Clubmate, friend and lover of horses. You were taken far too early but you’ll always be with us. Rest in peace.
Category Archives: The People
Marina rode a blinder at Fairyhouse on Saturday when she fulfilled her dream of riding in a “real” race before she kicks the bucket. She finished in third place, losing second by a whisker, after an impressive run from the back, picking off victims one by one as she progressed relentlessly. The winning post came just a hair too soon but the performance was magnificent.
Very well done, Marina! We’re proud of you.
Congratulations to Nadine and Damien on the birth of Matthew at 7.12am this morning. He’s a strapping lad and everybody is doing well. He obviously has the riding club’s interests at heart having allowed Daddy to enjoy the league yesterday before politely announcing that he was ready to join the rest of us on planet earth.
Our deepest sympathies are extended to Mary Finneran, who lost her mother last weekend after a long battle with illness. Mary nursed her mother throughout her illness, making enormous personal and professional sacrifices to make sure she received the care she deserved.
We also extend our condolences to Tanya who lost her granny last week. It’s been a tough year for the family and we would like to offer our deepest sympathy.
Our thoughts are with you both, Mary and Tanya.
A very, very happy new year to all our members and their families and friends. After a memorable 2014 here’s hoping for a peaceful and rewarding 2015 where our equestrian ambitions are realised and our club activities bring us endless pleasure.
Inevitably one or two members were inconvenienced by the last minute change of day for the AGM but the very healthy attendance (over two-thirds of our membership) who made it on the night demonstrates how interested and involved in the club everybody remains. In his Chairman’s address, Enda applauded our members’ willingness to take on tasks and share burdens and responsibilities. How right he was.
It was a most enjoyable and constructive meeting during which a couple of notable decisions were reached. Firstly, there was widespread delight at the announcement, made with the blessing of Cecil and Tanya, that our Northwest Team Challenge is to be named in memory of Audrey. The Audrey Jacob Cup will be the perfect symbol of the club spirit, sportsmanship and club ethos that Audrey both championed and embodied. Secondly, we’re going to make our debut in the Facebook world with Louise taking the helm to guide the club ship through these new social media waters.
The election of officers was a good humoured affair with a healthy balance of continuity and change at the top table. Enda stays on as club Chairman and Maura, who successfully husbanded our funds and returned a small profit on the previous year, remains in charge of the club treasury. Paddy and Libby stay on as their righthand men.
After two years of dedicated service to the club, Cormac wisely decided to nominate his erstwhile assistant, Anne, to become the head of secretarial power. She takes over a well organised and efficient machine and we’re all indebted to Cormac for the time and effort he has put into the Secretary’s role during his period in office. It’s very, very much appreciated. Hazel provides new blood in the department as she takes over as assistant secretary.
There are odds and ends of changes amongst the remaining club roles. You can see the full details shortly on the Our Club page of the website.
Club Member & Horse of the Year
To conclude the AGM we had our much-loved club awards and they once again highlighted the different levels on which effort, engagement and achievement are appreciated. Everybody in the club has different goals, different qualities and different personalities — they all add up to make Letterkenny Riding Club what it is.
The deserved winner of the Club Member of the Year Award was Damien, while Tutu and Anne’s Molly shared the Club Horse of the Year honours. There were of course many nominations in both categories — well done everybody.
Pictured below: Damien receives the Laggan Trophy from Enda while Louise and Anne accept the honours on behalf of their two fine mares.
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.