Non-riding club activities on the horizon

We’re not the only club to kick back into action as January progresses. There’s quite a lot going on out there and it’s worth checking out what neighbours are up to in case anybody wants to join in the fun.

First out of the blocks was definitely Orla with Donegal Trec. Following a groundbreaking 2013 this very active organisation, an affiliate of Trec Ireland, has a hectic calendar of events lined up. You can find all the details on the Donegal Trec website.

Several of our members are keen Working Hunter riders and their stomping ground tends to be in the North. All roads in this discipline lead to the Northern Ireland Festival in Cavan Equestrian Centre at the end of April. Check the list of qualifiers and find out more about the championship weekend on the Northern Ireland Festival website.

Hunter trials and hunt chases are few and far between and again, the richest pickings are to be found in Northern Ireland. Marina has spotted a great looking Team Hunt Chase at Dirraw Farm (near Ballymoney) on Saturday 29 March. Although it comes very close to Flowerhill it would make a great schooling experience for anybody who’s looking for some miles on the clock. Marina is keen to get a team together (four people per team, all riding the course at once). Contact her if you’d like to join in.

Meanwhile, with two hunts now in the county, there’s plenty of actual hunting going on this season also. The long-standing Donegal Harriers are a membership hunt but welcome visitors by arrangement. The newly-formed Donegal Tyrone Farmers Hunt meets on Saturdays and charges just a cap per day.

And if there’s anything else going on, just holler!