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Lets get together *Update*

A quick preemptive reminder that we have our first club meeting of the year, and of the decade, on Monday 6th at 8pm in Tir Na nOg. All are welcome and Marina will bring tickets for the Jim Hickey seminar for anyone who would like to purchase. Priced at E20 each.

Bring on the New Year

For all of you who have a deep appreciation of the following illustration, take heart. Enjoy tonight and then step forward into the next season with a determined heart.



Happy Christmas everyone and happy birthday to Himself


The best of good news

AIRC HQ have announced that the Hunter Trial Championships will take place on the 5th of April 2020 and returns to the ever-popular Flowerhill Equestrian Centre. As a source of Christmas cheer, and a motivator for the new year, I reckon you cant do much better than that. For anyone who wonders what Flowerhill is all about all I can say is ‘a picture paints a thousand words’.Gurteen Wheelbarrowcropped-letterkenny-competitors-and-supporters-at-flowerhill_7427.jpg177IMG_0838IMG_7422IMG_7393IMG_3336IMG_3330IMG_3361IMG_3470IMG_3478IMG_3480IMG_3523SONY DSCDSC00632_cropped (Large)

Some of us do the odd bit of riding as well but make no mistake, it’s the craic we go for and the riding is secondary….though we did win the intermediate championships in 2008, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2018, so when we ride we REALLY ride!

Save the date

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Registering a horse with AIRC

Horses or ponies must be registered with the Association in advance of entering any national championship or qualifier for a national championship.

Members should note that a charge of €25 will be applicable for any Horse Registration application received from the 1st April until the Monday after the Riding Clubs Festival each year. The service will continue to be free outside of this period. The introduction of the charge is necessary to encourage members to register their horse outside of this busy period at National Office.

After an analysis of all applications received over the past five years, it was established that 63% of all applications are received each year during the months of April and May.

The service will continue to be free of charge for current members at all other times throughout the year so the message is, register your horse as soon as possible and please do not leave it to the last minute.

A horse or pony only has to be registered once with the Association, then it’s recorded for life. Over 7,000 horses are currently registered with the Association and you can check to see if your horse is already registered here. Animals must be aged 4 or more and over 143cms (14hh) in order to be eligible for riding club competitions.

To register an animal for the first time with the Association, you must submit the following documents to National Office:

  • Complete the Online Application Form or use the Postal Form.
  • A copy of the animals passport to include the naming sheet (with registration number, ULEN, microchip number, age, sex, height, colour, date of foaling, breed, sire, dam, breeder, etc) and the marking sheet.

Applications are processed as soon as possible but it can take up to five working days, so members are advised not to leave it to the last minute.  Applications will be accepted by email, fax or post and members are advised not to post a copy of the animals original passport to National Office.  Please ensure that you sign the registration form.

Incomplete applications cannot be registered on the database.  Unnamed animals cannot be registered on the database until the animal has been named with an appropriate authority. Only details verified on an animals passport, issued by a recognised Passport Issuing Organisation (PIO), will be recorded on the Associations database.

Transfer of Ownership

To transfer ownership of an animal already registered with the Association, you must resubmit an application.  However, the ownership must have been recorded with the PIO before applying for the transfer request. The updated copy of the animals passport should accompany the application form.  Transfer of ownerships will only be processed once it has been recorded with the PIO.

Change of Name

To change the name of your animal already registered with the Association, you must resubmit an application. However, the change of name must have been recorded with the PIO before applying for the change of name request. The updated copy of the animals passport should accompany the application form.  Change of name applications will only be processed once it has been recorded with the relevant PIO.

If you are in any doubt about the necessary steps to take don’t hesitate to contact one of our own club committee and they will help you jump through the various hoops.

Planning the year ahead

With the changing of the guard, so to speak, with regard to our club officers, we will have to exercise a little patience as the new recruits find their feet (or should it be hooves??) and the club administration starts to flow smoothly again. Erica is in the process of setting up a club ‘Itsplainsailing’ account so that we can process various payments online rather than having to make the effort to meet up and hand over cash or cheques. For anyone who wishes to renew membership immediately Erica is happy to accept a cash/cheque payment as she will be sending off an early bunch of applications this side of the new year, but if you prefer to defer membership payment till after the festive season it should be possible to do it all online in the near future. Watch this space!

Our next official riding club event will be a club meeting on Monday 6th January, which will afford us the opportunity to compare notes on over-indulgence, lack of riding time, overly fresh horses and the need for some serious mental motivation to get us up and going, and into the running for Club Of The Year 2020 (twould be a grand way to start the decade). Fortunately we have just the job for the latter as, on Thursday 23rd January, equestrian sports psychologist Jim Hickey is coming to the Finn Valley Centre in Stranorlar to impart his wisdom and set us up (psychologically at least) for the new season. Jim’s session will run from 7.30 to 9.30pm and the cost is E20 per person. Payment will be via our brand span-new Its Plain Sailing account and, in case the venue wasn’t a give-away, this will not involve actual horses…merely the intention to sit on one as a club member in the not-too-distant future. Further details will follow. In the mean time if anyone would like to check out Mr. Hickey’s career you can see his Facebook page at the following link

It’s a wrap

The annual grand finale of the region’s riding club calender is the dinner dance and this years offering did not disappoint. Organised by Hazel, Louise and Mona, and held in the central location of the Villa Rose in Ballybofey, the meal was good, the awards ceremony ran like a well schooled horse and the music kept the die-hard dancers on the floor till the wee hours. Congratulations to the Inishowen club on winning Club Of The Year…next year we’ll just have to pull out all the stops to get our hands on the shield (again).

🏆 NW Club of the year 2019 -Inishowen RC

🏆 Dressage Rider of the year 2019 -Lauren McLaughlin, Inishowen

🏆 Showjumping Rider of the year 2019- Stephen Green, Tirconail

🏆2-phase cup 2019 – Tirconail RC

There aren’t a lot of photos from the night but Marina was good enough to grab a few…


While we’re on the subject of wrapping up a year in pictures I’ll take the chance to reiterate congratulations to our own club member of the year, Francis McNicholl and club horse of the year, Sally Clover Supreme (aka Shyla). Both worthy winners. As you can see from the photos Shyla was unable to attend the awards ceremony but her sidekick, Cliff, was willing to do the honors and assured us the trophy would live on Shyla’s mantelpiece for the coming year.


League honors go further afield

The autumn league drew to an exciting finale at Templemore Equestrian Centre where, as you can see from the results below, the Inishowen and Tirconail clubs shared the red ribbons between them. A smaller than usual band of riders and supporters were treated to some superb jump-off rounds and a highly entertaining couple of novelty classes. Ryan McBride showcased his new course designing skills to perfection and reports from the show were very favourable. Things are looking good for the spring league. Congratulations to all the successful riders. As usual the prize giving for the autumn league will take place at the annual dinner dance, which is in the Villa Rose hotel this Saturday, the 30th of November. Tickets are available from Hazel or Louise so give them a bell if you haven’t snagged yours yet. There will be a great range of spot prizes on the night as well as the regular equestrian awards.

For those of you who like a little motivation over the festive season I have the dates of the spring league. With four initial legs at which to earn points, and a final at which double points are available, it gives us all a welcome goal to aim for. Entry fees are being held at the extremely good value rate of E15 per horse for the days jumping. In order to be eligible for prizes you must take part on three of the five days, and your best four scores will count. In other words you have a discard score if you take part every day. Any rider who competes on all five days will be entered in a draw for a fuel voucher in recognition of their club spirit and the effort it takes to drag one’s own and ones’s horses ass out of bed on a Sunday morning!

Dates for 2020 NWRCs Spring League
9th (Templemore EC) , 16th Feb (Greenacres EC)
1st (Templemore EC),8th (Greenacres EC) and 22nd March (Templemore EC)


Jump and boogey

With the final of the north west riding clubs autumn league taking place in Templemore tomorrow, and a good weather forecast to boot, we should see some great jumping and no doubt plenty of friendly rivalry. Best of luck to any of our members taking part.

Monday evening brings the North West Riding Club agm, happening at the Glencar Inn at 8pm. Everyone is very welcome to attend and it will be a good chance to hear any feedback from the outer world as our representatives on the national executive report back.

The real highlight of the season is of course the annual dinner dance, being held again at the Villa Rose hotel in Ballybofey. Last year’s dance was a mighty night and the Villa Rose proved itself an excellent venue. Tickets are available from Hazel and can be purchased at the league final tomorrow or (I think) at the interclub agm on Monday.