Before sharing the news from the last two months please note that new dates have been added to the calendar so get them in your diaries and get training for the Autumn league,  Dressage day and the Spring league. Also polish up your dancing shoes ready for the Annual Inter Club Christmas dinner dance in December at the Silver Tassie

October is a busy month with the final of the league the start of the Autumn league and our first dressage day! in between that there’s an opportunity to take a break from jumping and dressage and spend the weekend at Gordons Bay hacking and having the craic. Please let Marina know as soon as you can if you would like to go. She can be contacted on 00353 86 8216335


The second and third leg of the league took place at Mona and Charles and then at Gordons Bay. There were two very well laid out courses with enough challenge to keep every one on their hooves. Both days went very smoothly which is down to good planning and club members helping. Special thanks all those non riders from our own club and other clubs who helped out this weekend, Enda Cormac Kerrie Anne, Lawrence, Marina, Maura, Paddy, Rachel Shauna and friend Shauna Daly, Chloe and Brandon.Thanks also to Patricia for judging the dressage. Finally thanks to all the riders who took part even though we had to make a change of date at short notice.  Marina and Francis continue to battle it out. Full information on scores can be found on our Face Book page but Marina has 6 points and Francis is on 18 which actually has him leading but its all to play for at the final as your best three results count.

And now we meet our first horse of the month


JIGALO…… who was seen in August competing at the Dublin Horse Show in the race horse to riding horse. Here’s his story told by owner Shauna Boyle

“I first met Jigalo when he arrived at the yard in the summer of 2015. At that time I was retraining another ex racer to riding horse who went by the name Jawad, who unfortunately at that time was injured. The ‘yard lit’ up when Jigs was unloaded off the truck. I was totally unaware that Jigalo and Jawad were not only owned perviously by the same syndicate they were also trained by the same trainer and had been together from yearlings but had been apart for 6 years. it was super to see them reunite! Although they did have to be moved to separate paddock as they were too attached to one another they are best buds yet again.

Since arriving Jigalo has tried his hand at every thing but his preferred discipline is mot definitely hunter trials. these seem to being him back to his racing and chasing days where he has many 1st placings knocking up nearly One Hundred Thousand Euros in prize money. in 2016 he won the AIRC Advanced Intermediate hunter trial championships! We failed to regain this years title as unfortunately we were way too fast!

Currently he is Champion Race Horse to Riding Horse in Donegal. He is now to make his debut in show jumping circuit very soon. He took a few days off after his appearance at the Dublin Horse Show having thoroughly enjoyed his very enthusiastic gallop around the main ring”.

So look out for Jigalo at the next autumn league.



The club wish Tanya and Mark a very long and happy marriage

Enda and Tanya enjoy a wee catch up, hopefully it wont be long before we see them both back in the saddle.




The club would like to wish Damien a speedy recovery and hope that we will see him back in the saddle too. Mean while in order to avoid becoming a Judge Judy fan and a regular member of Jeremy Kyle show audiences he is hoping to start horse shoe crafting for Christmas. So any suggestions or ideas on what he can create please pass onto him. He is also looking to start a stall at Oakfield Park so clever or witty name suggestions for the stall would also be well received.

On that note the club would also like to wish Pauric’s daughter Beth a speedy recovery and hope that she is soon well and back on the horses.




2 PHASE Saturday 23rd Start Times

Start List XC Gordons Bay (dragged)Start List Dressage Gordons Bay (dragged)


Click on the link for times for dressage and x country good luck everyone and thanks for those helping out on the day! Updates to follow.

Dublin Horse Show visitors

The Dublin Horse Show saw a few visitors from Letterkenny RC and as usual we all paid a visit to the stand of our famous and very talented member Marina Hamilton (Artist and sculpturer). Oh and in case you don’t recognise some of these faces there were a few photobombers from other clubs. Plus future club member Anna.IMG_1747

We would also like to share some photos of Club member Shauna who competed in the showing class, race horse to riding horse at Dublin with her horse Jigalo. They looked immaculately  turned out and both seemed to enjoy the experience. Kerrie Ann was also on hand as groomswoman to keep them looking well polished. Sorry Shauna missed the best shot of all where Jigalo showed the judges that he can also walk on two legs!!

We would also like to say congratulations to the two Western Region Teams in the AIRC Horseware Team Jumping. It was a tight competition with the last two riders deciding the overall winners. Sadly Corrib, who were in with a great chance of winning had two poles down in their last round which put them into 4th place with Springmount finishing 6th. Corrib also came away with best turned out and looked great in their new matching gear. Roll on next year when the battle will once again commence for places at Dublin 2018.


Sorry website has been very quite lately, though members and non members can stay in touch with events through our Facebook page.

Sunday 23rd July saw the start of this years two-phase with Inishowen RC  kicking off with a well organised and smooth run day, Great job guys! The weather was fabulous and the craic mighty.

Well done to all who took part and thank you to all those who helped out. No one seemed to mind being a jump steward as they worked on their horse rider tans.

Special congratulations to our members who take part …. Shauna, Cormac, Dawn, Keeri Ann, Francis, Marina Cliff and Suzanne.  A particularly mention to Dawn who managed to pip Francis to 1st place. Francis and Bonzo were leading after the dressage with Dawn and Colorado Kid just 2 points behind. Both went clear in the cross-country but Bonzo incurred a few time faults which left the door open for Dawn to take first place, with Francis a close second. Congratulations to Marina who came 6th. Also congratulations to Kerri Ann who completed her first cross-country and who I think we will be seeing again at the next event.

So August is quiet month which leaves plenty of time to get practising dressage and cross-country in time for the next leg of the phase. Which will be on the 3rd of September at Charlie and Mona’s. If any one wants to organise lessons or hacks out then please feel free and then spread the word.  Of course there is the Dublin Horse Show in the mean time too.

Oh and of course there is also a very special event in August…. A wedding in the club! We all wish Tanya and Mark a very happy wedding day on the 25th August and a long and happy marriage. 

For all those who fancy practising here is the list of  dressage tests for the 3rd September

Advanced Primary BE 90 test 95 (2012)

Intermediate AIRC 18 (2010)

Advanced Intermediate BE 100 test 107  (2016)

Open/Adv Open AIRC 29 (2009)

Hillsborough Derby show

Just a few more days to go before the Derby. The ground is good at the moment and so hoping the weather is kind to us!

Please could all members try to help on Friday as there is a lot to be done. We are meeting at Hillsborough for 6:30 so hope to see you all there.

The dressage times are up on Facebook so please check and share. Or click on link below. TIME





Audrey Jacob Team Challenge

NW Team Challenge 2017 Schedule

NW Team Challenge 2017 Schedule_B



Facebook photos of the night before illustrate that competing is only one very small part of being part of the riding club, there was little talk of tactics and plenty of craic and maybe a glass or two of the alcoholic kind. But despite what looks to be a late night there was a degree of success so congratulations to all who took part in this weekends hunter trials. But particularly well done to Pauric and kieran who took fourth place in the intermediate pairs and to Damien who took 6th place in the individual in the advanced intermediate class, great to see Molly back on form after her operation.  Congratulations also to our neighbouring clubs sister act, Emily and Laura.


To all our members who are heading off to Annaharvey we wish them safe travels and the very best of luck round the course. Look forward to following their progress and success on Facebook and will report all the thrills and spills here will an emphasis on thrills please and no spills!


Our next club meeting will be on Friday 7th April at 8:00 pm at Tir na nOg. This is when we be planning out next round of club events as well as discussing the Audrey Jacob Team Challenge, Dressage qualifiers, The Hillsborough challenge (Derby) and of course the annual jolly to Carrickfinn. We will also be discussing items for the next inter club meeting including the first draft of the 2 phase league rules. the inter club meeting will be taking place on Monday 10th April at 8:00 at Tir na nOg. Please try to attend and bring along any ideas you may have for club events.


So the spring league has come to an end and Letterkenny Riding club saw their share of winners. The final day saw some highs and lows and some breath holding moments so congratulations goes to everyone who took part but particularly to….

Liz Cuffe who came 2nd and new member Kerry Anne who cam 5th in the advance primary class. Well done to Cliff who came 2nd and Pauric 4th in the intermediate class. congratulations to Anne who came 2nd Cormac 3rd Nadine 5th and Dawn 6th in the advanced intermediate and to Shauna who came 1st in the open class.IMG_1282.JPG IMG_1281.JPGIMG_1280.JPGIMG_1279.JPGIMG_1256.JPG

Farewell to the General

Following an injury sustained during our Sunday ride out it is with a heavy heart that I have to report that Kerrie Chambers had to make the decision that no one wants to have to make. The General broke his pedal bone and Kerrie did what all those who care about their animals must do and made sure that the General was no longer in pain. All of us here at Letterkenny riding  club send our thoughts to her and hope that the many happy years she had with the General will help her through this very sad time.

On that note there is to be a new feature which will be known as ‘Horse of the Month’. This is where each month we will feature one of the clubs horses. It may be because they have done well in an event or it may just be because they are a member of our club and that makes them special enough. Therefore it only seems fitting that The General is the first horse of the month. So watch this space a find out what made The General so special to Kerrie.


Sunday afternoon saw a gathering of 13 club members and their horses sample the beautiful backdrop of Glenmore Estate. Many thanks to Anne and Keary who gave us two hours of forestry tracks, which was an ideal back drop for everyone to catch up whilst on horseback. Thanks also to Pauric who was our forestry guide and photographer. The weather was kind and the craic good. There were freshly prepared refreshments after, provided by Keary, (well at least that’s what he told us) where plans for training and more importantly dates for our annual trip to Carrickfinn were discussed. So Damien get organising as Hazel visited the beach on Saturday and as you can see all looks good for this years visit!IMG_1237.JPG

Carrickfinn beach awaits