Category Archives: Team Show Jumping Championship

Tynagh qualify for the RDS on a dusty day in Claremorris

22 teams turned out on a sunny, breezy and very dusty Sunday to try their luck at winning the region’s coveted place at the RDS in August. Tynagh Riding Club were victorious when their team captain produced a clear round to pip Round Tower in a two-way jump off after both teams finished on a zero score.

Hanley’s equestrian centre in Claremorris was a super venue for the biggest event in our region. With stabling available, the majority of the Letterkenny contingent travelled to Mayo on Saturday and enjoyed a good evening’s craic in one of the local watering holes. But the upbeat atmosphere received a serious dent on Sunday morning when Nadine found Molly lame in her stable at breakfast time. Immediately ruling her out of the competition, Nadine set about finding a vet to make the mare comfortable while heads were put together to find the best substitute for the anchor combination on the Finn team. Francis volunteered Zak’s services and Damien stepped into the breach to take the ride and sign up for a hectic day as a rider on all three teams.

The spacious, poplar-lined competition arena was covered in sunlight throughout the day and the course provided a fitting challenge for such a competitive event. The proceedings began with a parade of teams which gave Damien a taste of the day come. He popped up like a jack-in-the-box on each of our teams and Millie had plenty of opportunity to familiarise herself with the environment.

It was a day of mixed luck for our riders and by the end of Round One it was the Lennon team of Erica, Francis, Damien and Geraldine that kept a clean slate and carried our hopes into the second half of the competition. The Donegal Gaeltacht team were another of the six teams still in serious contention on a zero score.

The second round of jumping brought a high toll of scattered poles and planks and the number of clear rounds dwindled significantly. By the end of the day just two clubs finished on a zero score and they jumped-off to decide who travelled straight to Ballsbridge and who took a diversion by Stradbally for the wild card qualifier at the festival.

As the convoy of trailers and lorries headed for Donegal, they were passed by a solitary club member travelling in the opposite direction. Francis had lost his car key somewhere in the acres of dust and sand of the extensive venue and it was Maura who saved the day by heroically driving the long road to Claremorris with the spare.

We may have to wait another year but we’ll look forward to the 2012 qualifier with passion and enthusiasm. 2011 gave us a wonderful day out in a lovely venue amongst good friends. Well done everybody. A big thank you to Audrey, Leo, Geraldine, Tanya and Keary who fulfilled the club’s volunteer duties at the event and to all our riders and foot followers who were there to grab the reins or put up a practice jump at every moment of the long day.

Pictured below: Letterkenny’s Finn, Swilly and Lennon teams join 19 others for the opening parade. More pictures in the Gallery and also lots on the Gaeltacht’s site.


It’s all systems go: Schedule for Team Show Jumping qualifier published

Twelve sets of nails will gradually be bitten down to the quick…
No matter how much we plan to participate just for the fun of it, there’s something nerve wracking about the appearance of the schedule for Sunday:

2011 TSJC Regional Qualifier Programme

We have plenty of interest throughout the day with our teams competing in 2nd, 12th and 21st place. There are a total of 22 teams, representing 10 clubs in the region. It’s not easy to field a team, as we found in our earlier years. Our neighbours Tirconaill aren’t represented because they’re just short of the number of Advanced Intermediate or above members needed to make up the correct combination of 90cm and 1m jumpers. Hopefully we’ll see them on the schedule next year.

Benbulben dominates the competition with six teams entered while Dalysgrove, Corrib, Castlecarraig, Tynagh and Springmount all field two a-piece. Then there are the clubs with a single representative team. Take a close look at those ones — the Donegal Gaeltacht’s team is one of them and it looks like the ace in the pack!

Club fields three teams for TSJC qualifier

Team selection is complete! Even though each club is provisionally allowed enter just two teams, our third team has been accepted because not all clubs took up their two options. This is how the teams shape up:

Finn  Nadine, Marina, Anne, Tommy
Swilly  Tanya, Damien (on Millie), Libby, Cormac
Lennon  Geraldine, Damien (on Armstrong), Francis, Erica

The qualifier takes place on Sunday 1 May in Claremorris. Training with Kelda continues this evening, Thursday, at Cyril’s arena in Milford.

Crunch time for TSJC team selection looms

Entries for the Team Show Jumping Championship qualifier close next Thursday, 21 April. It’s now time to nail your colours to the mast and let Orla know definitively whether you want to be considered for selection. Also, if you plan to participate, make sure your horse is registered with AIRC HQ before the closing date.

Contact Orla on 087 643 2458 to confirm that you want your name in the mix.

Pictured below: Damien, Nadine and Marina in action at last year’s qualifiers.

Team show jumping training begins at Templemore

With the team show show jumping qualifier now just four weeks away, extra training sessions for those interested in being selected begin this Tuesday with Kelda in Templemore. Next week’s session will also be in Templemore while the remaining two are most likely to take place at Cyril’s arena in Milford.

Please let Orla know on 087 643 2458 if you plan to attend.

Venue confirmed for Team Show Jumping Championship (TSJC) regional qualifier

Last night’s regional meeting involved discussion of venues and dates for several key events in the upcoming competition season. Most are yet to be confirmed but one critical event is already set in stone. The Team Show Jumping Championship (TSJC) qualifier will be held on Sunday 1 May in Claremorris. Unfortunately last year’s excellent venue in Tubberbride has (understandably enough) been deemed to be too tight for parking.

Orla will shortly be calling a club meeting at which the TSJC will be a major topic for discussion, together with setting the general calendar of events for a further three or four months.

About the TSJC competition

The TSJC is the AIRC’s annual team show jumping championship. The final is held at the Dublin Horse Show in August. The competition is run in Nations Cup format and is open to Intermediate riders and above. Two team members jump a 90 cm course while two jump a 1 m course. There are two complete rounds of jumping. The team captain (who must be Advanced Intermediate or above) is the only one to jump off over a 1 m course, if there’s an equality of faults after both rounds of jumping.

Pictured below: Letterkenny’s two teams at the TSJC qualifier, 2010.