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Finally… the time had come. Lorries and vans all packed up, horses loaded and the long journey ahead began. Liz and Ryan were first to make the trek down to Portumna and were on hand to offer the others a refreshing cool beer as the convoy of lorries and trailers pulled into Flowerhill on Saturday afternoon.

The glorious sunshine, beautiful scenery and good company  ensured that the course walk was an enjoyable, although somewhat nerve wrecking experience!! With the horses settled in their stables for the night, the usual “few sociable” drinks followed as everyone gathered round the heat of the stove in the big house.

Sunday brought another beautiful day as trailer after trailer arrived in Flowerhill, and the usual flurry of tacking up and getting ready enfolded. The first club member to compete was Tommy, followed by Liz and Ryan in the Advanced Primary Competitions. All three had great rounds with Tommy securing a fourth place rosette in the pairs competition.

In the Intermediate Championship we had Roseleen, Carla, Rudy, Rosaleen, Manus & Micky competing.  Everyone came back smiling and happy with how well their rounds went, and when the results finally came in, it was fantastic to see Manus and Killi had been placed 3rd in the individual competition.

With John & Sally competing in Advanced Intermediate, Emily in the Open and Laura in Advanced Open it meant the club was respresented in every competition on the day. All did very well in their rounds and both Emily and Laura were placed 2nd in their Individual classes.

Club members Trisha, Lawrence, Rosaleen & Shaun were on hand through out the day to help out and act as judge fences, instructors, grooms and photographers!

With the hard work all over, it was time to relax and enjoy a night’s craic. The party started up in Rosaleen and Shaun’s lorry, before hunger finally took hold, resulting in the annual trip to the Chinese. Later on, heading to the warmth of the big house again, the celebrations continued on, with Micky and Manus kindly putting on a puppet show as entertainment.

Monday morning saw a sigh of regret, as the realisation hit that it all over for another year. However the opportunity of a final pop over the course saw horses being saddled up once again before the long journey home.

Well done and congratulations to all our competitors and winners, and congratulations to the winners in Letterkenny and Tirconnail & Inishowen Riding Clubs also – you did Donegal proud!

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XC training will be held this Wednesday evening at Peter Mulrine’s ground in Stranorlar. Anyone wishing to  avail of a final opportunity for training before Flowerhill should contact Rosaleen.

It’s just over 1 week until the most highly anticipated annual event on the AIRC calendar !! – the National Hunter Trials , more commonly known as “Flowerhill” . With the entries now closed the final start lists & competitor numbers etc should be published within the next few days on the AIRC website .

A few reminders of important items that are mandatory for the tack check –
(Full details on AIRC download below )

Jockey skull cap
Body protector
Stock tie
Number bib
Medical Armband

As always please remember to have your horses passport with you, as spot checks will be carried out on the day.

It is also mandatory that you will be required to get your jockey skull cap checked & safety tagged at the secretary’s marquee on the morning of the event , this will also be checked when you go through the tack inspection.

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Just a reminder to everyone , the online entries facility for this years National Hunter Trials opened this morning Saturday 4th April & will close at midday on Friday 10th April. Simply log in to your online account on http://www.airc.ie to file your entry, please ensure that your horse is registered with the AIRC beforehand as you will not be able to complete your entry unless your horse is selectable from the online database.

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Many thanks to Liz & Ryan for use of their course recently for 2 cross country schooling evenings, all horses & riders went extremely well and enjoyed the refreshments & hospitality in the house afterwards. The next Schooling evening will take place this Wednesday 8th April & with the weather forecast looking extremely good will no doubt to prove another great evenings fun on horseback.

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Liz & Ryan have kindly organised a series of xc schooling evenings at their course in Carrigart . They have over 25 fences on offer & cater for all levels of horse & rider . They also provide great hospitality afterwards with tea & refreshments . The first evening will take place this Wednesday 1st April with another one planned for Friday 3rd April , course is open from 4:30 onwards . Please note that it is mandatory for all riders to wear a body protector & skull cap for cross country riding .

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A beautiful warm sunny day made yesterdays Spring League Final even more enjoyable as riders and their horses enjoyed the fine blue skies out in the warm up arena.  Coming into the final all the classes had been fairly tight points wise especially for the top 2 or 3 placings , so who would win was still anybody’s guess & with double points up for the taking it was still all to play for.  Ryan & his young cob mare ‘Calamity Jayne’ acheived their first ever placing in the league coming in at 6th place on the day, also winning the €50 fuel voucher for the attendance prize left him smiling ear to ear.  Liz & ‘Clyde’ came in 4th place with a very lucky double clear, which left them in an overall league placing of 2nd.    Tommy who bravely rode marinas bay racehorse for the first time, had a few poles down in the AP class  but returned with a  lovely round in the ‘pairs’ novelty class with  team mate Liz to claim 2nd place.   In the ever competitive Intermediate class Roseleen & ‘Lacoda’  made it into a 5 way jump off with team mate Rudy & ‘Boysie’,  however the Flying Dutchman performed an amazing faultless jump off to beat all the opposition & claimed the maximum double points, with Roseleen following closely behind in 2nd place. In the overall  Intermediate league Roseleen maintained her 1st place with Rudy finishing in an admirable 3rd. Mickey & Manus also took part in the Intermediate class, unfortunately both had a pole down leaving them out of the placings.  Carla & ‘Action’  had an unlucky 4 faults in the Advanced Intermediate leaving them in 3rd place on the day, they also finished in 3rd place in the overall League. Emily and ‘Ray Lady’ were the sole competitors in the Open Class and took 1st place, along with a perfect performance in the novelty ‘Pairs’ with father Rudy also receiving another Red Rossette.  Well done to all the riders who took part in the league, to all the volunteers who travelled up to help run the event you’re support is greatly appreciated & invaluable to us all.

Results Final- Spring League FINAL

Points Table Final- Points Table- FINAL

League Overall Placings-Spring League 2015- overall league placings

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Liz with Tommy receiving 2nd place in the ‘pairs’novelty class presented by chairman Lawrence Smyth

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Emily & ‘Ray Lady’ 1st in Open Class League

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Ryan & Scooby Doo receiving the fuel voucher attendance prize from Enda McClafferty

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Father & Daughter Team , 1st in the Pairs Novelty Class

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Rudy & ‘My Boy Boysie’ 3rd place in the Intermediate League

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Carla & ‘Action’ 3rd Place in Advanced Intermediate League

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Roseleen & Lacoda winning the Intermediate League

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The schedule for this years AIRC National Hunter Trials is now available by clicking the link above . Online entries will open on 4th April & close on the 10th April . Please remember your horse MUST be registered with the AIRC to take part in this national competition . Entry fees are €25 per individual round & €30 per pairs entry.

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Results Week 4 |  Spring League- week 4

Points Table | Points Table -wk 4

Well done to all our members who took part in today’s fourth show of the Spring League 2015.  Liz, Ryan & Sabha represented the club in the Advanced Primary class,  Liz on her faithful steed ‘Clyde’ had a beautiful double clear round only 0.14 second off the optimum time and claimed 1st place, Ryan  on his young cob mare ‘Calamity Jane’ were unlucky in having a few poles down as did new member Sabha & ‘Gypsy’  leaving them both unplaced in the field of ten riders.   In the ever competitive Intermediate class Roseleen & ‘Lacoda’ won the 3 way jump off,  followed by team mate & seasoned hunter Manus Kelly in 2nd place,  our very own ‘flying dutchman’ Rudy had an unexpected & unplanned dismount after the second jump leaving him eliminated.  In the Advanced Intermediate class Carla & ‘Action’ had an extremely unlucky pole down at the second last jump leaving them just out of the jump off ,  Rosaleen & ‘Hazel’ also had a few poles down and were unplaced. Emily and ‘Ray Lady’ demonstrated a perfect clear round in the Open Class & then went on to show us all how to do a stylish jump off to finish off the day.

Thank you to Tirconaill Riding Club for running today’s show, and we’ll see you all in 2 weeks time for the Final on Sunday 22nd March.

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Emily & ‘Ray Lady’

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Carla & ‘Action’

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A big ‘Thank You’ to all our members who travelled to Templemore EC today to help run today’s show, the results are in & are available by clicking on the links below.  Well done to club members Liz Potter & Roseleen McGinley who both enjoyed victories in their respective classes today.  The next leg of the league will take place in a weeks time on Sunday 8th March.

Results Week 3 |  Spring League- week 3

Points Table |  Points Table- wk 3

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Gillian & Minty

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Rudy & Boysie

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Yesterday saw the 2nd week of our Spring League,  what started as a cold but dry morning soon progressed into a damp & wet afternoon. Early on in the day new member Gillian Parke overcame her nerves & made her showjumping debut for the club in the x-poles & 60cm classes, unfortunately our club photographer was delayed due to transport issues and we missed out on any photos of her & her mare ‘Minty’.  Clear rounds were few & far between as the arena party were kept busy throughout the day. In the advanced primary Liz & ‘Clyde’ had a pole down in each round, leaving them in overall 3rd place, Tommy & his new mount ‘Carosa Lady’ made their debut in front of a rather excited fan club who cheered them on throughout their round.  Carmel Ferry & ‘Pepe Lad’  made a great return to the competitive circuit with a well deserved victory in the hotly contested intermediate class with the only clear round of the day, closely followed by  Roseleen & ‘Lacoda’ finishing in 2nd place.   Well done to Carla & John who both made it into the 4 way jump off in the advanced intermediate class finishing in 2nd & 4th places respectively.  We now have a break until the next leg of the League on Sunday 1st March.

Results Week 2 |   Spring League- week 2

Points Table |   Point Table – wk 2

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Tommy & ‘Carosa Lady’

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Carmel & ‘Pepe Lad’

Congratulations to our club chairman Lawrence Smyth on being awarded the AIRC Lancelot award for Club Member of the Year 2014. Lawrence and his trusted four legged partner, Jenny’s Jigsaw, are well known and respected throughout the country and are no strangers to winning awards and rosettes. Lawrence previously was awarded the AIRC Lancelot award for Person of the Year. As a club, we are honoured to have Lawrence represent us in the many competitions he travels to, and delighted to see his dedication awarded with the Lancelot Award. Comhghairdeas agus maith thú Lawrence!

Lawrence Smyth

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