Category Archives: North West League

14-day countdown to first leg of 2016 Northwest League

Hardly have we finished wishing each other a Happy New Year and it’s already time to start training for the Northwest League. No rest for the wicked!

Kelda is giving a jumping lesson at Templemore on Tuesday night, 12 January, and you can book in with her on 086 834 9406 if you want to go along.

Before that, there’s unmounted preparation for the league in the form of a Donegal Clubs meeting on Monday 11 January in Tir na nOg. All welcome.

And, last but not least, the league runs in its familiar 5-leg Spring format on the following dates:

Sunday 24 January
Sundays 7/14/28 February
Sunday 6 March (Final)

Results from second leg of Northwest Autumn League

Despite stiff competition from all sorts of other sporting events, riding club members turned out in numbers to enjoy the second leg of the NW Autumn League last Sunday at Templemore. Well done to all our competitors and congratulations to those who one or placed.

Autumn League 2015 – Points table (1)
Autumn League 2015- week 2

Northwest Autumn League off to a flying start

Despite numerous other sporting distractions, the Autumn league got off to a great start yesterday with an excellent turnout and good performances. There’s definitely evidence of rust around the edges in a lot of departments but that’s understandable after the summer season!

Well done to everybody who turned out to compete and to help. The day went smoothly with many hands making lights work. Congratulations to Louise and Anne on their good wins at Primary and Advanced Intermediate respectively. Well done to Cliff on his 80cm debut! And it was nice to see one of our new members, Miriam Sweeney, out enjoying herself in the Primary division.

Thanks as always to Liz for the excellent points and results service. Here’s how things stand after the first of four legs:

Autumn League 2015 – Points table
Autumn League 2015 – week 1

World’s shortest report on the Northwest League Final

Well done everybody on a memorable final leg of the NW Spring League. Particular congratulations to Enda on bagging the Advanced Primary title on the last day. Heartfelt commiserations to Cliff who struggled in his sickbed as his potential title floated across the club border to Inishowen. Equally heartfelt sympathy to Damien who stumbled at the last hurdle after a cracking campaign on Armstrong only to lose his grip on the red rosette in the dying moments of the league. At the end of the day we could hardly have anticipated such a democratic result with each club winning a class.

NWL Spring 2015 | Show 5 Results
NWL Spring 2015 | Final Points Table
NWL Spring 2015 | Final League Placings

Thanks to everybody who contributed in any way to making the Northwest Spring League once again a memorable inter-club highlight.

Northwest Clubs meeting, Monday 9 March

Tonight, Monday, sees a further gathering of the clubs in the area as we tighten up the plans for the NWL final and catch up on other business for our sub-region. Everybody is welcome. Usual time, ***8pm***, and place, Tir na nOg.

All eyes on ever-consistent Damien, Enda and Cliff as we hurtle towards the NWL final

Liz Potter’s deft management of the points table and results contribute greatly to the excitement and momentum of the Northwest League. After two more legs of the competition, admirably consistent performances from Damien, Enda and Cliff cast a very rosy tint on the club’s prospects as we count down the 14 days to the final.

For the third time in three attempts, Cliff yesterday bagged 7 points in the primary division leaving him perched at the top of the leader board. But the consistency of his competitors mean that he has to maintain that level of success to guarantee him an overall win in the league. Fingers crossed, Cliff!

In the Advanced Intermediate class, Damien’s equally consistent efforts with Armstrong leave him in a comfortable but certainly not unassailable position. With any little bit of luck at all, things are looking good, but show jumping is show jumping! Marina and Anne stand ready to defend the club’s honour should anything go awry.

At Advanced Primary level Enda has a fight on his hands as he attempts to overcome Liz Potter’s marginal advantage. This is the tightest class on the schedule and the final promises to be nail biting.

With Anne now competing in the Advanced Intermediate league, our competitive edge at Intermediate level has been considerably blunted. Rosaleen McGinley is streets ahead of the competition and looks home and hosed but there’s going to be a good scrap for the minor placings between a disparate group of contenders.

Well done everybody on your performances over the last two weeks. Here’s looking forward to the final!

NWL Spring 2015 Points | Show 4
NWL Spring 2015 Results | Show 4
NWL Spring 2015 Results | Show 3

How things stand after Round 2 of Northwest League

Liz Potter is as quick out of the blocks as ever with her first class results service. Here’s the picture after yesterday’s second leg of the Northwest Spring League. Everything is still to play for.

Congratulations to everybody who participated, particularly the winners. Well done Hillary on a wonderful victory for Letterkenny in the Advanced Primary class. All that schooling on the hunting field is paying handsome dividends!

NWL Spring 2015 Points | Show 2
NWL Spring 2015 Results | Show 2

Tús maith, leath na hoibre: Now for Round 2 of the Northwest League

See, it’s not just the Gaeltachts that can trot out the cúpla focal. Now, having exhausted the Irish language resources of this website editor, we’ll continue in English. It’s time to build on a great start to the Northwest League and reach greater heights this coming Sunday at the second leg.

We had a marvelous day at the season-opening show with a multitude of admirable performances. With Tutu under the weather, Louise was very unlucky to miss competing but Cliff came up trumps for the club with a masterful victory on Shyla. For a mare that can try a man’s patience, she cooperated when it really mattered and the partnership gave a lovely display at Primary level having warmed up over the Welcome Stakes course.

Competition was tough at Advanced Primary level with a remarkable degree accuracy with the optimum time from several riders. It was Kirsten Rice from Tirconaill who inched closest to the elusive target to take first place, with Enda and Liz snapping at her heels in second and fourth spots respectively.

Both Intermediate and Advanced Intermediate classes produced cracking jump-offs and the level of competition in both was high. Leo rode a blinder to win the Intermediate division on ever-cool Cool while Fenway took a leaf out of his smaller club-mate’s book and jumped with gusto to land his first ever league points in third spot for Libby. Keary, in a new and imposing partnership with Millie, took fourth while new member Shauna Boyle landed in fifth. Tanya and Al delivered a textbook clear round of jumping with a single time fault to put them in sixth in a class dominated by Letterkenny.

The Advanced Intermediate class has developed into a truly competitive challenge. Gone are the days when three or four riders took polite turns at claiming top points. This time there was a four-way jump-off with Damien just missing out on making it five with an unlucky last fence pole-roll from little wonder-horse Armstrong. Marina and Jenny gave it a good go and finished in second place but it was Anne, competing for the first time ever at this level, who showed everybody how it should be done. How lovely to see how Anne has risen up the grades, putting in a lot of hard work along the way. And how rewarding for her to have bred and brought on Star to compete so successfully in the show jumping ring. A very big pat on the back to our club Secretary.

Congratulations to everybody who competed. A very big thanks to everyone for helping out on the day and for making sure the show ran smoothly under Letterkenny’s stewardship. Let’s see if we can keep up the performance this Sunday at Templemore.

NWL Spring 2015 Results | Show 1
NWL Spring 2015 Points | Show 1

Flatwork and jumping promise an active weekend

Competition season begins on Sunday with the first leg of the Northwest Spring League at Templemore. This Friday evening however introduces a new name to the club, Ronan McLaughlin. Well known as a competitive show jumper and proprietor of a riding school in Malin, Ronan will take the instructor’s seat for our flatwork lesson at Glenleary where he now operates his second base. Lisa is organising the session and the lessons begin at 7pm.

On Sunday we run the show! Cormac has put together the following rota for jobs, with two teams scheduled in each department to cover the full day while allowing everybody to compete. Helping on the day is very important but there’s no point in running the event if we don’t have members on horses participating!

Team 1 is in action during Crosspoles, Primary and Advanced Primary classes.
Team 2 cover Intermediate, Advanced Intermediate and Open.

Entries  Hazel, Anne, Maura, Marina
Safety  Team 1:  Francis  /  Team 2: Jenny
Call-up & Warm-Up Arena 
Team 1:  Christopher, Denis, Keary, Rachel
Team 2:  Suzanne Deeney, Fiona Haley, Liz
Arena Party  Team 1:  Leo, Libby  /  Team 2: Louise, Pauric
Judges Box  Team 1:  Lisa, Cormac  /  Team 2:  Enda, Patricia Warren

January sees club life rekindled

Our riding club years have a comfortably familiar pattern. We recover slowly from the break over Christmas and New Year (bravely interrupted this time by Inishowen’s show) and gradually start setting the mounted wheels in motion to get us to the first big day of the season, the first leg of the NWL on Sunday 8 February. Lessons with Kelda on Friday nights are a pleasant re-introduction to the notion of coloured poles and will also familiarise you and your horse with the arena at Templemore. Book with Anne, if you’d like to join in.

But there’s a whole world of equestrian activity to be enjoyed beyond the Northwest League. To help map it out, make sure you attend the club meeting this Thursday at Tir na nOg where everybody’s ideas and plans for the coming few months will be welcomed. You can use the opportunity to pay your 2015 membership dues, if you haven’t already done so.

Our unmounted activities kick off on Friday 30 January with our annual bowling evening and dinner at Arena 7. Let Marina know as soon as possible if you plan to go along.

On a very sad note, the club extends its deepest sympathies to Christopher who lost his father last week when he passed away suddenly. Our thoughts are with you, Christopher.