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…


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, Gary, 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


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