Letterkenny riding club got off to a flying start on Sunday on the first leg of the league. There was a great turn out from the four clubs despite the cold and foggy start to the day and Patricia Warren built a great course that eased everyone back gently into show jumping.
It was great to see returning riders giving the cross poles and 6ocm a whirl and the primary riders taking up the challenge.
The first battle began with the advanced primary class where 10 riders had to get to grips with the newly introduced time faults for anyone ever the optimum time. New member Kerry-Anne under the watchful eye of big sister Shauna gave the course a good go and we look forward to seeing her again next week and it was welcome back to Miriam. There were some great double clear rounds that fell foul to time faults but Congratulations to Ryan and Bud for their great win and well done to Liz Cuffe for her well deserved 4th place for our own club!
Intermediate riders then took up the challenge and the jump off produced some great rounds. Congratulations to Cliff on his 1st place, Leo on his 2nd (must have been the brown boots Leo) and Enda on his 5th place.
Our advanced intermediate riders really showed us how its done with great first rounds and some nail-biting jump offs. Congratulations to Dawn who, on her first time out at this level won the class with some brilliant corner cutting jumping! Well done also to Anne on her 2nd place Cormac on getting 3rd Claire on her 5th place and Marina on 6th.
A special mention also to Shauna who completed her first round at open level.
Many thanks to all those who took part, bringing in valuable points towards the inter club trophy at the end of the year and to all those members who helped out, without you these days wouldn’t be the success they are.
Also big thank you to Patricia who stepped in to create the course and to do a little jump judging too!
See you all next week which is being run by Inishowen.
Don’t forget, flat work with Mary Finneran this Friday contact Vera to book a place.
Its that time of year again when we welcome the start of spring by brushing off the mud from boots and horses, shaking the cobwebs from the show jackets and heading to Templemore for a few rounds of jumping. yes its the start of the The spring league!
This is where we start to accumulate points and begin the quest to try to win back the inter club trophy. So look forward to seeing as many members as possible battling it out with the members from Innishowen, Donegal Gaeltacht and Tirconail riding clubs.
Letterkenny are running the first leg of the spring league so it’s all hands on deck. Please try to help out where you can when not jumping and if jumping isn’t your thing still come along cheer on your fellow club members and give a helping hand.
SEE YOU THERE!
Our first meeting of 2017 takes place at Tir na nOg on Monday 9 January, 8pm. Everybody welcome.
Louise and Hazel are going to reveal their 12-month plan for the website. Not to be missed!!!
There was a small gathering at the club meeting on Monday night. However the calendar of events for the next few months certainly made up for it. Here is a quick synopsis of the calendar
Sunday 14th – Dressage Championship in Mullingar
Sunday 14th – xc Lenamore 2pm – 4pm
Friday 19th – Formation riding – Harley’s contact Francis
Sunday 21st – 2 phase league Lenamore
Friday 26th – Formation riding- venue tbc
Saturday 27th – Formation riding filming- venue tbc
Sunday 28th – ODE Clonaw
Saturday 3rd – 2 phase course building Deeleside 10am
Saturday 10th – LRC 2 phase Deeleside Drumkeen
Sunday 18th – Hunter trials- Annaharvey Tullamore
Weekend Saturday & Sunday 24th & 25th – Bundoran- contact Damien
Sunday 2nd – Ride out Ballybofey in aid of Drumboe Respite House – contact Anne
Sunday 9th – NW league – Templemore
Sunday 23rd – NW league- Templemore
Sunday 6th – NW league – Templemore
Sunday 20th – NW league final Templemore
Saturday 26th – Dinner dance
Some of these dates may be subject to change!
Francis and Vera have been working wonders for the last few days. Here are the the fruits of their labours — show jumping teams and running order and your dressage test times.
Dressage Times 2016
The Audrey Jacob Team Challenge
There was a lot of calendar planning at our recent club meeting — a well-attended and sociable gathering at Tir na nOg.
This Friday we go to Ramelton for a bowls evening with Cecil and Tanya. Two days later, one of the highlights of the coming quarter is undoubtedly the Audrey Jacob Northwest Team Challenge on Sunday, 24 April, in Eglinton.
Hot on its heels comes the start of training sessions for our 10th Anniversary Musical Ride. Valerie Craig will use all her craft and expertise to put order on the troops over a series of three Fridays in Harley’s arena, Trentagh (29 April, 6 and 13 May). The formal performance of the musical ride will take place on the beach in Rathmullan on Saturday 21 May at 11am.
Our annual camping trip to the seaside at Carrickfinn is scheduled for Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 May. Novenas and every other means of assistance are appreciated in the effort to secure good weather for the first time in a few years!
The RDS Team Qualifier takes place at Tubberbride, Sligo on Sunday 15 May. Maybe this will be the year when we finally make the journey to Dublin — wouldn’t it be wonderful! In the meantime, the qualifier itself is a great day out and all support will be greatly appreciated.
Ride-outs and lessons dot the riding club landscape and you can shortly get full details on the Calendar page of the website.
Sates for all the usual club shows are set in stone now and we have Inishowen Show on 22 May, the Beach Show a week later on 29 May, and our own Derby & Dressage Show on 26 June to look forward to. Add to this the 2-Phase Cross Country & Dressage League on Sundays 3 July (Gaeltachts), 7 August (Tirconaill) and 11 September (Letterkenny) and there really is no excuse for boredom for quite a while to come!
This time two weeks from now, let’s hope we still have two glorious cups safely locked in the Letterkenny trophy cabinet! Last year’s Challenge saw victory for both our dressage riders and our show jumpers. It’s a tall order to repeat the feat but let’s give it our best shot.
NW Team Challenge 2016 Schedule
Contact Francis to let him know if you’re interested in riding on a show jumping team, and contact Vera if you’re up for riding on a dressage team.