We welcome new members from all walks of life. Familiarise yourself with the few key points outlined here and then download the membership form and additional information from the links below.
Rallies and events
As a general rule the club meets weekly on Friday evenings. Activities include instruction in flatwork and jumping, pleasure ride-outs, demonstrations, etc. In January, February and March we try to meet indoors and in the summer we ride outdoors, at a number of different venues. The organisation of rallies and events is undertaken by different members and we spread the workload as much as possible.
The AIRC operates a system which grades members according to their ability, experience, confidence and ambition. We will discuss your grading with you before submitting your application to HQ. Your grade will be determined by three factors: your own expectations and ambitions; your and your horse’s safety; and a sense of sportsmanship. You may upgrade as your experience and ambition grows. You may also downgrade, although this is a considerably more difficult procedure.
The welfare of the horse is a primary consideration for the club. Under AIRC rules, horses under four years of age are not eligible to compete but may participate in rallies. Horses must be five years old before competing in any form of cross-country event. Both horses and ponies may participate in club activities. However, in AIRC competitions, your mount must be 143cm or over (or 148cm or above for cross country events).
Getting the ball rolling
Annual membership currently costs €100 for a riding member and €45 for non-riders. You must be 17 years of age to join the club. Novices and experienced riders are equally welcome. Please feel free to contact the club secretary, Anne Chambers on 087 610 6796 with any further questions. We also urge you to visit http://www.airc.ie where you will find comprehensive information about the organisation. Above all, however, we hope you will think of the AIRC vision “Enjoying Equestrianism”. This is the real objective of the Letterkenny Riding Club. We hope you’ll decide to join us.