Given the exceptionally large number of members who would not be in a position to attend this Friday evening, the AGM has been brought forward by one day to Thursday 6 November.
Everybody is strongly encouraged to attend so that the club can benefit from its members’ input as we chart a course for 2015.
Nominations for our Club Member and Horse of the year should be submitted by Wednesday please.
Friday 7 November isn’t far off and our AGM is likely to be the usual productive and sociable affair. Beyond the gripping election of officers for the coming 12 months, the undisputed highlight of the event is the crowning of our Club Horse and Club Member of the Year.
Please send your nominations for the awards to Damien by text, email or phone call. You can nominate two candidates in each category. It’s great if you can give a few reasons for your choice but a name is also just fine if time is short. The important thing is to participate in the nomination process.
Ruth McCrossan has made the very difficult decision to part with her great coloured mare, Sioux Indian. Most of our members know this talented and colourful character who has been Ruth’s partner for several years now. She’s a cracking riding club horse and would also suit a competent and competitive teenager who wants to do a bit of everything.
See full details on Ruth’s ad on Done Deal.
Wednesday is your deadline for submitting nominations for your Club Horse and Club Member of the Year, to be announced at our AGM on Friday. Last year’s award for 2-legged members was shared three ways and honoured Jenny, Louise and Cormac. Teldel was the outstanding winner of the 4-legged trophy.
Submit your nominations (2 per person for each award) to Cormac by Wednesday 30 November at latest, preferably including a few reasons for your suggestion. You can send them by text or email.
It’s always lovely to see new faces amongst the ranks. Recently we’ve been joined by Vicky Gallagher and Deirdre MacGabhann.
Vicky rides a handsome big bay horse called Mr Ted who she keeps with Audrey in Castleshanaghan. Vicky joins us at Primary level. Deirdre too rides a very handsome bay — Suzanne’s pride and joy, Basil. She recently moved him to her homebase in Ballylin near Ramelton after a summer with Audrey. Having ridden all through her childhood in the south of England, Deirdre now shares Basil with her three daughters, all of whom are keen pupil’s of Mary Finneran at Glenleary. She rides at Advanced Primary level.
You’re both very welcome to the club and we hope you get great enjoyment from your membership.
Former members Erica and Dave returned to home shores at the weekend to tie the knot. Their celebration in Erica’s home county of Sligo featured a wonderful wedding cake which answered all questions about who occupies the top slot in the couple’s affections. Well done Britney and many congratulations to Erica and Dave. We wish you many years of happiness together.
Pictured below: Britney crowns the wedding cake. Thanks to Orla for capturing the creation.
Five years ago in 2008 the club sent its very first representation to the Festival in Stradbally. It was a magical expedition and a successful one — see what we achieved in our Yearbook 2008.
Since then the numbers making the marathon journey have been small. Anne and Keary made a successful mission in 2009 and Marina and former member, Martina Boyle, had a successful trip in 2011. Now, with five years’ more experience under their belts and many blips and blemishes later, Libby and Fenway are making the pilgrimmage again this year.
Anyone who knows the instantly recognisable sound of Libby’s idiosyncratic jeep might shudder at the prospect of such a long solo journey. But with Audrey going along to support them and keep them company, horse and rider couldn’t be in better hands. Who can imagine a more loyal gesture of club spirit and friendship? Audrey’s kindness is being rewarded by a spectacular weather forecast and the prospect of an idyllic weekend on a stunning country estate. Life’s not so bad!
Matching horses and riders is one of the great tricks of equestrian life. It’s particularly important to get the right horse when making that move away from the riding school environment to independent horse ownership. Hannah, having successfully taught Maura everything a novice rider could possibly need to know, is now moving on to her next task: Louise. The big grey mare has begun to put Louise through her paces and is on a mission to educate her in the skills of independent horse riding and care.
On a more advanced level, Christopher is striking up a relationship with Catherine Higgins’s lovely gelding, Connacht. Connacht has been out of work for a while but there’s no better man than Christopher for bringing a horse on patiently and with dedication.
The best of luck to both new partnerships. Hopefully you’ll all get along famously and we’ll see plenty of you over the coming months.
Pictured below: Hannah and Maura at the Beach Show, 2012, and Connacht with Catherine Higgins at one of Audrey and Tanya’s wonderful cross country evenings in 2010.
After last weekend’s blow, yesterday gave Orla one of the great thrills of a horse owner’s life. Her old friend Molly gave birth to a healthy chestnut filly foal who opens a new chapter in her owner’s life with horses. This young lady is by Lancelot, a fine jumping stallion standing with the Kennedys in Limerick.
Congratulations Orla and Molly.
Orla, our thoughts are with you. Some of our members know what you’re going through but most of us have lived on the lucky side of horse ownership. Losing Ted so unexpectedly must be unbearable. Not only have you lost your mount — you’ve also lost a new friend along with all the hopes and dreams and aspirations that you had for your partnership with him.
With Molly due to foal shortly, hopefully you’ll soon have a new reason to look to the future again with delight.