Well done to everyone who participated in todays 2nd leg of the Autumn League, and thank you to Inishowen Riding Club for running such a smooth event.

Due to the first outing of the Donegal Harriers in Porthall we seemed to be missing quite a few of our ‘usual suspects ‘ and it was left down to 6 members to do the club proud .  Ruth & ‘Sioux Indian‘ had a lovely double clear & took 2nd place in the Primary class .  Next up was Ryan and his young black cob ‘Calamity Jayne’, the new pairing had an unfortunate 3 poles down leaving them unplaced in the strong field of 11 competitors in the Advanced Primary Class.  Liz & ‘Clyde‘ had an extremely unlucky last pole down leaving them in overall 4th place.  
In the largest class of the day with 13 entries, Sisters Roseleen & Carla McGinley both jumped perfect clears in the Intermediate putting them both in to a 6 way jump off.  Unfortunately Mickey & ‘Simply Mitch’ failed to make it into the jump off this week having lost their way after jump no.7 .  Carla &  ‘Action‘  delivered a faultless jump off in 37.83 seconds to claim 1st place, with sister Roseleen & ‘Lacoda‘ hot on their heels in a time of 37.92 seconds but with a very unlucky last pole down leaving them in overall 5th place – well done girls !!!

The next leg of the Autumn League will take place in 2 weeks time on Sunday 9th November & it will be our clubs turn to run this show so all help on the day will be gratefully received.

Results Week 2-

Autumn League 2014 (week 2)

Points Table Week 2-

Autumn League 2014 -points table(week 2)

Carla & Action claiming victory in the Intermediate Class

Carla & Action claiming victory in the Intermediate Class

The Executive Committee of the AIRC is currently reviewing the Riding Clubs Festival (RCF) and as part of the review they are investigating the possibility of changing venue to Mullingar Equestrian Centre, Co. Westmeath.

There are a number of key reasons for this:

Reduced stable costs of €70 in Mullingar Equestrian Centre. Stables currently cost the Association €108.25 each and are subsidised to €90 for competitors at Stradbally Hall Estate in 2014.
Potential savings of approximately €5,500 on costs by moving to Mullingar Equestrian Centre. The RCF lost approximately €9,500 in Stradbally Hall Estate in 2014
There will also be a significant reduction in the manpower hours required by volunteers of the Association in preparing the venue in Mullingar Equestrian Centre compared to Stradbally Hall Estate.
The same facilities will be available at Mullingar Equestrian Centre, including camping onsite and much of their permanent facilities.

Clubs are asked to consult with their members and to indicate their preference by 3pm on Tuesday 28 October 2014.

Sheila Friel of Imagine Media has recently been in contact with our club chairman Lawrence about the much anticipated airing of the TV documentary which followed our riding club & it’s members for several months .

The programme has been called ‘Ar Mhuin na Muice- agus na gcapall’ and is due to start broadcasting on Sunday 11th January 2015 , there will be 4 episodes which will be then repeated mid-week. The series will be officially advertised once TG4 confirms it schedule for January 2015.

Sheila has kindly agreed to give the club a sneak preview of one of the episodes at our ‘Christmas Night Out’ further details to follow of date/venue apparently episode 3 is the most entertaining !!!

Well done to everyone who participated in todays first leg of the annual Autumn League, it was great to see all the familiar faces with a few new ones too.  The next leg of the league will take place on Sunday 26th October.

Results Week 1-


Points Table-

Autumn League 2014 -points table 1

Emily & Ray Lady

Emily & Ray Lady

Rosaleen & Santa Cruise Lady

Rosaleen & Santa Cruise Lady

More photos in the ‘Gallery’

Anyone wishing to school their horse at Templemore this Thursday 16/9/14 from 7-9pm please contact Liz on 087 2493773. Lessons are also available if we have enough interest .

The schedule for this years NW Autumn League is available by clicking on the link below- with just under 4 weeks until the first show we all have plenty of time to brush up on our showjumping skills !!   Our club will be responsible for the running of the 3rd show on Sunday 9th November.


NW Autumn League 2014(1)

Showing Clinic

Our neighbours Inishowen Riding Club have organised a Showing Clinic with Grace Murphy for this Friday 12th September . The venue will be Templemore EC starting at 7:00 pm, it is a ridden clinic in small groups although spectators on foot are also welcome. The price is €15 per head & the clinic is open to all AIRC members on a first come first serve basis by pre-booking only.

For further info and to book a place please contact Lauren on 0044 7821213999 or e-mail lmclaughlin047@gmail.com



Many thanks to Liz and Ryan for the use of their cross country course yesterday evening. The lovely warm evening and excellent range of jumps ensured it was a very enjoyable evening, and as always Liz and Ryan ensured everyone was fed and “watered” before going home. While the high tide allowed the opportunity to cool the horses off in the sea, Micky was more than happy to assist Ryan, Rosaleen & Rudy in cooling off while doing their Ice-bucket challenges. As not all our club members were able to attend the evening, some of them were very kindly nominated to participate in the challenge within the next 48 hours. After all, we wouldn’t want them feeling left out, and I’m sure John, Anne, Packie & Tina will all appreciate the nomination’s.  

Ice bucket

“Would you ever stop talking Rudy, Micky’s arms are getting sore trying to hold that bucket up!”

Rosaleen is organising hire of Dirraw Farm’s cross country course on Sunday, 28th September. If anyone wishes to attend please contact her, preferably before this weekend. Cost will cost between £12-15stg per person, depending on the numbers.


Liz & Ryan are hosting another club Xc evening at their property in Carrigart this Tuesday 26th August from 6-9pm. All club members welcome , always a great evenings Craic with refreshments , tea & coffee afterwards.


The dates for this years upcoming North West Autumn League are as follows-

1. Sunday 19th October
2. Sunday 26th October
3. Sunday 9th November
4. Sunday 23rd November

The much anticipated Annual Dinner Dance & prize giving ceremony ( a night not to be missed!) will be held on Saturday 29th November . Giving you all plenty of time to get your dance moves polished up !!! .

Best of luck to Emily, Laura, Trisha and Rudy at the National Dressage Championships in Mullingar this Sunday. Rumour has it that Rudy acquired a secret device up at the RDS last weekend, which he hopes will assist him receive a high score in his dressage test. However I’m sure that our four riders will do us proud regardless.

Perhaps he might devulge at a later date just what is in all those bags…



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