Silver Spurs assessment days announced Tags: 3 March 2013, 14:22 Home » General » Silver Spurs assessment days announced Silver SpursThe Silver Spurs is a scheme, sponsored by Horse Sport Ireland and organised by Dressage Ireland, which aims to identify and develop talented young riders and encourage their progress by awarding training bursaries, giving direction and advice and providing a pathway to help them to develop their training and riding skills in their chosen equestrian discipline.The Silver Spurs will be run with separate sections for Under 12s, Pony Riders, Juniors and Young Riders (Under 25) and new for 2013 an open U25 class for riders on ponies or horses at medium Dressage level or Horse Eventing *2 star level and for previous winners of the Young Riders Under 25 section.The top 25% from each age group will be invited to attend a day of competition. At this day, they will be judged using BYRDS rider assessment tests. The use of these tests will help level the playing field between those who have “flashy” horses and those who have inexperienced or less talented mounts, since these tests focus more on the effectiveness and correctness of the rider than on the talent of the horse.2013 Silver Spurs Assessments Days and Organisers2nd AprilAlison Mastin Moore: Laurel View.3rd AprilJoan Keogh: Spruce Lodge.27th JuneVida Tansey: Ennis Show Grounds28th JuneJoan Lenihan: Stonehaven Equestrian CentreInformation and entry forms on the Dressage Ireland website www.dressageireland.ie
STOLEN VICTORY CLEVELAND (AP): LeBron James and Kyrie Irving couldn’t be stopped. J.R. Smith finally got started. The Cleveland Cavaliers were so much better than in the previous two games. They’re just not good enough to beat what may be one of the NBA’s best teams ever. The Cavaliers fell into a 3-0 hole in the NBA finals after the Golden State Warriors pulled out a 118-113 victory on Wednesday night. Blown off the court in the second halves of the first two games, the Cavaliers surged ahead with a big third quarter and were still ahead by six with less than three minutes to play. “I’m human, as well as my teammates, and to lay it all on the line like that, you want to come out on the winning side,” Irving said. “But we gave a great effort, and the result just didn’t turn out the way we wanted to.” But the heavy minutes Cleveland’s superstars were forced to play may have taken their toll down the stretch. The Warriors finished with an 11-0 run to steal the victory and all, but assured themselves of taking Cleveland’s title. No team has blown a 3-0 lead in the NBA. “I thought our team scrapped and competed,” Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said. “I can’t be disappointed with the effort and how we played, but they made the plays down the stretch that we didn’t execute defensively or offensively, and they took advantage of it.” Kevin Durant scored 31 points and Klay Thompson had 30 for the Warriors, who improved to 15-0 in the postseason and are on the brink of the first undefeated finish in the NBA. Stephen Curry had 26 points, 13 rebounds and six assists. James had 39 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists, but his attempt at a tying 3-pointer was blocked by Andre Iguodala and James stepped out of bounds after recovering it, slamming the ball to the court in frustration. Irving bounced back from a rough Game 2 with 38 points, including a couple of dazzling layups, where he juked around multiple Warriors. Smith made five 3-pointers and scored 16 points, and Kevin Love gutted his way to nine points and 13 rebounds on a night he shot just 1 for 9. Things looked good for the Cavs when they put up a 33-point third quarter and carried their momentum into the fourth. But protecting the lead meant leaving Irving on the floor for the entire second half and James for all but a few seconds of it, and on the other bench, Steve Kerr kept reminding his deeper Warriors that the Cavaliers were going to get tired. Game 4 is on at 8 o’clock tonight (Jamaica time).