Not our day but the spirit of competition alive and well.
This year the Home Internationals and Celtic Challenge were held in Yetholm in Scotland on the 16th and 17th of August. Last year (2013) the Irish team won the Home International at Barbery Castle, England. We were determined to defend this title and put a strong team forward.
The Home International and Celtic Challenge are competitions run on an annual basis with each of the four countries, Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales, taking turns to host the event. This year it was Scotland’s turn and a very professional job they did. SERC are to be commended on their hosting of the event throughout.
The event is made up of teams of riders of different ages and levels of experience from juniors and 40km rides to the challenging 2 day 160km rides for the most experienced and fittest of riders and horses.
Sadly victory evaded the Irish team but some very impressive individual performances were produced by horses and riders.
World Equestrian Games - WEG
Congratulations to both Helen McFarland and Tom MacGuinness who both qualified for the World Equestrian Games held in Normandy at the end of August. Unfortunately, along with nearly 80% of the entrants they both failed the vet at different stages, Helen with only 1 short loop to go, but the achievement of qualifying and the experience of competing at this prestigious event for both riders and crews was both enjoyable and a big learning curve.
Congratulations to both riders on qualifying, no easy task on its own, and their crews.