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


Tommy & ‘Carosa Lady’


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


Well done to everyone who took part in today’s first leg of the Spring League, it was lovely to see all those familiar faces again gathering to enjoy the day, results are below.  Week 2 of the League will be next Sunday 15th February.

Results-  week 1

Points Table-  Points Table- Week 1


Ryan & Calamity Jayne

Rosaleen & Hazel

Rosaleen & Hazel


Emily & Layla


Liz & Clyde


Carla & Action


Roseleen & Lacoda


Manus & Killi


Lawrence & Jack


John & Smithy Breeze

Sadbha & Gypsy

Sadbha & Gypsy

It’s less than a week to the start of this years Spring League on Sunday 8th February , below is a copy of the official schedule . The Entries desk will open at 10:30am with the first class the x-poles kicking off at 11:00am sharp, please remember to bring your AIRC membership card & equine passport with you . This years league will be slightly different in that your points from your best 3 out of the 4 shows before the final will be counted towards your total , as in previous years there will be double points up for grabs and “novelty classes” at the final on 22nd March. For any members wanting to fine tune their Showjumping we will be holding a training session in Templemore this Wednesday evening 4th February from 7:00pm please RSVP to Trish .

NB. Our club will be responsible for the smooth running of the 4th leg of the league on Sunday 8th March , all volunteers greatly appreciated, as the saying goes many hands make light work!!

We look forward to seeing you all there on Sunday !!

Spring League 2015


The club will be holding 2 training sessions in Templemore in the run up to the first leg of the NW Spring League on Sunday 8th February.

The dates are as follows-
Wednesday 28th January | 7:00pm
Wednesday 4th February | 7:00pm

Please contact Trish to confirm your place as we need to know definite numbers.

Some of our members attended the Donegal Harriers Hunt Ball recently


New Members

We would like to welcome 2 new members , Gillian Parke & Hazel Mahoney .
Gillian will be riding her grey Connemara mare “Minty” at Primary Level Grade. Hazel will be joining us as an “associate” member whilst being a member of Letterkenny RC also .
We look forward to welcoming both ladies into our monthly club activities !!

Dates for this years annual NW Spring league were finalised at last nights meeting of the Donegal Clubs. They are as follows-

Week 1| Sunday 8th February

Week 2| Sunday 15th February

Week 3| Sunday 1st March

Week 4| Sunday 8th March

FINAL | Sunday 22nd March

As in previous years the league will take place at Templemore EC on the outskirts of Derry, and the four clubs will take it in turns to run each leg of the league.
This year will see a slight change to the points scoring system in that it will be your best points from 3 out of the 4 shows before the final that will be counted towards your total score , there will also be double points up for grabs at the Final.

There will be a four week gap between the end of the Spring League & the National Hunter Trials, just enough time to get yourself & your horse finely tuned in to a healthy cross country mode!!!

With only a few hours to wait……. The day of our clubs TV debut has finally arrived, tune in to TG4 @9:30pm. For anyone abroad or those who may not have the TG4 channel do not despair, the programme can be viewed online using the TG4 player, go to website http://www.TG4.ie



This years Regional dinner dance is in the Athlone Springs hotel on Saturday 31st January. Tickets are priced at €27, drinks reception at 7.30pm and meal at 8.30pm. Any members wishing to attend please contact Trisha to organise Tickets.

Ar Mhuin na Muice agus na gCapall (OS)
Ar Mhuin na Muice agus na gCapall (OS)
An intimate portrayal of events inside a remote community of horse-riding enthusiasts, this series follows a year in the life of the Donegal Gaeltacht Riding Club. In the first programme, it’s horses not reindeer that Santa Claus is preparing for the task of pulling his sleigh on his visit to Falcarragh, we hear how the oldest member of the club took up the sport at the ripe old age of 67, builder Eamonn McGee attempts his first jump and has his first fall and we find out how the North West League is progressing for the Donegal Gaeltacht Riding Club.

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