There are just three weeks to go until the first leg of our Autumn Northwest League, this year with four legs of competition. The first phase takes place on Sunday 19 October and the venue, as always, is Templemore. The format each days is familiar with training rounds interspersed with competitive classes.
Remember that the league provides an ideal opportunity for beginners and novices to test the competitive waters in a hugely supportive and encouraging environment. Some of our current high flyers started their illustrious careers at the Northwest League!
NW Autumn League 2014
This year’s regional training day has been organised with accustomed proficiency by the McCrossan sisters and takes place at Dirraw Farm near Ballymoney on Sunday 27 July. It offers an unbeatable line-up of instructors with Charles Maudlin, Gary Marshall and Mandy King booked for the day. Participants may take two lessons in total in one or two of the three normal disciplines — dressage, show jumping and cross country. The cost for the day will be €30 and full details will follow in due course.
The next meeting of the Donegal clubs takes place on Tuesday this week at Tir na nOg. Topics to cover include the regional dressage qualifier, training day and other summer events.
Everybody is welcome to attend. If you can’t attend but would like an issue addressed, contact Cormac or Libby in advance of the meeting.
No time for a full report just now but a very, very big thank you to everybody who contributed to making yesterday’s Northwest Team Dressage & Show Jumping Challenge the fun, sporting, club-spirited event that it’s intended to be. Very well done to the Geltachts on two magnificent victories. Enjoy the cups while you have them, the rest of us will be snapping at your heels within weeks.
Dressage times for Sunday are now published. Please make sure that you are ready in good time to ride your test punctually. This year the Dressage Challenge takes place indoors in the warm-up arena. It’s a great opportunity to ride your test in excellent conditions without the worry of Eglinton’s usual palette of distractions. Let’s take the timetable seriously and make everything work smoothly for those who have put a lot of effort into the organisation.
NW Team Challenge 2014 | Dressage Times
And the teams competing for the honour of their clubs are as follows:
NW Challenge 2014 Show Jumping Teams
NW Challenge 2014 Dressage Teams
Dressage times will follow shortly and the draw for the running order of show jumping teams will be made today.
Just so that everybody can start focusing on the future again, here’s the schedule for our much-loved Northwest Team Challenge which takes place at Eglinton on Sunday 27 April.
NW Team Challenge 2014_Schedule
Please contact Francis (show jumping chef d’equipe) and Vera (dressage chef d’equipe), if you hope to participate. We have our dressage silverware to defend and need a full club effort to get our black-and-amber paws back on that precious show jumping cup.
A very big thanks to Liz Potter for her excellent work on the points table over the course of the league. Here are the fruits of her labour:
NWL 2014 Results | Week 4 Final
NWL 2014 Points Table | Week4 Final
And a massive thanks to Sally for turning up with her both her still camera and video camera on the day. Her collection of stills can be viewed in the Gallery. Videos to follow once the 25th hour in the day is invented.
Our next Donegal Clubs meeting takes place on Thursday this week, not on Tuesday as originally planned. Everybody is welcome at Tir na nOg.
Subject to the suitability of the date for our neighbouring clubs, the next meeting of the Donegal clubs will take place at Tir na nOg on Tuesday 11 March. Subjects covered will include the final of the league, upcoming events such as the Team Dressage & Show Jumping Challenge, regional qualifiers, etc.
All members are welcome to attend. If you can’t attend but would like a matter raised, contact Cormac or Libby in advance.