Francis and Vera have been working wonders for the last few days. Here are the the fruits of their labours — show jumping teams and running order and your dressage test times.
There was a lot of calendar planning at our recent club meeting — a well-attended and sociable gathering at Tir na nOg.
This Friday we go to Ramelton for a bowls evening with Cecil and Tanya. Two days later, one of the highlights of the coming quarter is undoubtedly the Audrey Jacob Northwest Team Challenge on Sunday, 24 April, in Eglinton.
Hot on its heels comes the start of training sessions for our 10th Anniversary Musical Ride. Valerie Craig will use all her craft and expertise to put order on the troops over a series of three Fridays in Harley’s arena, Trentagh (29 April, 6 and 13 May). The formal performance of the musical ride will take place on the beach in Rathmullan on Saturday 21 May at 11am.
Our annual camping trip to the seaside at Carrickfinn is scheduled for Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 May. Novenas and every other means of assistance are appreciated in the effort to secure good weather for the first time in a few years!
The RDS Team Qualifier takes place at Tubberbride, Sligo on Sunday 15 May. Maybe this will be the year when we finally make the journey to Dublin — wouldn’t it be wonderful! In the meantime, the qualifier itself is a great day out and all support will be greatly appreciated.
Ride-outs and lessons dot the riding club landscape and you can shortly get full details on the Calendar page of the website.
Sates for all the usual club shows are set in stone now and we have Inishowen Show on 22 May, the Beach Show a week later on 29 May, and our own Derby & Dressage Show on 26 June to look forward to. Add to this the 2-Phase Cross Country & Dressage League on Sundays 3 July (Gaeltachts), 7 August (Tirconaill) and 11 September (Letterkenny) and there really is no excuse for boredom for quite a while to come!
This time two weeks from now, let’s hope we still have two glorious cups safely locked in the Letterkenny trophy cabinet! Last year’s Challenge saw victory for both our dressage riders and our show jumpers. It’s a tall order to repeat the feat but let’s give it our best shot.
Contact Francis to let him know if you’re interested in riding on a show jumping team, and contact Vera if you’re up for riding on a dressage team.
The news flashes coming in throughout the day told the story of a fairytale outing to the Masters Series Finals in Mullingar on Sunday. What all began at the Northwest League at Templemore in January came to fruition on the AIRC’s national stage.
Well done Donegal. Well done neighbours. But most of all, well done to our very own Rachel, Dawn, Cormac, Shauna and, last but not least, the club whippersnapper, Emma. We are incredibly proud of your achievements.
Cold alright, but it was dry, sunny and very successful for Letterkenny at the third leg of the Northwest League at Templemore last Sunday. On a day when not only league points but also Masters Final qualification spots were at stake, our riders covered themselves in glory winning all three of the senior classes and mopping up with plenty of placings.
While the rest of the country battled torrential rain, for once this summer Donegal got off lightly. Conditions at Lenamore for the third and final leg of our 2-phase league were positively balmy in comparison to the weather at Killybegs last time.
Thanks to everybody who came out to compete and to help on the day. it’s been a great inter-club effort and a lot of fun. Congratulations to the winners. Thanks as always to Liz for her trojan work on the results.
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!
What a treat! Sunday was a rare summer’s day with air warm enough to entice the perfume from the fields of clover overlooking Gordon’s Bay at Liz and Ryan’s beautiful homeplace near Carrigart. The cross country course was immaculate, the springy turf of the dressage arena was perfect, and the event was prepared and organised to the highest international standard.
Thanks to Liz, Ryan and all the Donegal Gaeltachts for a truly wonderful day out. Congratulations to all our members who took part but particularly to Vera, Stephanie and Tanya for taking all before them in the three dressage grades in which Letterkenny was represented.
Results and league placings kindly provided in the usual punctual fashion by Liz. More photos in the Gallery.
Pictured below: Riding club summer in Donegal.