Time to step up to the mark

This coming Sunday sees the start of the north west riding clubs spring show-jumping league. The first leg of the league is in Templemore Equestrian Centre in Muff and promises to kick off the competitive year in great style. Inishowen riding club is running the first leg and the action kicks off at 11.00, with entries being accepted from 10.30.

Classes will run in ascending order, starting with crosspoles and finishing with the advanced-open class at 1.20m. There will be a training class at each height following the graded class…for example there will be an 80cm training class after the advanced-primary class finishes. The training classes are open to all grades of rider at or below the height i.e an advanced-open rider may ride a 70cm training class but an advanced-primary rider may not ride a 1.0m training class. Your €15 entry fee allows you to jump in as many training rounds as you wish, as well as competing in your graded class, making the riding club leagues an excellent and affordable way to bring on young or novice horses.

As always, the social aspect of riding club is all-important, with the canteen open to supply hot cuppas and good grub for refuelling while you dissect the days classes and cheer on fellow club mates. Even if you are not competing its worth coming along for a couple of hours to meet everyone, share the craic and practice cheering. See you there.