Just a few more days to go before the Derby. The ground is good at the moment and so hoping the weather is kind to us!
Please could all members try to help on Friday as there is a lot to be done. We are meeting at Hillsborough for 6:30 so hope to see you all there.
The dressage times are up on Facebook so please check and share. Or click on link below. TIME
IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR, SUMMER HAS ARRIVED AND IT’S TIME FOR THE HILLSBOROUGH DERBY SO PRAY FOR GOOD WEATHER AND HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL THERE!
SEE LINK BELOW FOR THIS YEARS SCHEDULE
LETTERKENNY RIDING CLUB
Facebook photos of the night before illustrate that competing is only one very small part of being part of the riding club, there was little talk of tactics and plenty of craic and maybe a glass or two of the alcoholic kind. But despite what looks to be a late night there was a degree of success so congratulations to all who took part in this weekends hunter trials. But particularly well done to Pauric and kieran who took fourth place in the intermediate pairs and to Damien who took 6th place in the individual in the advanced intermediate class, great to see Molly back on form after her operation. Congratulations also to our neighbouring clubs sister act, Emily and Laura.
To all our members who are heading off to Annaharvey we wish them safe travels and the very best of luck round the course. Look forward to following their progress and success on Facebook and will report all the thrills and spills here will an emphasis on thrills please and no spills!
Our next club meeting will be on Friday 7th April at 8:00 pm at Tir na nOg. This is when we be planning out next round of club events as well as discussing the Audrey Jacob Team Challenge, Dressage qualifiers, The Hillsborough challenge (Derby) and of course the annual jolly to Carrickfinn. We will also be discussing items for the next inter club meeting including the first draft of the 2 phase league rules. the inter club meeting will be taking place on Monday 10th April at 8:00 at Tir na nOg. Please try to attend and bring along any ideas you may have for club events.
NORTH WEST SPRING LEAGUE
So the spring league has come to an end and Letterkenny Riding club saw their share of winners. The final day saw some highs and lows and some breath holding moments so congratulations goes to everyone who took part but particularly to….
Liz Cuffe who came 2nd and new member Kerry Anne who cam 5th in the advance primary class. Well done to Cliff who came 2nd and Pauric 4th in the intermediate class. congratulations to Anne who came 2nd Cormac 3rd Nadine 5th and Dawn 6th in the advanced intermediate and to Shauna who came 1st in the open class.
Following an injury sustained during our Sunday ride out it is with a heavy heart that I have to report that Kerrie Chambers had to make the decision that no one wants to have to make. The General broke his pedal bone and Kerrie did what all those who care about their animals must do and made sure that the General was no longer in pain. All of us here at Letterkenny riding club send our thoughts to her and hope that the many happy years she had with the General will help her through this very sad time.
On that note there is to be a new feature which will be known as ‘Horse of the Month’. This is where each month we will feature one of the clubs horses. It may be because they have done well in an event or it may just be because they are a member of our club and that makes them special enough. Therefore it only seems fitting that The General is the first horse of the month. So watch this space a find out what made The General so special to Kerrie.
Sunday afternoon saw a gathering of 13 club members and their horses sample the beautiful backdrop of Glenmore Estate. Many thanks to Anne and Keary who gave us two hours of forestry tracks, which was an ideal back drop for everyone to catch up whilst on horseback. Thanks also to Pauric who was our forestry guide and photographer. The weather was kind and the craic good. There were freshly prepared refreshments after, provided by Keary, (well at least that’s what he told us) where plans for training and more importantly dates for our annual trip to Carrickfinn were discussed. So Damien get organising as Hazel visited the beach on Saturday and as you can see all looks good for this years visit!
Carrickfinn beach awaits
Sorry, slightly behind with league and other news, here is a brief summary of the success of our club members, who have everything to play for in the final!
So congratulations to ….
Liz Cuffe in the advanced primary class who was placed fifth in the third leg of the league and who won this Sunday, this puts Liz at the top of the leader board in the advanced primary class.
In the intermediate class Cliff came second in the third leg of the league and again is in a good position for the final despite not being able to make this Sundays league. Pauric came third this week which has also put him in a good position for a placing. The third leg of the league also saw new member Kieran Sharkey, who has moved from pony club, gain third place in the intermediate class and we welcome him and hope he enjoys being part of Letterkenny riding club.
The advanced intermediate class saw top position being taken by Nadine in the third leg and second place by Cormac. They both managed to get placed again this week with Nadine coming fifth and Cormac second. This puts Cormac at the top of the leader board in the intermediate class but he can’t afford to be to complacent as there are a few fellow riders nipping at his heel! Shauna looks in a great position take the crown in the open.
So this makes for a great final of the spring league and we wish everyone from all clubs good luck.
All clubs are helping to run the final so please be prepared to lend a hand if and when you are not riding. Look forward to seeing you all there for what looks to be like a real tight and exciting race to the finish. With double points for all those who attended three shows out the five there should be some nail-biting rounds. So even if you are unable to ride it certainly will be worth coming along just to cheer on your club members.
2 PHASE MEETING
The representatives from the 4 clubs are meeting next week to finalize all the details relating to the 2 phase league. If there is anything that you would like discussed or raised please contact Hazel before Wednesday 15th March.
SUNDAY RIDE OUT
Anne has organised a ride out for Sunday 12th March providing a rare opportunity to ride out in the Glenmore Estate Ballybofey. leaving at 2:00 with refreshments after. so if you fancy an afternoon of good craic on horseback then please contact Anne
Today saw another cold one but us horsey people are hardy beings so a wee bit of a chill factor did not stop the Donegal riding clubs from having a successful 2nd leg of the league. Well done to Inishowen who ran a smooth and seamless show.
Thanks again to Trish Warren who once more split herself between judging and course building, creating another great course with just a little more challenge than last week keeping horse and riders on their toes and hooves.
Well done to all our members who took part today, there was great team support with numerous shouts of encouragement from the sidelines!
A special mention goes to our club winners of the day. Congratulations to Liz who took first place in the advanced primary, to Cliff who once more took the first place in the intermediate class and Claire Cuffe who came second in the advanced intermediate class. Also well done to Pauric and Blackie who got through to the jump off with a brilliant first round.
Results are in and further congratulations goes to Hannah who came in fourth and new comer Kerri Ann who came sixth in the advanced primary class. Rachel pulled off a sixth place in the intermediate class and really should of got extra points for the vocal encouragement she gave her steed Merlin at each of the jumps. In the advanced intermediate class Ann got fourth place and Nadine fifth. Well done guys. Points table is on face book sorry slight technical hitch that is I haven’t quite been able to create link yet. Work in progress 😀
Every one gets a lie in next week, which I’m sure Trish will be grateful for. See you all on the 26th February.
Letterkenny riding club got off to a flying start on Sunday on the first leg of the league. There was a great turn out from the four clubs despite the cold and foggy start to the day and Patricia Warren built a great course that eased everyone back gently into show jumping.
It was great to see returning riders giving the cross poles and 6ocm a whirl and the primary riders taking up the challenge.
The first battle began with the advanced primary class where 10 riders had to get to grips with the newly introduced time faults for anyone ever the optimum time. New member Kerry-Anne under the watchful eye of big sister Shauna gave the course a good go and we look forward to seeing her again next week and it was welcome back to Miriam. There were some great double clear rounds that fell foul to time faults but Congratulations to Ryan and Bud for their great win and well done to Liz Cuffe for her well deserved 4th place for our own club!
Intermediate riders then took up the challenge and the jump off produced some great rounds. Congratulations to Cliff on his 1st place, Leo on his 2nd (must have been the brown boots Leo) and Enda on his 5th place.
Our advanced intermediate riders really showed us how its done with great first rounds and some nail-biting jump offs. Congratulations to Dawn who, on her first time out at this level won the class with some brilliant corner cutting jumping! Well done also to Anne on her 2nd place Cormac on getting 3rd Claire on her 5th place and Marina on 6th.
A special mention also to Shauna who completed her first round at open level.
Many thanks to all those who took part, bringing in valuable points towards the inter club trophy at the end of the year and to all those members who helped out, without you these days wouldn’t be the success they are.
Also big thank you to Patricia who stepped in to create the course and to do a little jump judging too!
See you all next week which is being run by Inishowen.
Don’t forget, flat work with Mary Finneran this Friday contact Vera to book a place.
Its that time of year again when we welcome the start of spring by brushing off the mud from boots and horses, shaking the cobwebs from the show jackets and heading to Templemore for a few rounds of jumping. yes its the start of the The spring league!
This is where we start to accumulate points and begin the quest to try to win back the inter club trophy. So look forward to seeing as many members as possible battling it out with the members from Innishowen, Donegal Gaeltacht and Tirconail riding clubs.
Letterkenny are running the first leg of the spring league so it’s all hands on deck. Please try to help out where you can when not jumping and if jumping isn’t your thing still come along cheer on your fellow club members and give a helping hand.
SEE YOU THERE!
There was a small gathering at the club meeting on Monday night. However the calendar of events for the next few months certainly made up for it. Here is a quick synopsis of the calendar
Sunday 14th – Dressage Championship in Mullingar
Sunday 14th – xc Lenamore 2pm – 4pm
Friday 19th – Formation riding – Harley’s contact Francis
Sunday 21st – 2 phase league Lenamore
Friday 26th – Formation riding- venue tbc
Saturday 27th – Formation riding filming- venue tbc
Sunday 28th – ODE Clonaw
Saturday 3rd – 2 phase course building Deeleside 10am
Saturday 10th – LRC 2 phase Deeleside Drumkeen
Sunday 18th – Hunter trials- Annaharvey Tullamore
Weekend Saturday & Sunday 24th & 25th – Bundoran- contact Damien
Sunday 2nd – Ride out Ballybofey in aid of Drumboe Respite House – contact Anne
Sunday 9th – NW league – Templemore
Sunday 23rd – NW league- Templemore
Sunday 6th – NW league – Templemore
Sunday 20th – NW league final Templemore
Saturday 26th – Dinner dance
Some of these dates may be subject to change!