The AIRC show jumping championships has just about wound up in Mullingar. Our club had just one representative at the championship, namely Rachel on Merlin, who finished 12th of the 56 entries in the AI championship. The venue was superbly presented as always and the weather was, if anything, too good. Donegal could be proud of the Donegal Gaeltachts Cassandra McGee, who won both the Open and Advanced Open championship and the young horse class, on Trish Warren’s Well Dun Welby.
The next national outing for our club is the national dressage championship in the 18th August. Before this we have our regional training day in Gordon’s Bay on the 28th July.
One of our closest clubs, the Border Counties Riding Club, is holding its annual one day event at Cloncaw Equestrian Centre. Many of our members are aware of how good a venue this is and Cliff in particular has clocked up many miles around it’s undulating cross country course. Details are on the flyer
I don’t know about the rest of you but in my opinion June has absolutely flown by. With just one week left in the month we can just about draw breath while we look back at the great activities enjoyed over the past few weeks.
The charity ride out at the start of the month was highly enjoyable and was a welcome break from competitive outings. Suzanne did us proud in Mullingar at the riding club festival, bringing home ribbons with her valiant mounts. A good portion of the club’s riders attended the Gaeltachts one day event, which was very well run by all accounts. With no AIRC events on the local calender for next weekend we can enjoy an outing to Finn Valley show on Saturday while we look forward to the options offered in July.
On a national level we have the Show Jumping Championships in Mullingar on the 14th. There are no prior qualification criteria for this event and the championship classes are run ‘nations cup’ style, with all riders jumping two rounds and a third jump off round used as a decider if needed. There are also accumulator and derby classes so have a look at the schedule and get entering. I have my stable booked already! The schedule is as follows
Another fantastic opportunity in July is our regional training day, which is being held at Gordon’s Bay on the 28th. All details on the flyer below
If you need a break from the equines you can sign up for our go-karting evening on Friday 5th July. Details for this will be circulated soon but it should certainly satisfy the competitive nature of the organiser….
Best of luck and congratulations to Suzanne and her two trusty (a description which may be stretching the boundaries of truth a little) steeds. Suzanne is the only Letterkenny member making the journey to the AIRC Festival in Mullingar this year and she is quite literally flying the flag for us down there.
Suzanne is already in the ribbons, having placed in the Ex-Racehorse Showing class on her new mount, Dubai Flyer. Safe journey home.
With both the dressage and the show jumping championships behind us we can look forward to some fun and excitement over the coming weeks and months. As I type this a sizeable portion of the club membership are enjoying the annual trip to Carrickfinn, where sun, sea and campfire dispel all the stresses of the day…well it might only be sea and campfire but as the song goes ‘two out of three ain’t bad’. Tradition dictates that what happens in Carrickfinn stays in Carrickfinn but I’m sure that between them all the campers will manage a few photos for the club archives.
Next weekend, the June bank holiday weekend, brings an opportunity to enjoy a social outing, a good meal and support a worthy cause in the process. The Tirconaill riding club is running a ride out from Harvey’s Point, bringing riders through stunning scenery before serving up a sumptuous lunch, sponsored by the hotel itsekf. Proceeds are in aid if Riding for the Disabled and registration details are on the poster
Another date of note next week is Friday 7th, which is the closing date for entries for the Gaeltacht riding club’s one day event at Gordon’s Bay. Hosting a one day event is no small undertaking and this event affords a very rare opportunity to enjoy this discipline on our doorstep. There are classes to suit every ability and details are on their poster
The following weekend brings the AIRC Riding Clubs Festival to Mullingar. This extravaganza of showing, jumping and dressage is a mammoth affair and truly caters for every level of horse and rider. Even if you are not competing it is well worth attending to support others from the region and apart from the obvious social aspect of the event it can be very educational to watch the showing classes and see what the judges are looking for. Loads of people camp onsite and the atmosphere is excellent.
July brings another chance to take on the best of the rest in the show jumping arena as the National Showjumping Championship is in Mullingar on the 14th of july. No prior qualification is required to attend this event and all grades are catered for over the day. The facilities in Mullingar are top class and it’s another opportunity to fly the Letterkenny flag on the National stage.
July 28th brings our regional training day to Gordon’s Bay. Organised by the Gaeltacht riding club this year, this day brings top class coaches to put you through your paces. As with all interclub events there is a strong social element as well as the educational aspect. Details and registration methods are on the poster.
Details from our own club meeting will be published as soon as I get them. In the mean time enjoy your weekend and your horses.
Congratulations to all our club members who accepted the challenges set by the Inishowen Riding Club’s summer show. Our members did extremely well, with one dressage team qualifying for the dressage championships in August, along with a number of individual riders qualifying. In the jumping we had a subdued presence but everyone enjoyed the challenging course built by Seamus McCaffrey and a number of prizes made their way to the western banks of Lough Swilly.
Inishowen Riding Club are to be congratulated on running a very enjoyable and efficient show, as well as dealing with the head ache of the regional dressage qualifier. Many thanks to them for great prizes and some excellent photos from the day.
Next Sunday brings the RDS team showjumping qualifier in Tubberbride Equestrian Centre and with a bit of luck our team will be on the top tier of the podium by the evening. Fingers and toes crossed.
Times are out for the Inishowen Show at Eglinton Equestrian Centre tomorrow. The weather forecast is mush better than it has been for the past week so shine up the buckles, polish the leather, plait the steed and ride into battle with us at the first of our National Championship qualifiers.
Remember to bring your entry fees to give to Maura. Dressage entry fees must be paid even if you are unable to compete as the club has already ponied up for them.