Cross country hack with Marina, Sunday 29 September

With plans for Friday night’s jumping lesson in limbo, Marina has grabbed the opportunity of a free weekend to plan a cross country hack from her home in St Johnston. She’ll lead the run over her own land and across the road to the large stubble fields that are a feature of the hunt meetContinue reading “Cross country hack with Marina, Sunday 29 September”

Quick update and dates for your diary

Our derby training day at Marina and Enda’s next weekend has been postponed on account of clashes with several other equestrian events. A new date will be worked out shortly. Mary Finneran is organising a charity ride-out from Hillsborough Farm on Sunday 6 October. Funds will go to children’s cancer care unit who have cared soContinue reading “Quick update and dates for your diary”

“Best tenner I’ve spent all year”

That was Paddy’s verdict as he came in off the cross country course at Lenamore on Friday evening last. And there’s no need to ask what Lizzie’s opinion was — she’s one of the greatest cross country enthusiasts in the club. Hazel discovered that Sapphire is another grey with an appetite for green fields andContinue reading ““Best tenner I’ve spent all year””

Looking forward to our cross country evening at Lenamore

The horses are staying at home this Friday evening but they’ll be working for their feed in a week’s time at Lenamore. Cormac has organised a Go As You Please over the cross country course and it offers a nice easy-going opportunity for some schooling. The ground should be perfect given the forecast combination ofContinue reading “Looking forward to our cross country evening at Lenamore”

Gloomy Midsummer brightened by freedom of the fields

Our 2012 trip to the Jacobs homestead began in torrential rain which cleared miraculously before our horses were unloaded. Twelve months later the weather was working the opposite way round and Audrey issued a missive at 6pm: “Hi everybody. Just load up and come on before the rain gets here!” Nadine, Damien, Paddy, Libby, Francis, Maura,Continue reading “Gloomy Midsummer brightened by freedom of the fields”

Pre-Derby practice and lots more, Castleshanaghan, Friday

Trips to Audrey and Tanya’s homeplace at Castleshanaghan are amongst the jewels in the riding club calendar. Cecil’s immaculate fields make the perfect play ground for summertime riding. The horses love it and the riders do too. This year, with the Derby & Dressage Show just a week away, our hosts are going to conjureContinue reading “Pre-Derby practice and lots more, Castleshanaghan, Friday”

Everybody safely back at base after a great trip to Gurteen

No ribbons but otherwise all reports of the National Hunter Trials indicate that the event was a big success. Enda and Pauric had a great clear round in the Advanced Primary Pairs but their time prevented them from making the placings. The optimum time for AIRC hunter trials will have us all scratching our headsContinue reading “Everybody safely back at base after a great trip to Gurteen”

Good luck at Gurteen

It’s the middle of April. Club members are this morning packing the last remnants of tack, clothing and provisions as they ready themselves for the road to Gurteen. The sat-navs need a slight readjustment after six years of pointing steadfastly towards Flowerhill but otherwise little is different in 2013. Damien, Francis, Enda, Anne, Keary, Pauric,Continue reading “Good luck at Gurteen”

Pre-Gurteen cross country schooling at Gabriel’s, Thursday 4 April

Our annual pre-National Hunter Trials schooling trip to Gabriel McCole’s farm has been organised for tomorrow evening, Thursday 4 April. Hallelujah for dry weather! As always, places are limited because parking is scarce and we want to be kind to the ground. Preference will be given to those planning on going to Gurteen. Others canContinue reading “Pre-Gurteen cross country schooling at Gabriel’s, Thursday 4 April”