National 1-Day Event qualifiers

The AIRC’s 1-Day Event Championships will be held at Annaharvey Farm, Tullamore, on Sunday 12 September. Anybody may compete in the National classes at the event, provided they have competed in a cross country event during the season. However, to compete in the Championship classes you must qualify at one of eight qualifiers throughout the country. Last year Letterkenny’s Nadine Gallagher successfully qualified for the Intermediate Championship. On the big day she was deprived of almost certain victory when Molly slipped and fell in the show jumping phase when on course for a beautiful clear round. Sharon O’Donnell and Libby Carton competed in the national classes.

The list of qualifiers for 2010 has just been published: National ODE Qualifiers

National One-Day Event Championship Rules · Download

Forecast looking good for Flowerhill

A lot can change in a week but for now things couldn’t be looking better for the National Hunter Trial Championships at Flowerhill next weekend:
Accuweather | Portumna

Online entries for the championships close today. Next week we’ll find out what our volunteering duties are for the day. With luck we’ll be asked to steward a jump with plenty of action. Every club with competitors at the event is obliged to undertake duties on the day and our club’s workload is shared fairly amongst our members. It’s usually a pretty enjoyable part of the trip.
Pictured below: Fence 8, 2009.

Registering your horse with HQ

Remember, if you plan to enter any of the AIRC’s national competitions this year, you need to register your horse on the AIRC’s database. It’s very easy to do. Just download the registration form below and send it together with a copy of your horse’s marking sheet to AIRC, 1st Floor, Beech House, Millennium Park, Osberstown, Naas, Co. Kildare. Alternatively you can scan the passport and send it by email instead to NB If your horse’s name is handwritten on the marking sheet, you need to send the naming sheet from the front of the book as well.

AIRC Horse Registration Form · Download

What’s the purpose of the database?

Very little record has been kept of the performance of horses in amateur equestrian activity. The emphasis is all on the professional side of the sport. By keeping a database, the AIRC is recording valuable information which is very important to the equine industry.

Club merchandise

Like every good club, we have a small but growing range of club gear. Best known and most visible are probably our black club numnahs and our anoraks. Fleeces, polo shirts and lightweight jackets are also available. Jenny Coe manages these items and places an order whenever numbers accumulate. She will shortly be placing a new order so get in touch with her, if there’s anything you need. You can contact her on 074 913 6179 or see her most Friday evenings at our regular activities.

The latest addition to the range is a decal for your vehicle or trailer, highly affordable at just €1 a pop. Spread the word!

Festival entries deadline

The AIRC’s annual 2-day Festival at Stradbally Estate in Laois takes place on Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 June this year. It seems a long way away but entries close very early for this huge event. Postal entries (made through the club secretary) must be with the AIRC on Friday 23 April while you may enter directly online by Friday 3 May. If you plan to travel to the Festival, make sure your entries are in on time. Full details and schedule will be available shortly.

What is the Festival?

The Riding Clubs Festival is a huge 2-day show featuring every conceivable type of showing class, a full schedule of dressage classes (including Musical Rides, Dressage to Music and Prix Caprilli), working hunter classes, and an extensive show jumping schedule for individuals and teams. Horses can be stabled on site and riders may camp or find accommodation locally. Letterkenny Riding Club has a fine record at the Festival. Pictured below: Keary Smith and Sakima Warrior, winners of the Individual Primary Show Jumping Championship in 2009 and Mary Finneran and Bart, winners of the prestigious Eddie Fowler Trophy in 2008.

Formation Riding with Valerie Craig

Formation riding? Well, imagine a cross between a military quadrille, dressage to music and synchronised swimming — that’s about as close as we can get to describing Valerie’s classes. Add in serious concentration and plenty of laughter and you’re beginning to get the picture.

The beauty of the formation riding lessons is that you’re concentrating so hard on holding up your side of the show that you don’t even realise that you’re intuitively giving your mount immaculate aids and doing great flatwork almost without trying.

Lessons will take place for the next three Fridays (9/16/23 April) at Harley’s arena in Trentagh. Book with Mick Carroll on 086 828 2280 by the Wednesday before each lesson at latest.

Directions to Harleys · Download

Pictured belowMike Cuffe on Judy gives a victory salute for a line-up finale at Valerie’s 2009 lessons.

Drumlin Hounds Hunter Trial, Cootehill, 11 April

The Drumlin Hounds Hunter Trials next Sunday, 11 April, provide an ideal dry run for Flowerhill with Open and Novice classes, pairs and singles. The course in Cootehill is 100% weather proof, extremely hilly, and has excellent water jumps for schooling. It’s approximately 2 1/2 hours from Letterkenny so easily achievable in a day. Further information from Arlene on 086 192 9939.

The AIRC National Hunter Trial Championships (popularly known by the name of the venue “Flowerhill”) take place a week later on Sunday 18 April. Flowerhill is just outside Portumna in County Galway. Seven club members plan to make the journey and will ride in both the Warm-up Pairs competitions and the Individual Championships.