Competition Successes

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Barbervilla Lily won the draught class went onto become champion Irish draught and then won reserve supreme champion in the breed championship.



Beezie's Big Brother - Recent Successes

Some recent results for Simone Hession's Irish Draught, Beezies Big Brother, 10 year old 
gelding, sire: It's The Quiet Man and dam: Princess of Woodlands.

Recently, at the Eurostar SER Dressage Classic in Spruce Lodge in Wicklow, Beezies Big Brother and his owner/rider Simone Hession won the Advanced Medium Championship. Following on to this success they competed at the Northern Ireland Home International at The Meadows EC, where they placed 3rd in both the Advanced Medium Championship and the Advanced Championship.

Beezie's Big Brother Big Brother Beezie's Big Brother



Congratulations to Sam Linton, Laois Branch member receiving he award at the Endurance Ireland Awards Dinner.

Award Endurance

Sam's horse is Ballycoolan Hero a 16HH Crannagh Hero gelding. Apart from a series of other rides he qualified to go Open by completing two 64 Km (40 miles) rides the second one at one at 14 KPH. He completed over 250 competitive miles this year. He was second to David Cosby on Ballycrean Minerva at the National Championships for ID horses. He was bred by Gordon and Vivienne Bradley from Ballycoolan Stradbally and was originally hunted by Ken Bryan.


Beezies Sue - Recent Successes


September 2012

Simone Hession, from Sligo recently competed at the last major dressage competition of 2012, The National Dressage Championships at Cavan Equestrian Centre, with her two home bred Irish Draught horses. Beezies Sue, by Sea Crest out of a Pride of Toames mare, placed 4th with a combined score of 60.34% in the Advanced championship, with this result Beezies Sue, now 19 years old claimed the Irish Draught Trophy for the 8th time. She was also the highest placed Irish bred horse in the class. Her seven year old half brother, Beezies Big Brother,(by It's The Quiet Man) finished on a combined score of 63.48% from his two Elementary classes, which placed him 8th in the Elementary Championship.
Competing in the Elementary Freestyle Championship to "The Full Monty" music, he placed 6th with a score of 65.19%

Dressage Dressage



August 2012

Dressage rider, Simone Hession from Woodlands Equestrian Centre, Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo has just returned from a successful trip to England to train with International Grand Prix Dressage rider Gareth Hughes and compete on the British Dressage circuit, with her own two home bred dressage horses, Beezies Sue a 19 year old Irish Draught mare by Sea Crest out of Princess of Woodlands by Pride of Toames. Her second horse Beezies Big Brother, a half brother to Beezies Sue, with the same dam Princess of Woodlands, a 7 year old Irish draught gelding by It's The Quiet man.
Firstly competing at West Wilts Equestrian Centre, Beezies Sue, competing at Prix St. George level placed 6th on a score of 60.5%. Beezies Big Brother, on his first competitive trip to England, scoring 67.3% won the first Elementary class of the day and placed 2nd (64%) in the other Elementary. Moving on to compete at Vale View Equestrian Centre, Beezies Sue improved her PSG score with 62.11% to win the PYO class. While Beezies Big Brother again won at elementary and placed 3rd in his second class scoring 65.3% and 65%.
Next, both horses will compete at the Marlton Autumn Festival in Wicklow to prepare for the National Dressage Championships in September in Cavan Equestrian Centre having gained their qualifying percentages over the Summer.

Beezies Big Brother & Simone Hession
Beezie Sue
Beezies Sue & Simone Hession




June 2012

Sligo based dressage rider, Simone Hession, won the Advanced class at the British Dressage show in Pachesham Equestrian Centre, Surrey recently. British list one judge Helen Webber had Simone and the Registered Irish Draught mare Beezies Sue as her winner on a score of 64.47% for the BD Advanced test 108. The Woodlands Equestrian Centre proprietor was in the UK training with Gareth Hughes and took the opportunity to also compete.


April 2012

At the recent Marlton Dressage Spring Festival, Beezies Sue RID and Simone Hession won the Small Tour Championship, from the combined results of placing 2nd in the Prix St. George class and 1st in the Inter 1.

  Beezies Sue  



Dressage rider Simone Hession from Woodlands Equestrian Centre, Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo and her own horse, the RID mare Beezies Sue placed 5th in the Prix St George class, at the recent Northern Ireland Dressage Festival held at Cavan Equestrian Centre. Beezies Sue was the only Irish bred horse competing at the championships at this level.

  Beezies Sue  

This combination have just returned from a successful trip to England to compete on the British Dressage circuit. Competing at Advanced and Prix St. George level in England they competed at three shows. At Hunters Equestrian they won and placed 4th in their classes, the following day at Swallowfield Equestrian Centre the pair achieved 2nd and 5th placings. Travelling to Surrey for their final show of the trip at Pachesham Equestrian Centre again they won a class scoring 65.62% at Advanced and placed 3rd in the PSG class on a score of 63.15%. Also qualifying for the Hickstead Dressage Masters League. From their results they also gained their qualifying place at Advanced and Prix St George for the National Dressage Championships to be held at Cavan Equestrian centre in September. Earlier this year Simone and Beezies Sue were selected for the National Training Squad to train with International Dressage Trainer Ferdi Eilberg and they continue their training monthly, Beezies Sue being the only Irish bred horse of the 12 combinations selected to train.