National success for Kenagh's Mosstown Riding Club

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The Mosstown Riding Club dressage team, pictured left to right are Alice Whyte, Sarah Phelan and Emer O'Donnell. Missing from photo is Thomasina O'Reilly

The Mosstown Riding Club dressage team, pictured left to right are Alice Whyte, Sarah Phelan and Emer O'Donnell. Missing from photo is Thomasina O'Reilly

2019 has so far been a brilliant year for Mosstown Riding Club.

On April 28, they had three teams contest the National Dressage Championship Qualifier at Emerald International. Eleven teams in all took part in an effort to claim one of the prestigious three team spots going forward from the Midlands Region of the AIRC for the National Dressage Championships to be held at Mullingar Equestrian Centre in August.

The Mosstown teams were; Mosstown Double D's: Thomasina O'Reilly, Sarah Phelan, Emer O'Donnell and Alice Whyte.
Mosstown Dressage Diamonds: Lesley Fitzgerald, Teresa Whyte, Orla Owens and Ria Shaughnessy. Mosstown Dancing Divas: Barbara Maguire, David Donohoe, Sue Moles and Orlaigh Proctor.

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The Mosstown Double D's won the qualifier in impressive style and the Mosstown Dressage Diamonds claimed 4th spot. Also a number of Mosstown members qualified on an individual basis and they were: Alice Whyte, Mary McEntee, Thomasina O'Reilly, Sarah Phelan and Emer O'Donnell.

On Sunday last, May 12, also at the Emerald International, Mosstown went to contest for the sought after qualification for RDS in August at the Midlands Regional Team Showjumping qualifier. Again, Mosstown had three teams entered and a total of 16 teams took part in the qualifier. This competition is run in the Nations Cup format and involves each team member jumping two rounds. In the event of an equality of faults the captain of each team then goes to a jump off over a shortened course.

Four teams eventually proceeded to a nail biting jump off. They were teams from Tara Hill, Mo Chara, Mosstown Mane Attraction and Ross House. Tara Hill were first to go with Zoe Duggan having 8 faults in a very good time. She was followed by Liam Keogh from Mo Chara who had a clear round, followed by Edel Whyte from Mosstown who also had a clear round but taking 3 seconds off Liam’s time. She was followed by Laura Murphy from Ross House who had 4 faults. Mosstown Mane Attraction emerged victorious and will now compete at the RDS in August.

Mosstown teams were;
Mosstown Nuts ‘n Bolts: Mark Mulleady, Teresa Whyte, Eilis Mc Loughlin and Leslie Fitzgerald.
Mosstown Mane Attraction: Claire Mulleady, Patricia Newman, Alice Whyte and Edel Whyte.
Mosstown Mix ‘n Match: Kevin Manning, Tom Whyte, Carla Esler and Eilis McLoughlin.