Category Archives: Cross Country

Tir Conail champions as curtain comes down on 2-phase

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.

Calendar in a nutshell

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!

Winners decided on a fine day at Lenamore

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.

Dressage- 3rd Leg
Cross Country – 3rd Leg
Dressage Points Table- FINAL PLACINGS
Cross Country Points Table- FINAL PLACINGS
Combined Results- FINAL

Entries and start times for Dressage & XC League

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

Everything you need to know for XC & Dressage in Carrigart this Sunday, 5 July

Liz has left no stone unturned in her masterful preparations for Sunday’s first leg of the league. Here are your start times, a map, your volunteer information, and lots more. Looking forward to a great day!

Driving Directions Carrigart
Dressage Start Times -Carrigart
XC Start times- Carrigart
XC Map Carrigart-5th July
Volunteer Rota Carrigart
Fence List Carrigart

Summer XC & Dressage 2-Phase League just around the corner

Our inter-club summer league promises to add a whole new dimension to riding club life over the next few months and the first leg is only just around the corner on Sunday 5 July. The event is pre-entry only and you must enter for the first leg by Monday 29 June.

It’s not mandatory to do both disciplines – can do either or both and H/C entries are also accepted if you wish to ride below your grade. Dressage will start at 11am with XC following at 12 noon, starting with the highest grade in XC and working downwards to lower grades.


Cross country schooling at Peter Mulrine’s, Friday 10 April

It’s all systems go for our XC schooling expedition to Peter Mulrine’s ground in Stranorlar this coming Friday! With 14 members planning to make the trip to Flowerhill in two weeks’ time, this is a great opportunity to prepare.

Book with Anne, if you plan to go along.

Gaeltacht invitation for Dirraw Farm excursion, Sunday 28 September

Rosaleen of the Gaeltachts is organising a trip to Dirraw Farm, scene of both our Team Chase victory and a wonderful training day already this year. The expedition is planned for the final Sunday in September.

If you’d like to avail of this opportunity for a school over a wonderful course, contact Rosaleen as quickly as possible so that she can finalise plans. Cost will be somewhere around ST£12-15 per person, depending on numbers.

Cross country evening at Lenamore, Friday 1 August

It’s always a treat to get out on a cross country course and tomorrow’s opportunity to try out Lenamore’s new fences shouldn’t be missed. The go-as-you-please evening kicks off at 7pm and is suitable for riders of all grades — even those who don’t fancy jumping but just enjoy a spin around the fields.

Contact Cormac on 087 251 4417 by Thursday to book.

Further details on Friday evening at Marina & Enda’s

Just in case any of our non-jumping members were writing off Friday evening as a no-go area, rest assured that Marina and Enda are designing the activities to suit just about everybody. For those who do want to jump, there’ll be a go-as-you-please session to start, with jumping and open country riding through five big generous fields. Non-jumpers can just enjoy the scope of the fields.

Following that, when the excess gas has been released from the horses, we’ll enjoy a games session with various obstacles and puzzles to be undertaken by mixed teams, designed to accommodate the full range of non-jumping or novice riders as well as fat and unfit horses.

We’re expecting company from the Gaeltachts and Inishowen so it should be a great evening at the height of midsummer with a wonderful weather forecast. Refreshments after our exertions will crown a lovely expedition.

Contact Marina for further details and to let her know, if you plan to participate.