Next Sunday, 9 February, brings the much-anticipated first leg of the 2014 Northwest League. It seems a long time since our first-ever Northwest League show back in January 2009 at Deanes in Bruckless. The annual event has been an outstanding success and is a tribute to the riding club members who support it from year to year, either mounted or from the ground. It has been the making of many of our riders and has done more to help novice riders progress than any other competitive event on the riding club circuit in our area.
This year the league follows a familiar pattern with alternating competitive and training classes each day. As far as points are concerned, riders with more than one horse should note that their points horse must be nominated before competing. Training rounds take place after the competition rounds at each grade and riders may train at a height above their grade.
Please remember that Letterkenny is responsible for running the first show. That means that everybody possible should turn out on the day to lend a hand. A certain number of people need to be on site in good time so that set-up takes place before competitors arrive.
Above all, try to participate in the competition and training itself. The classes begin with crosspoles and there is no better environment in which to overcome your own nerves or encourage your inexperienced or ring-rusty horse to enjoy an outing over coloured poles.