Lots can happen on a sunny 4-day weekend in the lives of our members. Easter kicked off with a heavily attended and somewhat chaotic training session for team jumping on Thursday evening. With the focus of the tuition on turns and speed, Tanya and Damien took unlucky tumbles as both Al and Millie slipped up in uncharacteristic fashion. Happily, riders and horses survived in tact and continued for the rest of the class.
Keary was less lucky when he took a tumble from his new horse, Arthur, during a private lesson with Jayne Patterson on another day. He was unfortunate enough to gash his leg on a jump cup and ended up with several stitches in his thigh. We wish you a speedy recovery, Keary.
Rachel Carton thoroughly enjoyed the the training for course builders with Charles Maudlin at Killult on Friday. Hopefully she’ll progress through the remainder of the sessions to take the exam and join Orla and Seamus on the club’s roster of course building experts.
There was plenty of show jumping activity on Easter Monday with members travelling in different directions. As a warm up for the TSJC qualifier, Cormac took the temperamental but talented Charlotte to his home turf in Sligo to compete at the final of the Sligo EC’s winter league. She jumped beautifully and was let down only by pilot error as Cormac missed the last fence on the course.
Several of our pony club parents travelled in another direction to Richard Smyth’s show at Victoria Bridge where huge entries made a for a long but very enjoyable day. Liz and Vera both competed while Anne and Rachel supported their small fry from the ground.