Blustery weather and cold showers couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm evident at Gordon’s Bay as riders squared up to Liz and Ryan’s testing course at the final of the 2018 North West Riding Clubs 2-phase and dressage league.
The dressage arena, set out in their spacious sand arena, was tough to ride good tests in as riders were constantly distracted by the stunning views, but some top class performances were produced. Notable from our own club was Francis and Bonzo, who produced an outstanding performance to win the highly competitive intermediate section on the day. This pair has made great progress over the past year and are becoming a force to be reckoned with. Also showing good improvement since the Lenamore outing were Suzanne and Jack, who were just put of the ribbons and would have benefited from a fourth leg in the league. Louise and her trusty steed Bob were in great form, given that Louise hadn’t sat on him for five weeks, and rode a test befitting of the sixth place rosette on the day. Rachel and Merlin were beaten into second place on the day by Courtney and Gortahork Brid. This pair were superb throughout the league and deservedly won the overall advanced intermediate title.
The cross country proved challenging on the day, as befits a league final, and our club was lightly represented on the field. Cliff and Shyla were unable to make the date, and unfortunately missed a chance to bag some loot, but Francis and Leo took to the battlefield to fly the black and Amber flag in his stead. Unfortunately their mounts just weren’t ‘feeling it’ on the day and they both fell prey to the tricky obstacles.
Results of the third and final leg of the league are shown below
Tir Conail came out victorious as the overall league-topping club, which was well deserved given the massive turn out from this vibrant and active club.
Full league results will be published very soon but in the mean time enjoy the following albums.
Thanks to all the secretaries and particularly Liz Potter for putting together the entries and start times for Sunday’s event at Lenamore. Liz has pointed out how important it is to manage your time wisely to make sure that you’re properly prepared for both dressage and cross country:
The first 3 dressage riders (ADV INT) have approx. 25 mins after their dressage test to get ready for their XC round, riders after this all have between 35 to 50 mins to get from dressage arena to start box of the XC phase. It’s important that riders arrive in good time to walk the XC course before they ride their dressage test as there will be no time in between.
Marina is our Director of Operations so point all questions about the volunteer rota and other tasks towards her. All hands to the pump! It should be a great day and the best of luck to all competitors. Go Letterkenny!
Dressage Points Table- 2nd Leg
Cross Country Points Table- 2nd Leg
Entries Sheet-Lenamore Final
XC Start times – Lenamore Final
Dressage Times- Lenamore Final
Geraldine Bellew’s very popular 2-phase league at Cloncaw Equestrian Centre in Glaslough kicks off its 2012 season this Sunday, 3 June. It’s a non-riding club event so will be of particular interest to members with children who ride. The course at Cloncaw (scene of our regional training day last June) is always a fair challenge and a great schooling ground. And show jumping on grass is a novelty these days.
For full information visit the Cloncaw website.
Cloncaw Equestrian Centre’s highly popular 2-Phase league ended on Sunday with its final leg proving yet again what a valuable amenity its facilities provide. Despite torrential rain in the preceding week, the show jumping and cross country courses were beautifully prepared and ready for action on the day.
Martina, Marina and Libby competed at this non-AIRC event. Jayne Robinson was there too sporting her red Tirconaill silks on her lovely new horse. All of the Donegal riding club members opted for the Mini category, each looking for a nice confidence-boosting round over attractive jumps. Martina handled a headstrong Smuggler manfully in the show jumping ring before heading out for a faultless cross country round at her first ever attempt. An upgrade to Advanced Primary is imminent as the combination set their sights on riding club cross country competitions for 2012.
After jumping Fence 3, Libby had flashbacks to Nadine’s two most memorable Glaslough experiences and rode a giant circle while she figured out that, no, she had not missed a jump! To compensate for the detour, she rode Mai on like the clappers over the second half of the course and ended up with no faults and the fastest time in the competition — too fast, of course, for a competition run over optimum time…
It was Marina on Jenny, jumping only her second cross country course, who hacked around like an old pro and took sixth place for her faultless and 12-second less speedy round.
It was a most enjoyable event and a wonderful schooling experience. Glaslough is so close that it’s almost in the county — a well worthwhile journey over excellent roads. Maybe one of these day the Border Counties and Castle Leslie members will realise that it’s just as easy travelling in the other direction!
Pictured below: Three Letterkenny members in action at Cloncaw. (Photos kindly provided by Cloncaw’s Geraldine Bellew.)
No sooner had you begun to think there’d be no need to cross the county border with your horse until Millershill than Cloncaw Equestrian publish details of their very tempting 2-Phase League.
There are five events in the series, taking place on Sundays 22 May, 24 July, 21 August, 18 September and 9 October. The competition is open to all riders so will be of great interest to families with adults and children who enjoy their cross country. More details can be downloaded below or visit the Cloncaw website.
Cloncaw Equestrian 2-Phase League
Cloncaw Equestrian in Glaslough have several more events planned that offer riders the opportunity to enjoy their really excellent cross country course right in the heart of drumlin country.This coming Saturday, 7 May, there’s a Go-As-You-Please from 2pm to 5pm. The cost is €20 per horse. If you need further details, phone 087 975 1009 or 047 88882.
The first leg of the Cloncaw 2-Phase League takes place on Sunday 22 May and full details will be available later this week. This league attracted great interest last year with several of our club members making the journey.
For anybody who needs to get their head around all these different types of events, take a look at our competition glossary.
The Iveagh Pony Club and Eventing Ireland are running a 2 Phase event at Tullylish, Gilford, County Armagh on Saturday 11 September. Anybody who’s thinking of going should act quickly — entries close this weekend.
Tullylish 2 Phase | Entry Form
The 3rd leg of the 2 Phase Event League at Cloncaw Equestrian in Glaslough takes place on Sunday 15th August strarting at 11am approx with the Maxi class followed by Midi and Mini. The course will be open for inspection on Saturday 14th after 6pm. Each day is a stand alone competition with €100 per class in prize fund. Competitors who compete on 2 and the final (same rider horse combination) will be eligible for League prizes sponsored by Premier Saddlery Armagh.
Details of the event are posted on www.cloncaw.com and entry forms can be downloaded. Competitors making prepaid entries by Thursday will be entered in the draw for cash prizes. Entry fee Maxi and Midi €25, Mini €20. The final of the League takes place on Sunday 5th September.
Kelda’s second lesson at Lenamore proved a huge success with a group of eight keen pupils treated to a generous 2 1/2 hour session. Starting with schooling over a grid in the sand arena, Kelda then moved the group out to the grass where everybody jumped the course for the Tuesday SJI League at the height they were comfortable with.
Meanwhile, Tanya, Audrey and Libby were on the road to Cloncaw Equestrian Centre in Glaslough, Monaghan for the non-AIRC 2-phase league. Despite Libby forgetting a minor piece of equipment (Jack generously loaned Fenway his bridle), she finished 4th on 8 time penalties in the Midi competition category. Tanya and Jack had a disagreement about the water jump in the Mini competition but Tanya had her way in the end and the duo completed the cross country course with smiles on their faces.
It was a most enjoyable event, efficiently run on a beautiful sunny evening. The results showed yet again that time means everything at Cloncaw. It’s a lovely course but those drumlins sure are demanding.
Cloncaw EC in Glaslough, County Monaghan, are running a 2-phase league on Sunday 30 May, Friday 2 July and Sunday 15 August, with the final on Sunday 5 September. The July fixture provides a great opportunity to school around the course before the National ODE Qualifier on Sunday 11 July.
Further information from Geraldine Bellew on 047 88882 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out the venue on Cloncaw Equestrian.