League unchanged

Despite the small matter of earning a crust keeping me away from last nights inter-club meeting I was brought up to speed with a rapid report from Marina. The league will continue as originally planned, with the two lost legs being just that…lost. Finding alternative dates to reschedule was proving impossible and the decision was made to run the remaining three legs and leave it at that.

Inishowen confirmed the date of their show to be Sunday May 3rd and the venue to be Eglinton. This show will also host the qualifiers for the National Dressage Championships, which are to be held in Mullingar on Sunday 16th of August.

A nice addition to the local calendar is the promise of a cross-jump competition at Gordon’s Bay on Sunday 14th of June. This is not an AIRC affiliated event and is therefore open to all riders. Details on the flyer.

Remember our own outing this Friday. Vera has organised the second of a series of lessons with Mary Devine at Twin Towns Equestrian Centre, Ballybofey. Contact Vera on 087-2325632 to book a place.


Don’t forget the inter-club meeting this evening. Its in the Glencar Inn at 8pm and all are very welcome. Obviously the decimation of the spring league by recent storms, will be high on the agenda, with the hope that additional dates can be found to compensate for the losses. Given the dearth of inter-club outings so far this season it is great to have a meeting as an excuse to meet up with everyone and have a natter if nothing else! See you there.

Another one bites the dust

Not to be outdone by a woman, Dennis has produced enough wind and rain to put paid to the second leg of the North West Riding Clubs spring league. The next leg of the league is scheduled for Sunday 1st of March but before that is the next inter-club meeting on Monday 17th February in the Glencar Inn, so maybe we will discover plans afoot for replacing a leg or two.

With spring progressing at a rapid rate (honestly…just look at all the little buds on the bushes!) we are looking at a rapidly approaching hunter trial championships at Flowerhill and the associated need for cross-country training. Obviously the opportunities for getting out cross-country are limited, given the rather challenging weather and ground conditions, but Erica and her trusty elves are industriously searching for suitable options and there are potential plans afoot. Watch this space.

In the meantime don’t lose touch with the good folks in your local riding clubs. Why not come along for the inter-club meeting on Monday evening at the Glencar Inn at 8pm.

Farewell Ciara. Hello Dennis

Apparently storms are like buses…..none for ages and then two come bumper to bumper. Having lost the first leg of our spring league to the ravages of Ciara we are now having to cross all fingers and toes in the hope that Dennis wont put paid to the second leg. Scheduled to be held this Sunday, 16th Feb, in Greenacres Equestrian Centre, and being run by Tirconail RC, this show will hopefully kick off the 2020 season in style.

Looking further down the calendar we now have a non-AIRC hunter trial to look forward to at Gordon’s Bay. Details on the flyer.


Gee, thanks Ciara!

Tomorrow’s first leg of the North West Riding Clubs spring show-jumping league has been cancelled for safety reasons. Details on how scoring for the league will be affected will be posted in due course.


Third time lucky

The third one’s the charm, so they say, and so it is with a date for our Audrey Jacob Team Challenge. It is now confirmed for Sunday May 24th in Eglinton. Even more time to perfect your moves.

Whad’ya think?

If it looks like heaven and sounds like heaven it probably is heaven. I feel a little escapism coming on.


Time to step up to the mark

This coming Sunday sees the start of the north west riding clubs spring show-jumping league. The first leg of the league is in Templemore Equestrian Centre in Muff and promises to kick off the competitive year in great style. Inishowen riding club is running the first leg and the action kicks off at 11.00, with entries being accepted from 10.30.

Classes will run in ascending order, starting with crosspoles and finishing with the advanced-open class at 1.20m. There will be a training class at each height following the graded class…for example there will be an 80cm training class after the advanced-primary class finishes. The training classes are open to all grades of rider at or below the height i.e an advanced-open rider may ride a 70cm training class but an advanced-primary rider may not ride a 1.0m training class. Your €15 entry fee allows you to jump in as many training rounds as you wish, as well as competing in your graded class, making the riding club leagues an excellent and affordable way to bring on young or novice horses.

As always, the social aspect of riding club is all-important, with the canteen open to supply hot cuppas and good grub for refuelling while you dissect the days classes and cheer on fellow club mates. Even if you are not competing its worth coming along for a couple of hours to meet everyone, share the craic and practice cheering. See you there.

Polished performances

Many thanks to Mary Devine for providing photographic evidence of the hardy crew who travelled to Twin Towns equestrian centre for this evenings lesson. Looking good folks



It’s an omen

Having set myself the goal of taking part in my first ever one day event this year you can imagine my delight when I saw that AIRC  hq had published the dates and venues for all the national championships and the eventing championship is to be held in Flowerhill!  That’s all the motivation I need to get myself and Merlin started on a personal fitness and training regime. All the championship dates are on our Calendar page. Why not set one as your own goal now? You know you want to.