Treasure hunting and jumping our way into autumn

How time flies. September beckons this weekend and the club’s quiet period will end as activity steps up in the autumn. Those who have looked for entertainment and activity during August have found it as club life ticked over at a pleasant summer pace. Select groups of members turned out to hunt treasure with Francis and Maura in the foothills of Knockalla, the competition divided into two divisions — four hooves and four wheels.

There was a little bit of squabbling as the 4-wheelers (Nadine, Emily, Enda and some junior McClaffertys, Jenny and Maura) claimed victory before being shunted firmly into an inferior league. That left the two 4-hooved teams to divide the real honours. Peace reigned as everybody from Damien to Leo put their feet up and enjoyed wonderful refreshments at Francis and Maura’s beautiful home.

A week later Tanya had to punt as Patricia Warren dealt with a colicking pony and couldn’t get to Cyril’s for the planned jumping lesson. Mary Finneran stepped into the breach and gave Christopher, Hannah, Tanya, Nadine, Liz and Eweline a good work-out. Their fat horses enjoyed the lesson and were looking healthy and well after a season on grass.

It was great to see Liz back out on Judy as she comes to terms with the tragic loss of her beautiful young horse, Spirit, earlier in the summer. And Eweline covered herself in glory as she continued to master the foundations of jumping with her new equine partner, Gordon. The pair made great progress and Eweline’s balance and stickability impressed Mary and the onlookers greatly.

Audrey, John, Jenny and Libby looked on from the sidelines until things ended at dusk and the lorries and trailers crawled slowly back up Cyril’s lane as darkness fell. Lessons continue this week. Contact Tanya if you plan to join in.

Pictured below: Members enjoy tuition with Mary Finneran.

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