Category Archives: Donegal Clubs Collaboration

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.

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Northwest League edges past the half-way mark

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.

Congratulations everybody.

NWL Spring 2016 | Week 3 Points Table
NWL Spring 2016 | Week 3 Results

14-day countdown to first leg of 2016 Northwest League

Hardly have we finished wishing each other a Happy New Year and it’s already time to start training for the Northwest League. No rest for the wicked!

Kelda is giving a jumping lesson at Templemore on Tuesday night, 12 January, and you can book in with her on 086 834 9406 if you want to go along.

Before that, there’s unmounted preparation for the league in the form of a Donegal Clubs meeting on Monday 11 January in Tir na nOg. All welcome.

And, last but not least, the league runs in its familiar 5-leg Spring format on the following dates:

Sunday 24 January
Sundays 7/14/28 February
Sunday 6 March (Final)

Dates for Autumn League and Dinner Dance

As always, the clubs take it in turn to run the legs of the Northwest League. This time Letterkenny is in charge of the first leg this coming weekend so we need to be tuned in to things early. Dates for this year’s edition of the much-loved league are as follows:

Sundays 4 and 18 October
Sundays 1 and 8 November (final)

Prizes will be awarded at our annual inter-club dinner dance which takes place this year on Saturday 28 November.

Great summer schedule developed at inter-club meeting

Enda reports good progress from Monday evening’s inter-club meeting at Tir na nOg. It certainly sets up a lovely series of summer events for the calendar.

Plans have been set in motion for our first inter club cross country and dressage league. Provisional dates have been circled in the calendar and host venues identified. If all goes according to plan the first leg will be on Sunday 5 July around Liz and Ryan’s coastal course outside Carrigart. Next up will be a run to Charlie and Mona’s course outside Killybegs on Sunday 23 August and the last leg takes place at Lenamore on Sunday 13 September, organised by Letterkenny and Inishowen Riding Clubs. The complete schedules with the finer detail around dressage tests, cost and entry dates will follow later.

The four clubs have also agreed to pull resources to purchase timing equipment which should ease the pressure on those who have been called upon in the past to provide the clock and sensors.

Finally the Audrey Jacob Team Challenge was heralded as a great success by all the clubs on the night so take a bow all those who helped organise the event.

Inter-club meeting tonight, Monday 11 May

It’s tough to keep tabs on everything that’s going on so apologies for the late notice of an inter-club meeting this evening. Usual venue, Tir na nOg, 8pm. Agenda topics include the status of our sub-region with regards to qualifiers etc, and the planned summer cross country and dressage league.

World’s shortest report on the Northwest League Final

Well done everybody on a memorable final leg of the NW Spring League. Particular congratulations to Enda on bagging the Advanced Primary title on the last day. Heartfelt commiserations to Cliff who struggled in his sickbed as his potential title floated across the club border to Inishowen. Equally heartfelt sympathy to Damien who stumbled at the last hurdle after a cracking campaign on Armstrong only to lose his grip on the red rosette in the dying moments of the league. At the end of the day we could hardly have anticipated such a democratic result with each club winning a class.

NWL Spring 2015 | Show 5 Results
NWL Spring 2015 | Final Points Table
NWL Spring 2015 | Final League Placings

Thanks to everybody who contributed in any way to making the Northwest Spring League once again a memorable inter-club highlight.

Northwest Clubs meeting, Monday 9 March

Tonight, Monday, sees a further gathering of the clubs in the area as we tighten up the plans for the NWL final and catch up on other business for our sub-region. Everybody is welcome. Usual time, ***8pm***, and place, Tir na nOg.

Another enjoyable day at Templemore for Show 2 of NWL

Despite losing a number of the usual suspects to the first hunt of the season, the Noorthwest League’s second show wasn’t short of competitors or quality performances. It was a good day for Letterkenny with the Hamilton/McClafferty contingent producing wins for the club at Advanced Primary and Advanced Intermediate level.

2014 Autumn NWL | Points Show 2
2014 Autumn NWL | Results Show 2

There’s a break now before the league continues on Sunday 9 November. The competition will be hotting up at that stage and a great day’s enjoyment is guaranteed.

A Friday night drenching and the NWL bookend a varied weekend

There are evenings where it just sounds worse outside than it really is and others where reality greatly exceeds expectations. Friday was one of the latter and there were four drenched riders, four saturated horses and four soggy sets of tack by the time Tracy’s jumping lesson at Cyril’s was brought to an abrupt halt when the arena lights went out. Notwithstanding all the moisture, it was a very good lesson and undoubtedly set Paddy, Cliff and Tanya up nicely for the first leg of the Northwest Autumn League on Sunday.

There was an air of comfortable and sociable familiarity at Templemore as members from the four clubs caught up with each other after the quiet season. The competition was good and the points were widely spread. Marina was out with her lovely big grey horse while Enda took control on Jenny. Cliff Hayley made his competitive debut for the club on Shadow, cheerfully undeterred after their Friday night soaking. Paddy was out on his youngster and Rachel was back on the riding club scene with Merlin after an absence of nine months. And Louise, having cajoled and caressed her jeep for weeks, was out on her very own Tutu.

Thanks to Liz Potter for sending through the results and points so quickly. The second leg of the league takes place next Sunday, again at Templemore.

2014 Autumn NWL | Results Show 1
2014 Autumn NWL | Points Show 1

Pictured below: Familiar scenes at Templemore.

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