For the dressage divas

We don’t get many chances to compete remotely locally in dressage so it’s great to see North Coast Riding Club running dressage competition in Eglinton. Get the contact information st this link


Lots of opportunities to get out and about.

The summer competition season is slowly drawing to a close but there are still plenty of chances to get out and try your hand at a variety of both AIRC and non-riding club events in the area, and farther afield.

First and foremost we have the next leg of the Two Phase League, which has been re scheduled for Sunday 16th September in Lenamore EC. This event is strictly pre entry and pre pay via club secretary, Hazel . Entries need to be with Hazel by Friday 7th September. Dressage tests on schedule below . Please remember that our club is running this event in conjunction with the Inishowen club, so help will be needed on and before the day.

At national level we have the AIRC eventing championships rapidly approaching. The qualification criteria for next months TRI Equestrian National Eventing Championships is being relaxed due to the number of one-day events that have been canceled in recent weeks. The Board of Directors decided to withdraw the requirement for riders to have completed an AIRC one-day event in order to be eligible to enter the championships at Lisgarvan House. Competitors are instead, advised to ensure that their horses are fit and ready to compete at the championships on Sunday 2nd September. The Board of Directors also decided to introduce a combined training class for primary riders. The class, however, will only run if there are sufficient entries. The schedule has been updated to reflect these changes and is available to download at this link

Be advised that entries for this competition close at 12 midday on Friday 24th Aug.

If cross-country is your drug then you might also be interested in any of the following events coming up in Cloncaw Equestrian Centre, Co. Monaghan. Contact them via Facebook or Call 087 975 1009.

Sun 10:00 · Cloncaw Equestrian, Glaslough · Glaslough, Monaghan, Ireland
9 Sept–23 Sept · Cloncaw Equestrian, Glaslough · Glaslough, Monaghan, Ireland
Sat 08:30 · Cloncaw Equestrian, Glaslough · Glaslough, Monaghan, Ireland
On a more local level we have Gordon’s Bay hunter trials to look forward to on Sunday 26th August. It’s great to have the chance to attend a well run event without hauling 2 or 3 hours down the country and you may rest assured that Ryan and Liz will have the course in tip-top shape.
If you do fancy racking up a bit of mileage you could do worse than attend the hunter trials being organised around the country…
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On the show jumping front there is usually a plethora of both training shows and registered events happening that will cater for every level of rider. Things are actually quite quiet at the moment on the riding club front in this discipline but you can get in plenty of practice for the up coming autumn league by attending Twin Towns Equestrian on a wednesday evening for their training shows. Details as follows…


From 6pm starting off with cradle stakes working through to 1.10m

1 class -€8
2 classes-€15
3 or more-€20 (per rider)

Refreshments available. Contact via Facebook or Call 086 036 7656.

Another great venue for enjoying  a training show is Mulvin Stables between Sion Mills and Newtownstewart. They generally run their shows on a Thursday evening and again can be contacted via Facebook or call Richard on 00447753957646.

If you feel that your riding needs a little polishing (and lets face it, whose doesn’t?) you can avail of lessons with Bruce Vial at Drumanoo Equestrian near Killybegs on a Thursday.

Group lessons in Jumping, XC or dressage.
€15 each.
Group size: 4
Starting 5.30
WhatsApp or Facebook for availability and preferred time slots and which disciplines you would like to partake in. Each lesson 1hr. Everyone welcome.

Twin Towns Equestrian Lessons with European Show jumping Coach Gary Marshall this Thursday 16th Aug…. if you’re looking for a total going over or just a bit of fine tuning this is the man for the job. Group and private lessons available….call 0860367656 for any questions you may have or to book.

Slightly further afield in the training calender is the AIRC training day being held at the always-enjoyable Flowerhill. Details on the following poster. Obviously none of you will be free to attend this as you’ll be at Lenamore, but I decided to include it here anyway!



Winner alright

Our annual Audrey Jacob Team Challenge is behind us, with our neighboring clubs giving us an exhibition of how it ought to be done. Congratulations to all the winners and especially to Judith, who picked up a very impressive second place in her first AIRC dressage competition. As always a big thanks must be extended to everyone who helped both on the day and on the run up to the show. The atmosphere on the day was excellent and I’m sure Audrey was having a good laugh at the antics of Andrea and Bob, and Darcy’s tack!!

AJTC jumps

AJTC dress1

AJTC dress2

Following on from our show in Eglinton we sent a team to the Western Region team showjumping qualifier in Tubberbride stables, Sligo. The day was eventful to say the least, with our second team scuppered by a low flying lorry ramp before they could get going at all. Best wishes to Gary on his recovery. Our team in Sligo met with mixed fortunes and finished down the rankings on a day that saw the more southern clubs rewarded for their journeys. To make up for disappointment in the arena Enda decided to win the game of chicken on the road home and treated his passengers to some adrenaline fueled moments as he narrowly avoided disaster, with  some motorcyclists learning that BBC news presenters driving lorries are not to be trifled with. Fortunately all were able to walk away. Results from Tubberbride are below.

Full Results of Horseware RDS Association of Irish Riding Clubs Team Showjumping Qualifier at Tubberbride Stables
1st – Corrib Team Grey
2nd – Corrib Team White
3rd – Springmount Gold
4th – Donegal Gaeltacht Green
5th – Corrib Gold
6th – Tir Connail Team2

Hot competition

We have twelve showjumping teams contesting the Audrey Jacob Team Challenge this year and some of them look pretty hot…

Team challenge approaching

We welcomed Judith Porter to the Letterkenny ranks on Friday evening at Templemore. Judith, who hales from the Carrigans/St Johnston neck of the woods, rides an old club member on a daily basis. Basil, who was previously getting the ride from Suzanne Carroll, is looking marvelous and no doubt himself and Judith will be a great addition to the ranks. Friday saw an end to the flatwork lessons with Jacqui. The coming weekend will see us all helping out or riding at the Audrey Jacob Team Challenge, which is always one of our yearly highlights. Details of who is needed to do what, and when, will be circulated over the coming week.

Hot on the heels of the AJTC comes the RDS team showjumping qualifier in Tubberbride, followed by the chance to grab some quality r&r at Carrickfinn. Anyone who has travelled to Carrickfinn for our annual camping trip in the past needs no encouragement to attend, and for those of you who haven’t experienced it yet there is no point trying to find words to describe the stunning beauty and tranquility of the place. All are welcome but you need to let Damian know if you plan on going as he organises the paddocks for the horses. Call him on 087 7631911.


Clock’s ticking

This Friday sees us back in Templemore for the last of our flatwork lessons with Jacqui McPherson coaching. Remember to contact Rachel if you want to book in. We then have a great day of sociable entertainment to look forward to in Eglinton.


Festival beckoning

The program for the festival has been released by HQ and there really is something for almost everybody. Multiple categories of showing, dressage, show jumping, prix caprilli, derby…the list goes on. Stabling is available on site at a cost of E65 for the weekend but be warned that these stables will book up quickly so get on the ball if you’re interested. Stabling, and electric hook-ups for lorries and campers,  must be booked through Mullingar Equestrian Centre on the following link

The schedule is available on the following link  rcf_schedule_2018

Our own Audrey Jacob team challenge, in Eglinton on May 13th is a nice prep outing, as dressage is the basis of showing as well as improving your jumping. Leo, Cormac and Dave started their serious training on Friday evening under the watchful eye of Jacqui McPherson. Dave’s new mount decided that flatwork, as part of a group in an outdoor arena, wasn’t her idea of the ideal way to spend a Friday evening and despite Cormac giving her a thorough workout for a few minutes Dave opted for the safety of terra firma and retired early. Cormac and Leo had a great lesson and went home with plenty to work on over the week. Anyone who wants to avail of a spot in the lesson this coming Friday should text or call Rachel on 086-1617087 by Wednesday evening.


Things are getting busy

Thank you to everyone who attended our club meeting in Tir Na nOg last night. It was a very entertaining and humorous meeting which still managed to cover quite a few topics.

The first item, which you should all have received text notification about at this stage, is the opportunity to get some badly needed flatwork done under the highly expert eye of Jacqui McPherson.  These lessons are taking place in the outdoor arena in Templemore, so lots of space. There will be only four in a group which guarantees plenty of attention from Jacqui and this is perfect timing to improve flatwork before the regional dressage qualifiers at our show on the 13th of May. Contact Rachel on 086-1617087 if you want to book a slot in any or all of the next 3 Friday night’s.

This brings me on to the next item on the agenda…the Audrey Jacob Team challenge in Eglinton on Sunday 13th of May. Entries for this show need to be in by sunday 6th May. If you are available for a dressage team or wish to enter the regional dressage qualifiers as an individual, contact Hazel. If you are available to jump on a team contact Francis. For the first time we are also presenting a prize for the Best Turned Out rider (and horse) on the day.As always there is a bit of setting up involved in the show and help would be appreciated the evening before as well as on the day of the show. Hazel will be  coordinating everything in her usual military manner.

The next major event on the calendar is the team showjumping qualifier in Tubberbride Equestrian Centre, Collooney, Sligo, on Sunday 20th May . If you wish to put your name forward for this you need to contact Dawn. She will need to know what horse you are riding and what height you are willing to jump. Each team must have at least one intermediate rider but the other three team members can be graded higher, despite the fact that two team members will jump 90cm. All as clear as mud! Do be warned that any horse you intend to enter on a team must be registered with the AIRC by the end of APRIL. You need to get your skates on if you intend competing on a new mount.

That’s enough info for you for the time being I think. Next update soon.


A quick reminder

Sunday 15th – Interclub ride out and Treasure hunt, Milford mart. Contact Damian Gallagher and Francis McNicholl. The forecast is good at the moment so get out and enjoy it

Monday 16th – Club meeting in Tir Na nOg at 8pm