Club Meeting

There will be a club meeting on Wednesday 23rd April in Ostan Loch Altan, Gortahork 8:30pm .

This years North West Team challenge will be held on Sunday 27th April in Eglinton Equestrian Centre. Club Teams will consist of 4 riders, 2 of which must be either Primary or Advanced Primary, & 2 of which must be of Intermediate level or above. There will be a 70cm course (jumped by primary/adv primary) & a 90cm course( for intermediate/adv intermediate/open)the competition will be run in a Nations-Cup format with the best 3 scores from each of the two rounds counted, the 4th will be a discard.  Please remember riders may ride in more than 1 team but not on the same horse, so you may ride in 2 or more teams on multiple different horses, you may also share your horse with another club member to make up extra teams. Please note any one horse may only be used in a maximum of 2 teams.


Dressage Tests are-

Primary-                     AIRC 2 (2007)

Adv Primary-           AIRC 7 (2008)

Intermediate-          AIRC 18 (2010)

Adv Intermediate- AIRC 30 (2009)

If you would like to be included in a Dressage Team or a Showjumping Team please text Trish on 0863761863, if you are willing to ride in more than one team please let Trish know . There will be no entries taken on the day of the show , all our entries must be in before Tuesday 22nd April.

A final list of teams will be published on this site in due course.

Also anyone of Intermediate Level or above wishing to be in a team for RDS team Showjumping qualifier on Sunday 25th May please contact Trish on 0863761863.


Please see link below for full schedule-


The much anticipated weekend in Flowerhill has drawn to an end and the expectations of those who attended were fully achieved and surpassed. Congratulations to Laura on her outstanding 1st place in the Advanced Open Championship, to Liz on her 4th place in the Advanced Primary Championship and to John & Laura on their 4th place in the Mixed Pairs. Well done guys, you done us proud!

The weekend commenced on Saturday with the tasting of a selection of some of the finest Turnip Wines ever brewed in Donegal, and as word spread throughout Flowerhill, the kitchen in Oliver’s house quickly filled with people anxious to taste Rudy’s special brew. Luckily he had a large supply which going the kept the entertainment going well into the early hours of the morning. Unfortunately it did nothing to improve the singing vocals of a group of men in a certain lorry, who were so impressed with their own musical skills that they have decided to form a yet unnamed band. The name “Strangled” would possibly be a fitting name…..

Awakening on Sunday morning to a wet, windy and rather miserable morning did not dampen the spirits, and all thoughts of turnips were quickly forgotten as horses were saddled up and the usual rush to get hats checked and rider numbers ensued. Thankfully the weather improved and the competition got underway, on what was without doubt, a very challenging course. The well renowned Charles Maudlin did an excellent job on the commentary, keeping everyone informed in the most professional yet entertaining manner.

In the Advanced Primary we had Liz & Rudy, Lawrence & Ryan and Ruth & Paul compete in the pairs and also in the Individuals. In the Intermediate we had Rosaleen & Shaun and Manus & Micky. John and Emily rode in the individual Advanced Intermediate class, and Laura rode in the Advanced Open. All riders done the club proud and had excellent rounds, although the effects from the night before may have been responsible for a couple of navigational mishaps and a certain incident of rider imbalance! However it was fantastic to see so many clear rounds and more importantly to see everyone enjoying the competition so much (certain club members enjoyed the course so much they were still going round it at 2am the following morning). Well done to Liz & Paul on having such excellent rounds in what was their first Hunter Trial competition and well done to our young horses – Bud(Ryan), Banshee (Paul) & Flash (Shaun) on having fantastic clear rounds in their first ever Hunter Trial.

A celebratory dinner was held that night in the local Chinese, followed by some “team building” afterwards. Flowerhill has always been a favourite in the calendar for club members but aside from the excellent course, it’s the comradeship, friendship and the fabulous entertainment, along with the support given by those who come along as non-competitors, not just within our own club but within all the Donegal Clubs and the other AIRC clubs which really makes it such a fantastic weekend. Roll on 2015!

More photos available to view in the ‘Gallery’

Full Results click on link below




Liz (Clyde)& Rudy (Boysie)

Liz (Clyde)& Rudy (Boysie)


Lawrence, Ryan & Paul


Ruth & Paul in the AP Pairs


Lawrence & Jennys Jigsaw


Rosaleen & Hazel


John & Tonta


Mickey & Simply Mitch


Laura & Chloe Lass


Emily & Ray Lady

Now is the time to double check you have all your gear ready for the National Hunter Trials.  The full entries list & start times will be issued from head office in the next few days.  Below are a few notes taken from the Official Schedule.


Competitors must have their equine passport in their possession at this event. Spot checks will be carried out.

Competitors will jump in strict numerical order. Approximate start times for each competition and your jumping order will be posted on http://www.airc.ie nearer the event.

Level three back protectors & skull caps are mandatory. Medical armbands with photographic ID  must be worn on your arm. A correctly fitting hunting stock or similar neck support is also compulsary.

Timing devices are NOT permitted under the rules for Advanced Primary and Intermediate riders.

Competitors will have to provide their own number bib for this event. A limited supply will be available for sale, priced at €10, on the day but to guarantee supply it is best advised to purchase a bib before the event.

There will be no farrier service available at this event.


When you arrive at the venue,  please remember to get your skull cap checked & tagged as you will not be able to start without the safety tag on your helmet.


Please click on link below for further information regarding tack /dress code for AIRC cross country events




8 members travelled to Lenamore Stables on Sunday for a pre- Flowerhill practice. With only 7 days until the National Hunter Trials everyone was keen to brush up on their cross country skills. All horses went extremely well & the outcome of the afternoon was very positive.

‘Roll on Flowerhill ‘






With Flowerhill fast approaching upon us, the schedule for this years Riding Clubs Festival has also been announced.

The Annual Riding Clubs Festival is one of Irelands biggest amateur equestrian sporting events.  It takes place at Stradbally Hall Estate, Co. Laois on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th June 2014.

Over 70 dressage, show jumping, showing and working hunter classes take place over the two days.

This years event is sponsored by Horse Sport Ireland

- See more at: http://www.airc.ie/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=233:riding-clubs-festival&catid=24&Itemid=240#sthash.zldquCcf.dpuf




Time-Table for our Pre-Flowerhill XC practice Lenamore this Sunday 30th March



Laura, Emily, Carla?



Liz, Ryan, Rudy, Paul, Lawrence



Rosaleen, Shaun, Mona, Charlie


Well done to everyone who participated in yesterdays final leg of the NW Spring League, the event was well attended by all clubs and the lovely sunny weather added to the enjoyment of the day.

In the Primary Class,  Eamon & ‘Dreamer’ unfortunately had 3 poles down but still managed a respectable 3rd place early on in the day,  with his previous weeks victories he still retained 1st place in the overall League- well done Eamon !!!  Next up was the Advanced Primary Class, with only 3 double clears on the day it was club chairman Lawrence & ‘Jennys Jigsaw’ who claimed 1st place, Letterkenny’s Liz Cuffe took 2nd, closely followed by team mate Enda McClafferty. Liz Potter & Paul Curran both had an unlucky pole down leaving them with 4th & 5th placings. Ryan decided to do a little schooling on Rudy’s horse ‘My Boy Boysie’ in this class & had a beautiful double clear very close to the optimum time, unfortunately Ryan had chosen his loyal ploughing companion ‘King Bud’ as his nominated horse and so was un-placed in the competition.  Overall in the League, Lawrence was placed 2nd, closely followed by Liz Potter in 3rd , and Paul Curran in 4th.

The mixed pairs novelty class was run over a challenging 11 fence course, with plenty of twists & turns to add to the complication !!! Lawrence & Paul kicked of the class, unfortunately Paul & ‘Banshee Lady’ seemed to have serious sat-nav problems after he cleared the 1st jump, leaving them on a very slow time of 210 seconds with 3 poles down.  Liz & ‘Clyde’ were next to take up the challenge & had a perfect clear round in a great time of 70 seconds, Ryan & ‘King Bud’ were slightly slower & had 3 poles down leaving them on an overall time of 178 seconds & 1st Place in the Novelty Class.

It was the ever consisent ‘Flying Dutchman’ Rudy & ‘My Boy Boysie’ who claimed a very well deserved victory in the hotly contested Intermediate Class, with consistent high placings throughout the league this left them  in an overall joint 2nd place. Carla & her beautiful mare ‘Action’ also made it into the jump-off but had an unlucky 2 poles down, leaving her with 3rd place, and an overall league placing of 4th.  Roseleen McGinley was the fastest 4 faults round and received 6th place leaving her in a very respectable overall league placing of 5th, well done to Roseleen & ‘Lacoda’ on their first intermediate level league.

The last class of the day was the Advanced Intermediate, Rosaleen Harkin & ‘Santa Cruise Lady’ had a lovely clear round taking them in to their first ever advanced intermediate jump-off. With only 4 making it into the jump off, they had another effortless clear round leaving them in 2nd place just 4 seconds behind the winner Claire Cuffe of Letterkenny RC. Fellow team-mate Emily Schneider & ‘Ray Lady’ also made it into the jump off  & showed us all how to cut those corners in the fastest time of 39 seconds, unfortunately they had 2 poles down and took 4th place.  Patricia & ‘Dandy’ failed to make it into this weeks jump off but received 4th place in the overall league,with Rosaleen in 5th & Emily in 6th, well done ladies !!!

There was a grand total of €750.00 raised at the show for the ‘AWARE’ charity , Cecil & Tanya were presented with a cheque on behalf of the riding clubs involved. There was also a raffle held for a beautiful painting by Marina Hamilton, club member Rosaleen Harkin was the lucky winner and now faces the tough decision of where to hang this unique painting in her home.

Thank you to everyone involved in running this League, to the riders who turned up to participate, the helpers who picked up poles , Mona who sorted the prizes/rosettes, Judges Patricia, Cormac & Jacqueline, course builder Seamus & everyone else who make it the success it is.

results week 4-Final

Points Table Spring League 2014-Final

Trish & Dandy

Trish & Dandy


Carla & Action

Carla & Action

Emily & Ray Lady

Emily & Ray Lady
Rosaleen being presented with painting

Rosaleen being presented with painting

It’s the grand final of this years North West Spring League tomorrow Sunday 23rd March, with Double-Points up for grabs everything is to play for with the leader boards very tight in all of the classes. Please remember our club is jointly responsible alongside Letterkenny RC for the running of this final show, so please volunteer to help out on the day, as the saying goes many hands make light work.

Look forward to seeing you all there.

With only 2 weeks to go until the highly anticipated National Hunter Trials at Flowerhill the on-line entries facility is now open, this facility is open for 1 week until Friday 28th March at midday, so please ensure you have your entries complete before this date.

To use the on-line entry system simply go to the AIRC website http://www.airc.ie & click on the ‘membership online’ link at the top right of homepage, you will need your membership number and your password to log in.  If you have not used this facility before then you will need to click on the ‘Activate Account’ button to the right of the page. Please ensure that your horse is registered with the AIRC before you attempt to enter on-line. Entry Fees are €25.00 championship entry / €30.00 per pairs entry to be paid on-line.

There will be a Pre- Flowerhill XC practice for our club members at Lenamore Stables on Sunday 30th March at 12.00, anyone who wishes to attend please RSVP to Liz on 087 2493773


A few notes on the rules/regulations for this event taken from the AIRC website below-

Competitors must have their equine passport in their possession at this event. Spot checks will be carried out.

Competitors will jump in strict numerical order. Approximate start times for each competition and your jumping order will be posted on http://www.airc.ie nearer the event.

Level three back protectors & skull caps are mandatory. Medical armbands must be worn on your arm. Timing devices are not permitted under the rules for Advanced Primary and Intermediate riders.

Competitors will have to provide their own number bib for this event. A limited supply will be available for sale, priced at €10, on the day but to guarantee supply it is best advised to purchase a bib before the event.

There will be no farrier service available at this event.

Rosaleen & Hazel at National Hunter Trials 2013

Rosaleen & Hazel at National Hunter Trials 2013

With less than a month to go until this years National Hunter Trials now is the time to get your ‘pairs’ teams sorted & your horse(s) registered with the AIRC if you haven’t already done so.

Horses or ponies must be registered with the Association in advance of entering any national championship or qualifier for a national championship. Unregistered horses are no longer eligible to enter national events or any regional qualifier.  A horse or pony only has to be registered once with the Association, then it’s recorded for life. There is no charge for this service and it is open to registered members only.

Over 4,000 horses are currently registered with the Association and you can check to see if your horse is already registered here. Registration can be done either by post or e-mail & may take up to 5 working days so please do not leave it until the last minute, all information is available on http://www.airc.ie

The schedule, entry criteria and closing dates have been announced for the Connolly’s RED MILLS sponsored Hunter Trials Championships which return to Flowerhill Equestrian Centre, Co. Galway, after a short break, on Sunday 6th April.

There are no changes to the schedule from previous years with competitions on offer for individuals and pairs.

Postal entries close on Thursday 28th March while online entries open on Friday 21st March and close at 12 midday on Friday  28th March.

National Hunter Trials Schedule 2014

Eamon & Dreamer

Eamon & Dreamer

Results are in for the 3rd leg of this years NW Spring League, well done to all members that participated in todays show- especially to club members Eamon McGee & Liz Potter who both claimed victory in their respective classes.

The Grand Final will be in 2 weeks time on Sunday 23rd March & will be run jointly by Letterkenny RC & ourselves.

Results -week 3

Points Table Spring League 2014-week 3

More photos are available in the ‘Photo Gallery’

A series of Health & Safety Seminars will take place at six venues around the country from next month. They will cover key aspects of our safety statement along with information on risk assessments. Each club must send representatives to attend one of the six seminars.  Please advise Trisha if you would be available to attend any one of the seminars.
 The dates and venues are as follows:
  • Tuesday 11th March – A.I.R.C. Office, Naas, Kildare (7:30pm)
  • Tuesday 18th March – The Hibernian Hotel, Mallow, Co. Cork (7:30pm)
  • Tuesday 1st April – Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny (7:30pm)
  • Tuesday 1st April – Trim Castle Hotel, Trim, Co. Meath (7:30pm)
  • Tuesday 15th April – Best Western Sligo Southern Hotel, Sligo, Co. Sligo (7:30pm)
  • Tuesday 22nd April – Gullane’s Hotel – Ballinasloe, Co. Galway (7:30pm)

Attendance is free but you must register with National Office using the online form at this link, at least 3 days in advance of the seminar you wish to attend. For further information please contact National Office on 045 854 555 or email info@airc.ie. This information is also available on www.airc.ie.

Dates for our regional qualifiers have been confirmed by Head Office, as follows:

4 May –     Masters Series Qualifier

25 May –   Team Show Jumping Championship Qualifier

6 July –      Team Dressage Championship Qualifier

10 August- Horse Trials Qualifier

Roseleen & Lacoda on the way to Victory in the Intermediate Class

Roseleen & Lacoda on the way to Victory in the Intermediate Class

Well done to all members who attended todays leg of the NW Spring League, especially to Eamon McGee, Paul Curran & Roseleen McGinley who all won in their respective classes. Photos are in the ‘Gallery’.

Please Click on links below for results & points-table to date.

results week 2

Points Table Spring League 2014-week 2



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