Positive moves. Calendar dates at last.

At a well attended Zoom meeting our club members were obviously champing at the bit to get out and about again. Lorna has arranged a set of three flatwork and polework lessons, under the able tutelage of Mary Devine, at Greenacres Equestrian Centre. These lessons will run on the next three Friday evenings, the 14th, 21st and 28th of May. Members should book in with Lorna by the Monday evening if they wish to take part on the Friday. You’ll get Lorna on 087-311 1381. Pre-booking is strictly necessary due to current covid restrictions (not to mention common courtesy).

Unfortunately AIRC guidelines do not yet permit us to run a club rideout, which is something a lot of members are looking for. The social aspect commonly associated with a rideout is contrary to best principles for minimising covid risk. As soon as any kind of social gathering is permitted we’ll organise an outing to take in the wide open spaces of the Donegal hills.

We are also proposing to run a show….yes, an actual competition, in June. It will include show-jumping and dressage and will be our ‘Orla O’Reilly Shield’ show. We reckon that there will be a shortage of weekends available for running competitions and whilst the Orla O’Reilly memorial show is traditionally a Derby show we feel that not many horses (or riders) will be up to jumping a long derby course in June, hence opting for a standard length course. It will include some rustic fillers but wont consist of the usual 20+ jumps of a derby course. As soon as the date is given the green light by the North Western sub-region we’ll post full details.

The other date in the pipeline is for our Audrey Jacob Team Challenge. This great event was sorely missed in 2020 and with any luck will go ahead this year in September. We are aiming for the latter part of September and will confirm details as soon as we can.

Stay safe, get yo asses in yo saddles, shoes on the nags feet and dig out your lucky knickers. This year is revving up.