd June
Cavan 10th June
National Balmoral 12th to 16th of July
Maryville 22nd July
National Pony Championships 26th August
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Sweetnum takes top spot in the first leg of the Allianz Starfinder League
The first leg of the Allianz Starfinder League took place at Ard Chuin, Co. Mayo on Sunday (23rd April).
Abbie Sweetnum took first place on Perseus Spartacus (owned by Barra Sweetnum) with a double clear round in a time of 39.72, while Gavin Daly and Fernando (owned by Seamus Daly) completing the course with a clear round in 43.18 settled into second place.
Niamh McEvoy steered Fireman (owned by Maeve McEvoy) around the course in a time of 46.13 with no jumping faults, which saw them hold third position. Pataire Crawford pushed Ardfry Remy (owned by Claire Crawford) into fourth place overall with a time of 47.70 and was the top placed 6 year old pony in the class.
Amy Reape and Ballyshiel Moonbeam (owned by Jonathan Reape) had an unfortunate fence down which kept in fifth position, just ahead of Francis Derwin, riding Kilroosky Boy (owned by Ann Derwin) who also had a fence down and a time of 53.47.
A fast time of 43.42, but unfortunately two fences down left Robyn Fagan on board Kilpatrick Shadow (owned by Clive Swindell) in seventh position.
With an unfortunate three fences down and a time of 48.44, Chloe Fagan and Boo Radley (owned by Alan Hynes) took up eight position overall.
John McNamara (Chairman of the Pony Committee) expressed his thanks to everyone who came on the day:
Great jumping for the first round of premier and star finder fantastic event well run thanks to the Reape families and their team. A special thanks to the sponsors the judges, course builders, stipendry stewards and all the competitors and their parents for their co-operation and congratulations to all the winners.
- Ponies must have at least 30 points by the 31st December 2016
- This competition is confined to 148cm 6/7 year old ponies (born in either 2011/2010)
- The competition will be run under Article 238.2.2
- 6 Year Old ponies will jump first over fence heights 1.10m - 1.15m in jump off.
- 7 Year Old ponies will jump after the 6 Year Olds over fence height 1.15m - 1.20m in jump off.
- The top 10 highest placed ponies at each venue, not already qualified, will be eligible to compete at the final.
- Once qualified a pony may compete in other qualifiers but the Judges must be informed.
- Athletes may ride a maximum of 3 ponies per class.
- Athletes may qualify a maximum of 3 ponies for the Championships from which they may choose 2 for the Final.
- Only qualified combinations can compete at the Final.
- Qualifying courses must be built by a Course Designer of at least National status.
- Declarations to be made online to the SJI office by midday, Wednesday preceding the Show.
- Under no circumstances can undeclared entries be accepted on the day to compete for points/prize money.
- Competitors will not be permitted to use Temporary Tickets or compete Hors Concors
Important note about Declarations:
All Declarations require a €10 pre-booking fee and can ONLY be accepted online through www.sji.ie by midday Wednesday preceding the Show.