Plenty of autumn activity to look forward to as curtains close on summer

What summer? Has there ever been a greater sense of anti-climax than what we’re feeling in these dying days of a season that never was? Children are returning to school and the grass in the fields is growing even more slowly than it has done for the past three or four months. Most of us are feeling cheated. Don’t despair. September has plenty of highlights to brighten your horizon.

Hunter Trial & Dressage at Lenamore
This weekend sees the fourth renewal of our annual show at Lenamore. We’re running it as a hunter trial and dressage this year in a change from the traditional cross jump. Contact Marina on 086 821 6335 if you’re able to help either setting up on Saturday (from 2pm) or with Sunday duties. As usual, we’d prefer if those who aren’t competing could help at the event itself so that our riding members can focus on the competition. Our newer members, who might not have been that involved in running events to date, should contact Marina and get involved. It’s a great way to get to know your fellow club members and learn more about how the riding club works. And it can be great fun!

Millers Hill Weekend Away
We have a great contingent signed up for Millers Hill with 16 definites and 2 probables on the books to date. Remember that you need to pay Libby in full by this Sunday, 4 September (she’ll be at Lenamore so you can catch her there — otherwise post a cheque). If something arises and you aren’t able to make the weekend, you will get a refund. We’ll be enjoying the cross country course, trying our hand at carriage driving and polocrosse, and most importantly, enjoying the great hospitality that the McCrum family offers us each year.

If you’d like to go but haven’t booked yet, it’s not too late. There may be a limit to the number of horses that can be offered livery but there’s no limit to the number of 2-legged guests that can be accommodated.

Benbulben RC Crossjump
Our neighbours in Sligo are running their very popular crossjump at Kean and Louise O’Hara’s Annaghmore Estate outside Collooney in Sligo on Sunday 18 September. It’s a beautiful course with a lovely natural water feature and a dry ditch as well as plenty of challenging but fair fly jumps. In past years the pony club have run an identical event alongside the riding club competition making it a great day for families.

Friday evening jumping lessons
The last three Fridays in September (16/23/30) see us return to tuition for a series of jumping lessons. Erica is at present making arrangements for both instructor and venue and will confirm details as quickly as she can. You don’t need to be an accomplished show jumper to participate — novices who want to begin with poles on the ground will be very welcome.

So, no need to be depressed as you see the evenings closing in and watch the little horrors trudging along with their schoolbags. The best is yet to come!