Highland Lodge will make a return visit to the Dublin Horse Show in July after they won the south-west qualifier of the Horseware Team Show Jumping Championship for the second successive year.
Nine teams representing five clubs from around the region contested the decider at West Cork Equine Centre on a rather dismal day.
After the opening round only North Cork Riding Club managed to finish on a zero tally while Highland Lodge pursued closely behind on 4 penalties.
North Cork, however, dropped down to second place after they racked up 16 penalties in the second round but this was good enough for second place overall.
Highland Lodge added nothing in the second round after Louise Hogan (Ringwood Sahara), Chiara Ruini (Una Dolce Vita) and captain Maria Blomen (All Dun Up) produced clear rounds to secure their return visit to Dublin in July. Sinead Valley completed the quartet on Candice.
North Cork will have another opportunity to qualify at the wildcard qualifier at the Riding Clubs Festival at Stradbally Hall Estate, Co. Laois next month.
(Photo courtesy of Linda Barrett Photography)
Horseware Team Show Jumping Championship Qualifiers 2017
|Date||Region||Organiser||Venue||County||Winner||Wild Card Qualifier|
|30th April 2017||Midlands||Mullingar Riding Club||Mullingar Equestrian Centre||Westmeath||Ross House Riding Club||Mosstown Riding Club|
|7th May 2017||West Leinster||West Leinster||Coilog Equestrian Centre||Kildare||Greenhills Riding Club||Moyglare Riding Club|
|14th May 2017||North East||North East||Kernan's Equestrian Centre||Armagh||Killossery Riding Club||Ard Lu Riding Club|
|14th May 2017||South West||Highland Lodge Riding Club||Hitchmoughs Riding School||Cork||Highland Lodge Riding Club||Earl's Well Riding Club|
|14th May 2017||West Midlands||Slieve Bloom Riding Club||Birr Equestrian Centre||Offaly||Mill Road Riding Club||Clonshire Riding Club|
|20th May 2017||South Leinster||South Leinster||Boswell Equestrian||Wicklow||Greenvalley Riding Club||Enniskerry Riding Club|
|21st May 2017||South East||Three Rocks Riding Club||Wexford Equestrian Centre||Wexford||Carne Riding Club||Coolbell Riding Club|
|21st May 2017||West||Benbulben Riding Club||Tubberbride Stables||Sligo||Springmount Riding Club||Corrib Riding Club|