It’s all kicking off now

Life truly is ramping up a gear or three, with competitive opportunities appearing daily as venues scramble to get all their covid-related ducks in a row whilst organising events of all types for us lucky riders. First and foremost we have our own Orla O’Reilly memorial show coming up next weekend. The prizes on offer are fantastic and the emphasis is very much on getting out and giving it a go. Jumping courses are promised to be flowing and inviting, with a view to encouraging out-of-practice entrants and an emphasis on building confidence for the rest of the season. Get your entries in and prepare for a sociable and enjoyable day.

Marginally further afield, but of great interest to those who enjoy the buzz of the cross-country course, is the annual 2-phase league being run by the Bellew family of Cloncaw Equestrian near Glaslough. Dates for the Premier Saddlery 2 Phase League starting Sunday 4th July are shown below. An additional date of 22nd August will be confirmed ASAP. Entries will open 20th June for the 4th July.

Our almost neighbors in the Border Counties Riding Club are really covering all bases on the 18th of July as they will be running a One Day Event, Combined Training and 2-Phase competitions at Cloncaw. Full details are to follow but you can whet your appetite by perusing the event poster below.

In a most positive development the powers that be in AIRC HQ have confirmed that the show-jumping championships scheduled for Mullingar Equestrian Centre in July will be going ahead. The Connolly’s RED MILLS Show Jumping Championships take place on Sunday 11th July. There are championship classes for each grade.  Derby competitions and accumulator competitions are also run at the Championships, depending on the member’s show jumping grade.  There is also a class for young horses. The championships last took place in 2019. Check out the full schedule, and remember your horse must be registered with the AIRC if you wish to compete.