AIRC headquarters have asked us to remind members that (BS) EN1384 standalone hats are being phased out from the 1st January 2016.
If you are buying a new hat, please make sure that it has the PAS 015 standard mark or ASTM F1163 or Snell 2001 or AS/NZS 3838 and is Kitemarked, as the EN1384 standard alone will not be approved in 2016. All riding helmets must be retagged in 2016.
The Executive Committee of the AIRC is currently reviewing the Riding Clubs Festival (RCF) and as part of the review they are investigating the possibility of changing venue to Mullingar Equestrian Centre, Co. Westmeath.
There are a number of key reasons for this:
- Reduced stable costs of €70 in Mullingar Equestrian Centre. Stables currently cost the Association €108.25 each and are subsidised to €90 for competitors at Stradbally Hall Estate in 2014.
- Potential savings of approximately €5,500 on costs by moving to Mullingar Equestrian Centre. The RCF lost approximately €9,500 in Stradbally Hall Estate in 2014
- There will also be a significant reduction in the manpower hours required by volunteers of the Association in preparing the venue in Mullingar Equestrian Centre compared to Stradbally Hall Estate.
- The same facilities will be available at Mullingar Equestrian Centre, including camping onsite and much of their permanent facilities.
Clubs are asked to consult with their members and to indicate their preference by 3pm on Tuesday 28 October 2014.
AIRC HQ have organised a series of Health & Safety seminars to keep members up to speed on this serious topic. Each club must send representatives to at least one of the seminars. Full details are on the AIRC website where you’ll see that the closest venue to us is Sligo:
Tuesday 15 April
Best Western Sligo Southern Hotel, Sligo, Co. Sligo (7:30pm)
Quite apart from fulfilling our obligations, these events are truly informative and helpful. If you’re available to attend, you’ll find the experience worthwhile. In particular, our squad of safety officers should do their best to fit it into their calendars.
The AIRC have obliged us by announcing the times and venues for the 2014 National Championships nice and early so that we can plan our diaries. Check them out on the AIRC website. The most notable change is the return of the Hunter Trial Championships to Flowerhill on Sunday 6 April.
The Lancelot Awards are presented annually by the Association of Irish Riding Clubs to recognise the sterling efforts of its members who regularly go beyond the call of duty in organising or helping at club, regional or national level. Four categories of awards are presented annually:
Club of the Year
Club Secretary of the Year
Club Member of the Year
Person of the Year
Each region selects their nomination to go forward for the Club, Club Secretary and Club Member awards.
Individual members may nominate members or non-members for the Person of the Year Award. These may include a person who has contributed their time and energy to the riding club movement.
The Executive Committee produces a shortlist of nominees which the clubs and a jury vote on to decide the winners. Each club has one vote in each of the four categories and voting papers are distributed to each club secretary in late november / early December.
A fifth award, The Lancelot Award, is presented by the Executive Committee to a person or group who they deem to have contributed beyond the call of duty in their industry.
Each winner receives a specially commissioned bronze horse head resembling the Association’s logo, “Lancelot.” The awards were introduced in 2005.
For further information on the awards is available on the AIRC website.
News from AIRC HQ. Wouldn’t a group expedition be nice…
Tattersalls International Horse Trials and Country Fair, Ireland’s premier International three day event takes place over the June bank holiday weekend from May 31 to June 3. It promises to be a fun-filled weekend for the entire family to enjoy.
Tickets range from €5 to €50 for a picnic pass (includes entry for two adults and two children). Under 12s are free every day.
Tattersalls are offering AIRC members a two-for-one offer on adult admission tickets bought online. All you have to do is log onto www.tattshorsetrials.ie and insert promotional code AFF12 when booking your ticket. The offer applies to online adult admission tickets only. Offer ends 25 May 2012.
The schedule, entry criteria and closing dates have been announced for the Connolly’s Red Mills sponsored Hunter Trials Championships which return to Flowerhill Equestrian Centre, Co. Galway on Sunday 15 April.
There are no changes to the schedule from previous years with competitions on offer for individuals and pairs. Postal entries close on Wednesday 28 March with online entries closing at 3pm on Thursday 5 April.
Flowerhill NHTC Schedule 2012
Next year sees several key events move from their traditional spot on the calendar, due in most cases to the dates of the Olympics in London. The AIRC’s dates for national championships have been rejigged accordingly. See the full schedule on the AIRC website.
David Abbott from AIRC HQ has asked Orla to ensure that a couple of items of news are well publicised amongst members:
Members, club officials and event organisers are being reminded that all riders taking part in any AIRC activity must produce a valid membership card. Under rule 4, c, members are not permitted to take part in any activity until they are in possession of their membership card. If a member is unable to produce their membership card, they are not permitted to take part in the activity. Any breach of this rule can incur automatic suspension and a fine of up to €1,000. Club officials and event organisers are also reminded to check the grade of any rider on their membership card before accepting an entry from that competitor. Please ensure to remind your members of this rule and also any officials, in particular those accepting entries at any AIRC activity.
And on a slightly lighter note:
Equestrian Ski Trip
We’ve organised a totally new and completely social ski trip to Austria in February where there will be an opportunity to go horse riding on Icelandic ponies. It’s open to anyone, members and non members, equestrian enthusiasts and those who don’t know what a horse is! We can accommodate groups and single folk on this trip.
We hope and your members will consider joining us on we hope it will be a chance to meet new friends and old, all with a common interest. We may even introduce a club skiing championship!
Further information is available on the AIRC website or you can contact our Topflight representative Maurice on 01 240 1700.
The process of deciding the AIRC’s annual awards, the Lancelots, begins each year at around this time. Changes have been made to some of the details of the selection process and you can read about them in full on the AIRC website.
Please contact Orla on 087 643 2458 if you have any ideas for nominations.