The long road to Stradbally

Two of our members, Martina and Marina, are making the long journey to Stradbally this Friday for the weekend’s much-anticipated Riding Club’s Festival.

Martina is trying her hand at a variety of disciplines with her cob, Smuggler. She’ll be showing him in the Primary Performance Hunter as well as competing at Primary level in the show jumping, dressage and riding club horse classes.

Marina is concentrating on showing with her evergreen star, Teldel. She’s in the Large Riding Horse and Veteran Horse classes on Saturday and the Ex-Racehorse/TB class and Ex-Racehorse Performance class on Sunday.

Carmel Ferry, Julia O’Neill, Patricia Warren and Lawrence Smyth are representing the Donegal Gaeltachts in a wide range of classes while Mona and Charlie Vial will be flying the Tirconaill flag.

You can see all the entry details and the rest of the Festival information on the AIRC website. The weather forecast isn’t exactly encouraging but the horses will be comfortable in their on-site stables while Marina and Martina enjoy a dry roof over their heads in a hotel in Portlaoise.

The very best of luck to everybody in these final days of preparation. Fingers crossed all the horses and riders stay sound and healthy and that they get as far as Stradbally to enjoy a unique riding club experience.

Pictured below: Marina showing Teldel at the Bonagee Show, 2008 (Photo: Clive Wasson), and Martina showing Smuggler at the Donegal Gaeltacht’s August beach show in 2010.