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.
The news flashes coming in throughout the day told the story of a fairytale outing to the Masters Series Finals in Mullingar on Sunday. What all began at the Northwest League at Templemore in January came to fruition on the AIRC’s national stage.
Well done Donegal. Well done neighbours. But most of all, well done to our very own Rachel, Dawn, Cormac, Shauna and, last but not least, the club whippersnapper, Emma. We are incredibly proud of your achievements.
Cold alright, but it was dry, sunny and very successful for Letterkenny at the third leg of the Northwest League at Templemore last Sunday. On a day when not only league points but also Masters Final qualification spots were at stake, our riders covered themselves in glory winning all three of the senior classes and mopping up with plenty of placings.
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)
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.
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:
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.