At €5 a head for as many rounds as you care to jump, this Sunday’s training show at Lenamore is great value for anybody who feels like a few coloured poles. It’s a non-riding club event so bring your children, spouse and grandparents. Contact Cormac for further details.
The club has recently received information about Amateur Eventing Classes at Eventing Ireland events. The Amateur classes are suitable for riding club members of Intermediate standard and higher. The three classes are:
Amateur EI90 – suitable for Intermediate Riders
Amateur EI100 – suitable for Advanced Intermediate Riders
Amateur 1 Star – suitable for Open and Advanced Open Riders
You do not have to be a member of Eventing Ireland to compete — you can simply purchase a day-ticket. Full information in the Eventing Ireland flyer: Amateur Eventing
We’re not the only club to kick back into action as January progresses. There’s quite a lot going on out there and it’s worth checking out what neighbours are up to in case anybody wants to join in the fun.
First out of the blocks was definitely Orla with Donegal Trec. Following a groundbreaking 2013 this very active organisation, an affiliate of Trec Ireland, has a hectic calendar of events lined up. You can find all the details on the Donegal Trec website.
Several of our members are keen Working Hunter riders and their stomping ground tends to be in the North. All roads in this discipline lead to the Northern Ireland Festival in Cavan Equestrian Centre at the end of April. Check the list of qualifiers and find out more about the championship weekend on the Northern Ireland Festival website.
Hunter trials and hunt chases are few and far between and again, the richest pickings are to be found in Northern Ireland. Marina has spotted a great looking Team Hunt Chase at Dirraw Farm (near Ballymoney) on Saturday 29 March. Although it comes very close to Flowerhill it would make a great schooling experience for anybody who’s looking for some miles on the clock. Marina is keen to get a team together (four people per team, all riding the course at once). Contact her if you’d like to join in.
Meanwhile, with two hunts now in the county, there’s plenty of actual hunting going on this season also. The long-standing Donegal Harriers are a membership hunt but welcome visitors by arrangement. The newly-formed Donegal Tyrone Farmers Hunt meets on Saturdays and charges just a cap per day.
And if there’s anything else going on, just holler!
Cormac is never one to shy away from a challenge but he’s put his foot down at the prospect of hurling himself out the door of a plane. Notwithstanding this display of sanity, he’s undertaking to do some promotion for the St Vincent de Paul’s planned Charity Parachute Jump.
What he most wants is a volunteer to jump! There’ll be ten jumpers in total and each will need to raise a certain amount of money for the SVP, but there’ll be assistance with that end of things. There’ll be training beforehand and the parachute jump will almost certainly take place at Carrickfinn.
While most of the recent competitive focus has been on show jumping, one of our non-jumping members has been ploughing her own furrow at the dressage league at Deanes. And with great success! Congratulations, Vera, on winning your class at the weekend and finishing top of the league in your division. That’s a great achievement.
Anybody who hasn’t yet seen the photos of the recent fundraising ride-out from Hillsborough Farm will enjoy the collection posted on the Glenleary website. The shots were taken by Gillian and Annette and capture better than any words the beauty and spirit of the day. Well done everybody and thank you for a memorable afternoon.
Several of our members benefitted from Kelda’s tuition at Templemore earlier in the year. She is now restarting her Tuesday night fixture and you should contact her on 086 834 9406, if you’re interested in joining in. This is not a riding club session so is open to all ages.