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Double Win For Quirke At Dressage Ireland Winter Finals

Dubliner Niall Quirke won both the Intermediare I and Intermediare II national winter finals at Broadmeadows Equestrian Centre, Bullstown,
Ashbourne, Co Meath today (14th April 2002).

Quirke and Alucolor Atlanta scored 67.88% in the Intermediare I final to win by a margin of over 6% from Gerald Bloomer and Fantastic Elastic. International dressage judges Judy Bradwell and Jenny Ward from Great Britain had the Alucolor sponsored pair the clear winners of the Intermediare II final as well on a score of 63.90%.

Speaking afterwards a clearly delighted Quirke indicated that he plans to campaign Alucolor Atlanta in the UK next month. His aim is to compete in a CDI (International Dressage Show) in Germany later in the year.

Gerald Bloomer from County Wicklow finished off the day on a high note when winning the Prix St Georges final with the aptly named Fantastic Elastic.

Meanwhile at the Soley CDI*** in England Irish champion Yvette Truesdale produced a personal best when scoring 64.32% with Accolade in the Grand Prix on Saturday with to secure a place in the Grand Prix Speciale today (14th April 2002). The Irish pair scored 63.68% in the GPS but it was not good enough to get into the prizemoney.


Dressage Ireland Intermediare I Final

1. Alucolor Atlanta (Niall Quirke) 67.88%
2. Fantastic Elastic (Gerald Bloomer) 61.00%
3. Hails Vision (Carolyn Smith) 58.00%

Dressage Ireland Intermediare II Final

1. Alucolor Atlanta (Niall Quirke) 63.90%
2. Queen of the Night (Donie McNamara) 58.41%

Dressage Ireland Prix St Georges Final

1. Fantastic Elastic (Gerald Bloomer) 65.50%
2. Jacobi (Maureen Dwyer) 60.50%
3. Kejser (Phillipa Teggin) 59.88%


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