Bring on the autumn

Anyone who was involved in the hunter trials held today at Gordan’s Bay Equestrian would have to agree that the organizers did a stellar job of laying out three courses of truly testing jumps and ensured that the ground was in excellent condition, and that was no mean feat given the weather we’ve had recently. Miraculously the sun shone from start to finish and a light breeze dried up the ground enough to allow even a very non-4WD transit to drive around the car parking field and get out without a tow! It was a most sociable day and there was a great turnout of past, present and future club members. Of course in some cases the past and the future members are the one group, isn’t that right Hazel and Louise??

Next weekend brings the Donegal Gaeltacht’s Beach Show at Ballyness Bay, Falcarragh. This truly is one of the exceptional venues in the country and anyone who attends will vouch for how relaxing a day it is, with miles of dunes and beach to allow competitors to chill out and unwind both before and after their competitions. Some of our club are making a weekend of it, with stabling being supplied by Trish Warren on the Saturday night and the promise of a leisurely hack on the Saturday afternoon adding an additional bonus to the weekend. If anyone wants to come along for the night’s camping, even if they aren’t competeing, please Rachel or Erica know as soon as possible so that we can sort you out.

Having spoken today to Oliver Walsh, of Flowerhill Equestrian Centre, I can tell you all that he swears the National Hunter Trials will be going ahead barring a hurricane in the preceding days. Fingers and toes crossed for balmy weather from now to then. Whether the hunter trial championships go ahead or not remains to be seen but autumn certainly promises to be a busy time, especially as our own show is rapidly approaching on the 27th of September. Check out the poster below and watch this space for further details.