Weekend menu with plenty of variety

If you’re the kind of rider who makes last minute decisions about what activity to pursue each weekend, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at what’s on offer over the coming days.

There’s nothing like waking up on a Saturday morning with aching muscles and limbs after an intensive session with Jackie McPherson at our Friday evening flatwork lesson. The sense of achievement is almost worth the agony but your horse is probably lying comatose in the field thinking “never again”. If you want to participate, check with Sharon on 086 338 9166 whether there are still spaces available (and next time, try to book in by Wednesday).

For TREC enthusiasts, Donegal TREC returns to Hillsborough Farm, the site of our wonderful Derby show, for a 2-day festival beginning with training sessions on Saturday. Members from TREC clubs throughout the country will be competing on Sunday in Donegal TREC’s first competitive event. The orienteering/long distance riding element of the test is ridden in pairs. The obstacles and other disciplines are undertaken individually. The event is open to anyone over the age of 12. Even if you’re not participating, you’ll find it interesting to go along and watch something entirely different. Contact Orla on 087  643 2458 for more details.

If you haven’t entered in advance, don’t spontaneously decide to load your horse and head for the AIRC National Show Jumping Championships in Mullingar on Sunday. Leave the horse behind and go as a spectator with a view to being quicker off the mark next year. You can cheer Martina and Smuggler on.

But if you’re hell bent on bringing the horse with you, veer north west instead of south and stop when you get to Falcarragh. Packie Ferry and Tommy McGinley are running their infamous Falcarragh Gymkhana and the sport will be mighty. It’s not a riding club event so there’s jumping for children as well as adults, with a cup up for grabs at 90cm.

Enjoy your weekend, whatever you end up doing.