Kilmartin Horse Show 2022 – jumping in the rain again

Willow Ryan and Tony with their trophy.

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The fifth Kilmartin Horse Show – organised by Argyll South Pony Club and BS Argyll – was, as usual, wet.

However this did not deter the hardy Argyll riders who kept smiling and made a grand day of it.

Held at Upper Largie fields on Sunday July 24, courtesy of Sheila MacCallum, the show has three rings and offers something for everyone of all ages and horse sizes.

Local sponsorship is a key element of this show and the committee is extremely grateful for this support as it allows the purchase of terrific rosettes and trophies for every

The working hunters were judged by Carrie Scobie from Stirling and the Pony Club Pony/Horse was judged by former Argyll South member Mairi Henderson.

The Champion Working Hunter was Torplin Castlehill Mist ridden by Ardfern rider Patricia O’Reilly and Poppy McClymont was a worthy winner of the Pony Club Pony Championship on Bracon Fairytale.

In the show jumping ring Liz MacNab built a 10-jump course and Helen Samborek and Anne McArthur controlled the excellent and competitive jumping with whistle and stopwatch.

The Argyll 80 Championship was a very busy and keenly contested class and victory eventually went to Ardrishaig rider Deborah Hay Thorburn and the redoubtable Urban Legend while Oban rider Paige Scott took the Grand Prix 90 and was followed home by Carradale combo of Leah McConnachie and Glenfyne Topaz.

The overall Argyll show jumping points trophy for the day was won by Katie-Ellen Mellish and Nemo.

Altogether a very exciting event and the committee would like to thank all the
many supporters and helpers – catering team, ring stewards, course builders,
sponsors, spectators – and, of course, competitors and spectators, who all
helped to make it such a splendid day.

Grand Prix winners Paige Scott and Leah McConnachie.

Kilmartin Horse Show 2022

Showing Section Results:

Class 1 Lead Rein Pony Club Pony: 1 Eilidh Reid, Twyford Jamie.

Class 2 Pony Club Pony 10 years and Under: 1 Amy Anderson, Seephill Ophelia; 2 Louise Ralston, Daphney; 3 Ava MacLachlan, Bogside Jilly; 4 Alexzandrea Betts, Orchid.

Class 3 Pony Club Pony 11-16 Years Old: 1 Poppy McClymont, Bracon Fairytale; 2 Rory Shaw, D J King; 3 Alice McCarthy, Tommy; 4 Katie-Ellen Mellish, Nemo; 5 Lolli MacLea,n Gemini; 6 Willow Ryan, Tony.

Class 5 Riding Club Horse: 1 Julie A Donn, Glenfyne Billicoy; 2 Fiona Shaw, Miami Roberto; 3 Catriona Anderson, Cian; 4 Patricia O’Reilly, Torplin Castlehill Mist; 5 equal Lauren Lemmon, Ruby Bonnie Lass and Diana Forbes, Splendeur; 6 Deborah Hay, Thorburn Lacey.

Champion – Poppy McClymont, Bracon Fairytale.

Reserve – Julie A Donn, Glenfyne Billicoy.

Ring B Working Hunter

Class 6 Over 15hh Working Hunter: 1 Julie A Donn,  Glenfyne Billicoy; 2 Paige Scott, Dancing in the Dark; 3 Eilidh Betts, Mystic Spirit; 4 Lauren Johnson, Saint Salut; 5 Roanna Clark, The Best Of News.

Class 7 Novice Working Hunter: 1 Patricia O’Reilly, Torplin Castlehill Mist; 2 Katy Gillespie, Susie; 3 Leah McConnachie, Glenfyne Topaz.

Class 8 13hh – 15hh Working Hunter: 1 Laura Neilson Balrobuck, Dun Star; 2 Fiona Shaw, Miami Robert; 3 Sky MacLachlan, Bogside Jilly; 4 Cara Cameron Hugo Boss.

Class 9 13hh and Under Working Hunter: 1 Willow Ryan, Tony; 2 Katie-Ellen Mellish, Nemo; 3 Poppy McClymont, Bracon Fairytale; 4 Alice McCarthy, Tommy; 5 Rory Shaw, D J King.

Class 10 Lead Rein Working Hunter: 1 Amy Anderson, Steephill Ophelia; 2 Eilidh Reid, Twyford Jamie; HC Lauren Lemmon, Ruby Bonnie Lass; HC Jessica McCrae River.

Champion: Patricia O’Reilly, Torplin Castlehill Mist

Reserve: Julie A Donn, Glenfyne Billicoy

Eilidh Reid and mum smiling despite the rain.