Everybody safely back at base after a great trip to Gurteen

No ribbons but otherwise all reports of the National Hunter Trials indicate that the event was a big success. Enda and Pauric had a great clear round in the Advanced Primary Pairs but their time prevented them from making the placings. The optimum time for AIRC hunter trials will have us all scratching our heads to the grave. There appears to be little or no consistency from year to year but doubtless a range of factors — from the condition of the ground to the style of the track — combine in some miraculous formula to determine the exact figure for each championship.

Damien was the only one of our Intermediate riders to chalk up a clear round but, again, his time was sufficiently wide of the mark to keep him out of the ribbons.

It was left to the Gaeltachts to bring home Donegal’s 2013 quota of rosettes with John McDaid finishing 6th in the Advanced Intermediate class and the hair-raisers, Sally Mahon and Laura Schneider,  placing in both the Mixed Pairs and their respective individual classes.

2013. Another year down. It’s a credit to the county that we send participants in such numbers to this distant championship. Any of the regulars who missed it this year will be the first to tell you why it’s such an enduringly popular event.