Our next club meeting will be held this Friday, 1st August at 8.30pm, in Ostan Loch Altan, Gortahork. Please try to attend if possible.

Well done to Rachael and Ruth for yet another successful training day. Their super efficient organisation skills ensured that everything ran smoothly and all participants got the benefit of excellent tuition on a fantastic course. Unfortunately the girls didn’t quite manage to organise the weather quite as well as everything else, but hopefully they will have this mastered by next year! 

Many thanks to our instructors Charles, Greg, Jacqui and Mandi for their excellent tuition, and to Dirraw Farm for the use of their facilities. 

Many thanks to Rachael for organising the training day and forwarding the schedule of allocated times as listed below.

Lunch will be available at a subsidised price of €5 per person. This will consist of sandwiches, wraps, rolls, hot buffet food, pastries & tea/coffee. If members do not wish to avail of the lunch, please advise by Wednesday at 12.00pm, otherwise it will be assumed that lunch is required and members will be charged on the day. All stables are currently booked and those who have stables booked are reminded that the cost is £10stg, payable on the day.

Time                    Rider                       Club Discipline            Trainer
10.30 – 12.00      Emily Schneider      Donegal Gaeltacht     Showjumping Gary Marshall
12.00 – 1.30        Emily Schneider      Donegal Gaeltacht     Cross Country Charles Maudlin
10.30 – 12.00      Laura Schneider      Donegal Gaeltacht     Showjumping Gary Marshall
12.00 – 1.30        Laura Schneider      Donegal Gaeltacht     Cross Country Charles Maudlin
10.30 – 12.00      Rosaleen Harkin      Donegal Gaeltacht     Showjumping Gary Marshall
12.00 – 1.30        Rosaleen Harkin      Donegal Gaeltacht     Cross Country Charles Maudlin
10.30 – 12.00      John McDaid           Donegal Gaeltacht.    Showjumping Gary Marshall
12.00 – 1.30        John McDaid           Donegal Gaeltacht     Cross Country Charles Maudlin
10.30 – 12.00      Trish Warren            Donegal Gaeltacht     Showjumping Gary Marshall
2.15 – 3.30           Trish Warren            Donegal Gaeltacht     Dressage Mandi King
3:30 – 5:00          Trish Warren            Donegal Gaeltacht     Cross Country Jacqui McPherson
3:30 – 5:00          Laura/Emily Schneider Donegal Gaeltacht Cross Country Charles Maudlin
10.30 – 12.00      Ruth Mc Crossan     Donegal Gaeltacht     Dressage Mandi King
3.30 – 5.00          Ruth McCrossan      Donegal Gaeltacht     Showjumping Gary Marshall

10.30 – 12.00      Rachael McCrossan Donegal Gaeltacht    Cross Country Charles Maudlin
10.30 – 12.00      Eamon McGee         Donegal Gaeltacht     Cross Country Charles Maudlin
2.15 – 3.30          Eamon McGee         Donegal Gaeltacht     Showjumping Gary Marshall
12.00 – 1.30        Mickey McHugh       Donegal Gaeltacht     Showjumping Gary Marshall
2.15 – 3.30          Mickey McHugh       Donegal Gaeltacht     Cross Country Charles Maudlin
12.00 – 1.30        Rudy Schneider       Donegal Gaeltacht      Showjumping Gary Marshall
3:30 – 5:00          Rudy Schneider       Donegal Gaeltacht      Cross Country Jacqui McPherson
12.00 – 1.30        Ryan McBride          Donegal Gaeltacht      Cross Country Jacqui McPherson
3:30 – 5:00          Ryan Mc Bride         Donegal Gaeltacht      Cross Country Charles Maudlin
12.00 – 1.30        Liz Potter                  Donegal Gaeltacht      Cross Country Jacqui McPherson
3.30 – 5.00.         Liz Potter                  Donegal Gaeltacht      Showjumping Gary Marshall
12.00 – 1.30        Lawrence Smyth       Donegal Gaeltacht     Cross Country Jacqui McPherson
3.30 – 5.00         Lawrence Smyth       Donegal Gaeltacht      Showjumping Gary Marshall
2.15 – 3.30         Rosaleen McGinley    Donegal Gaeltacht     Showjumping Gary Marshall
3:30 – 5:00        Rosaleen Mc Ginley  Donegal Gaeltacht     Cross Country Jacqui McPherson


A grand total of 22 riders from the 3 clubs joined us for our inter-club ride out from Logues of Cranford . The weather was great, the Craic was good & the views spectacular from high up in the hills on our 10 mile trek. John McDaids traditional Farriery demonstration proved a great crowd puller with a large gathering of local spectators young & old . The Logue family were truly delighted to see their old ‘family’ forge once again lit & working for the first time in many years. At the end of the evening our donation box was counted & we managed to raise a total of €300 for the local community playground which was presented to the committee . It was a great day out enjoyed by all present .

A big thank you to Logues of Cranford for hosting us & providing us with a great location, to all the members who attended & to farriers John Mcdaid & his apprentice Ciaran for their Farriery demonstration.




More photos in the ‘gallery’

Five club members, Rudy, Laura ,Emily, Trish & Lawrence travelled to Mullingar today for the Showjumping Championships. The ever consistent partnership of Laura & ‘Layla’ claimed an impressive victory in the Advanced Open Championship & the Derby Class with multiple clear rounds. Trish & Emily both had good clear rounds in the Advanced Intermediate Qualifier with Emily & ‘lady’ going on to take an overall 6th place in the Championship. Determined not to be outdone by his 2 daughters – Rudy & ‘boysie’ also jumped clear in the Intermediate Qualifier & finished in overall 2nd place in the Championship. Club chairman Lawrence Smyth & his loyal companion the talented coloured mare ‘merrybelle’ delivered 2nd place in the Advanced Primary Accumulator , the pair then went on to claim an outstanding 1st place in the Advanced Primary Championship. Well done everyone


Lawrence & ‘Merrybelle’


Rudy & ‘boysie’ in the Intermediate Derby


Laura & ‘Layla’ winning the advanced open derby

2-Phase Event

Coleraine RDA are hosting a FUN 2 phase Event on Saturday 23rd August-full details below. This is a non AIRC event & is pre-entry only.


Good Luck to club members Patricia, Lawrence, Rudy, Laura & Emily who will be travelling to Mullingar this Sunday 13th July for the National Showjumping Championships.



A quick update for our members:  The series featuring the riding club has been signed off by the commissioning editor in TG4 who is very pleased with it. The script is currently being written up by Niall Mac Eachmharcaigh from Rannafast and we are looking at an Autumn Transmission for the series. We hope to have a private viewing for club members beforehand which will be discussed closer to the time.



Last weekend, 6 Riders, 7 steeds and our ever loyal supporter,  Rosaleen Smyth, made the long way to Stradbally to compete at the biggest annual amateur event on the AIRC calendar, “The Riding Club Festival”!

It is always nice to do well for your club at National level, but the accomplishments of our team this year, superseded all expectations. With a grand total of 11 rosettes coming back to Donegal it was a very successful weekend indeed.

First up was Patricia on the evergreen “He’s a Dandy, recording the first double clear in the AI show jumping competition in a very fast time of 38.35. In a class of 70 riders she led the way till Emily Schneider rides 2 lovely clears on Raylady. Emily just beats her team mate by half of a second!!! First and second place to the Donegal Gaeltacht!

In the meantime Lawrence and Jenny’s Jigsaw take up the challenge in their AP mixed team show jumping competition and make mincemeat of a very challenging course. Lawrence rides double clear and the team made up out of riders from the Springmount, Dalysgrove, Benbulben and the Donegal Gaeltacht come second.

Next up is Laura schneider on Chloe lass giving it a go at the very imposing AO show jumping class. She claims 3rd place! Sally Mahon claims an admirable 6th place in the open power and speed class on her “classy” new ride “Graf Landlord”. Back into the show jumping arena Patricia on Dandy, always a strong and consistent contender in the power and speed competition, rides to victory in the AI class.

One could be forgiven for thinking “enough is enough” for one days riding, if it were not for the fact that the festival has a second day cramped full of competitions.
In the show ring the AI/O/AO working hunter class is hotly contested! This year it are Chloe lass and Laura Schneider that are chosen after an hour of obscure scrutiny by the judges to the outsider’s view, as the “working hunter champion”! Entering then automatically for the “supreme championship”, the pair eventually finishes as “Supreme reserve champion”!

Not wanting to be outdone by his offspring, Rudy schneider on Boysie rides a good clear round in the individual intermediate class. Going into his jump-off and 5 seconds faster than everyone before they are to be outdone by the last fence on the course… On the other end of Stradbally estate nine teams battle it out for the “Team show jumping Challenge”! Our team only consisting of 3 riders are narrowly beaten by Carne Riding Club who are to claim first spot! We forgive the girls for “only” coming second. Well done indeed, Donegal Gaeltacht!

Full results can be viewed on http://www.airc.ie. Congratulations to all and a very sincere “thank you” to the organizers of this fantastic event and Rosaleen for the always “ready” cuppa!




Well done to all our club members – Emily, Laura, Lawrence, Rudy, Sally & Trisha, who had a very successful weekend at the AIRC Festival in Stradbally. Photographic evidence as shown that it was a very successful event for Donegal Gaeltacht RC. The rosettes and trophies pictured below belonging to the Schneider household are only a portion of those brought back to the Gaeltacht. Further details of the weekend and results will follow shortly.Image

The AIRC Regional Training Day will be held at Dirraw Farm, Finvoy, Ballymoney, Co. Antrim (BT53 7LB) on Sunday 27th July 2014. Dirraw Farm is located approximately 1 hour 45 mins from Letterkenny, and comes recommended by Letterkenny Riding club who competed there in the Hunt Chase earlier this year. Many thanks to Rachael and Ruth for organising the training day. It’s great to have the opportunity of top class training in what is a relatively close location, and if previous years are anything to go by it will certainly be worth the money and effort.

The first lesson will get underway at 10.30am sharp. Lessons will run for 1 ½ hours each with a maximum of six people per lesson. Members may avail of 2 x 1 ½ hour lessons per horse with top trainers at a bargain price of €20.

Training will be available in Show Jumping, Dressage and Cross Country and members can participate in either two different disciplines or two of the same. Anyone wishing to attend must have indicate on the entry form which disciplines (max 2) they wish to train in, their current grade and the grade at which they would like to train. For those who have never tried xc before, please put “intro” as the training grade.

For anyone training in cross country, skull caps and body protectors are mandatory. For other disciplines, body protectors are advised but are at the riders discretion. Correct footwear is essential. An ambulance will be on site for the duration of the training day and fingers crossed their services will not be needed!!

Limited onsite stabling with straw bedding is available on the Saturday night for those who wish to travel up the day before at a cost of £15.00stg which also covers you for all day Sunday or if members want a stable for use inbetween lessons on the Sunday, the cost is £10.00stg. Stabling should be booked directly with Rachael Mc Crossan and should be paid for on the day.

Entries should be made on the official form as attached below (one per member) and forwarded along with training fee to Rachael Mc Crossan, Drumcairn, Manorcunningham, Letterkenny, Co.Donegal before Friday 18th July 2014. Lesson times for individual members will be advised no later than Wednesday 23th July 2014. If anyone has any queries in relation to the training day please contact Rachael on 087-2128031 by text before 6pm or text/phonecall after 6pm, or email dreamcakesbyrachael@gmail.com

AIRC Regional Training Day 2014 Entry form


Ryan & Bud enjoying last years Training Day in Monaghan

Ryan & Bud enjoying last years Training Day in Monaghan under the watchful eye of instructor Charles Maudlin

Training Day  July 2013

Training Day July 2013- Adv Primary cross country class

Annaharvey Riding Club are holding a One Day event on Sunday, 6th July at Annaharvey Farm, Tullamore. Further details can be found in the schedules below.

Annaharvey Riding Club

AH ODE Entry Sheet



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