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.
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.
NW Team Challenge 2016 Schedule
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.
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
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
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
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.
Congratulations to our heroines – Nadine, Tanya, Vera and Louise – who have qualified for the Team Championship at the AIRC National Dressage Championships in August for the second year on the trot (your choice of collected, working or extended). At a chilly Inishowen show at Lenamore on Sunday they once again showed that we are more than capable of holding our own in the dressage arena.
Well done to everybody else who competed on the day and won or placed in their classes. All photos greatly appreciated.
It’s nearly time for our annual big day out at Hillsborough Farm, competing on grass as the summer gets into full swing. Our show follows the same format as in previous years. We have a new dressage judge, just to keep everybody on their toes, with Jackie replacing Petra in the hot seat.
Letterkenny Derby & Dressage Show | 2015
We’ll be building the course on Friday 12 June and everybody is asked to come out and lend a hand. Many hands really do make light work. Please also make sure that you contribute as much to the jumps collection as possible, and particularly to the dressing department. It’s quite amazing how plants, brush and some well chosen props can transform the course into something we can really be proud of.
Pictured below: Tanya, Nadine and Paddy competing at last year’s renewal.
Lenamore is the venue for Inishowen’s annual spring show next Sunday, 24 May. This year the show hosts the regional dressage qualifier and you should contact Tanya on 086 100 2972, if you’re interested in riding on a team.