Riding club requests

The Association of Irish Riding Clubs is an excellent organisation to be involved in. One of the services it provides is to give us a voice at national level in times of need. One aspect of equestrianism which appeals to almost everyone is hacking out, particularly if there is access to good off-road routes. Whilst the following link refers to Dublin forestry uses, I’m sure the more input there is from the equestrian community as a whole the greater the chance of forestry access being granted countrywide. Please try to take the time to read and respond;

Coillte, the semi-state body, has opened up a consultation process in respect of the Dublin Mountains Forests – A Woodland for our Future.

You now have the opportunity to comment and engage in this process regarding the use the Forests for equestrian activities.  We understand that signage has been erected in Barnaslingan and Carrickgollogan forests in Dublin which prohibit access to equestrians.

Horse Sport Ireland is currently engaging with Coillte on the matter.  However, clubs and individuals have the opportunity to put forward their views directly and we would encourage stakeholders to do so.  Should you wish comment to Horse Sport Ireland directly, please email mshea@horsesportireland.ie

Here’s a link to Coillte Natures plans

We are also being asked to take a look at an AIRC survey regarding grading of riders within the organisation. Our club will be submitting feedback on the 23rd of October and each member’s input would be greatly appreciated. Have a gander at the proposed upgrading review and give your feedback to Hazel.