With both the dressage and the show jumping championships behind us we can look forward to some fun and excitement over the coming weeks and months. As I type this a sizeable portion of the club membership are enjoying the annual trip to Carrickfinn, where sun, sea and campfire dispel all the stresses of the day…well it might only be sea and campfire but as the song goes ‘two out of three ain’t bad’. Tradition dictates that what happens in Carrickfinn stays in Carrickfinn but I’m sure that between them all the campers will manage a few photos for the club archives.
Next weekend, the June bank holiday weekend, brings an opportunity to enjoy a social outing, a good meal and support a worthy cause in the process. The Tirconaill riding club is running a ride out from Harvey’s Point, bringing riders through stunning scenery before serving up a sumptuous lunch, sponsored by the hotel itsekf. Proceeds are in aid if Riding for the Disabled and registration details are on the poster
Another date of note next week is Friday 7th, which is the closing date for entries for the Gaeltacht riding club’s one day event at Gordon’s Bay. Hosting a one day event is no small undertaking and this event affords a very rare opportunity to enjoy this discipline on our doorstep. There are classes to suit every ability and details are on their poster
The following weekend brings the AIRC Riding Clubs Festival to Mullingar. This extravaganza of showing, jumping and dressage is a mammoth affair and truly caters for every level of horse and rider. Even if you are not competing it is well worth attending to support others from the region and apart from the obvious social aspect of the event it can be very educational to watch the showing classes and see what the judges are looking for. Loads of people camp onsite and the atmosphere is excellent.
July brings another chance to take on the best of the rest in the show jumping arena as the National Showjumping Championship is in Mullingar on the 14th of july. No prior qualification is required to attend this event and all grades are catered for over the day. The facilities in Mullingar are top class and it’s another opportunity to fly the Letterkenny flag on the National stage.
July 28th brings our regional training day to Gordon’s Bay. Organised by the Gaeltacht riding club this year, this day brings top class coaches to put you through your paces. As with all interclub events there is a strong social element as well as the educational aspect. Details and registration methods are on the poster.
Details from our own club meeting will be published as soon as I get them. In the mean time enjoy your weekend and your horses.