If you have any interest in riding on our wonderful beaches, don’t miss Rachel’s expert guide on the East Donegal Pony Club’s website.
Following up on his suggestion at our AGM in December, Damien has compiled a very helpful guide for anybody who’s organising a show. All club members should take a look at it and have a grasp of how things work. The show organiser will look after the three key bookings that need to be made well in advance: venue, judge and course builder.
Guide to Organising a Show_2013
We’re all pretty familiar with the standard selection of club gear — sweatshirts, jackets, numnahs, car stickers — but you might like to have the club crest embroidered onto some of your own personal clothing or tack.
Jenny will be collecting such gear at this Sunday’s North West League show at Templemore (or if you can’t spot Jenny, the depot will be the boot of Cormac’s car). The items must be in club colours — black, amber/yellow, or white — and you must identify each piece clearly with your name on a sticker or tag.
The cost for the embroidery will be covered by club funds so make the most of the opportunity.
Seirendipity Equine, producers of bespoke pieces of jewellry handcrafted from horse hair, are offering a special discount of 20% for all riding club members. Prices start at €85 for these individually crafted pieces, hand made in Donegal using the finest silver or 9ct gold.
To avail of the offer and for further details, visit Facebook and contact 087 224 9998 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hard to believe but true — Donegal now has five AIRC clubs with Rosann and Inishowen officially on the board. We look forward to seeing them in action at the North West League. Rosann will be sporting navy colours with Inishowen togging out in navy and light blue.
Congratulations clubs on getting up and going. We look forward to many years of friendship, sporting competition and camaraderie.
Members who have paid their subscriptions for the year but haven’t yet received their 2013 AIRC cards can pick them up at the entries desk at the North West League next Sunday, 10 February. Alternatively, contact Cormac and arrange to pick them up from him directly.
Club activities have wound down for 2012 and all that now remains to do is eat and drink lots while your horses are comfortable in their quarters. As you slide quietly into the lazy season, remember to renew your membership for the coming year. Subscriptions remain the same as in 2012 (€100 for riding members and €40 for non-riding members).
Renewals should be sent directly to Francis, our Treasurer (Francis McNicholl, Craig na gCor, Anney, Kerrykeel, County Donegal). New membership applications should be sent to our Secretary, Cormac. See the “Join Us” section of the site for full details and a membership form.
John and Sharon, whose Equi-Wash and Equi-Tack enterprises have proved a wonderful success in 2012, are very proud to open the doors of their new tack shop, Equestrian Boutique. They have an impressive inventory offering everything for horse and rider. Needless to say, it’s a great place to pick up Christmas presents for horsey-minded friends and family members.
Call in at any time — the door will always be open for you.
The very best of luck to John and Sharon. It’s an ambitious undertaking and deserves all the support we can give it.
Remember, if you’re interested in the idea of promoting more inter-club activity amongst the three Donegal clubs (and the good news is that we may have a fourth in the next little while), come along to tonight’s inter-club meeting at 8pm in Tir na nOg.
As most of you are aware, we’re currently affiliated with the AIRC West region – a geographical area that stretches from the tip of Donegal to the bottom of Clare. Not surprisingly, it’s difficult to get to a lot of regional events when they take place three-quarters of a country away!
Tonight the three clubs will discuss possibilities for additional collaborative events such as an autumn show jumping league and a Donegal annual dinner dance and awards. We’ll also talk about the composition of the AIRC’s regions and the potential for improving things in the future. Everybody welcome.