All systems go for our Derby & Dressage Show, Sunday 10 July

Last night’s site visit and planning meeting for our Derby & Dressage Show on Sunday 10 July was a productive time and it’s now all systems go for what is set to become our club’s flagship competitive event.

The show field at Hillsborough Farm, just a couple of miles from Ramelton, is safe, extensive and gently rolling. There’s enough flat ground to accommodate the dressage arena and plenty of undulation to provide Seamus the terrain he wants for his derby course. Add to that the clear round jumping ring and you begin to get a picture of the scope of the event and of the space.

To celebrate our first opportunity to host an event on the club’s home turf, we’ll be presenting perpetual silver cups of real quality for the four individual derby classes. The Advanced Intermediate and above grades are being combined into one class to create a really competitive event. In this class, the higher graded riders will jump first and the fences will then be lowered to Advanced Intermediate level.

It should be a great day and it will require an equally great effort on the part of every single club member. With a bit of coordination, duties will be divided so that members who are not competing will do the bulk of the work at the event while those who are competing will pull their weight in the days coming up to the show. This will allow those who are competing to concentrate on riding rather than running things. We want to keep those cups in the club!

Just over two weeks to go. Get your horses fit, roll up your sleeves, and contact Orla before she contacts you, if you want to have some say about what jobs you’ll be doing!

Letterkenny 2011 Derby & Dressage Show