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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
Hot competition for dressage silverware too! Here are the teams and test times. Please adhere to the times strictly to ensure that the day runs smoothly!