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ILDRA has now announced all the dates for the branch and national AGMs and full details can be found on the calendar in this web site.
First off the mark is the Leinster Branch with their meeting on Saturday 4th November at 6:30pm. (Venue still to be confirmed)
Ulster Branch follow with their branch AGM being held at Woodville House, Lurgan at 7:30pm on Friday 10th November.
Both meetings will host the branch AGM followed by the presentation of Branch Awards. You must apply for awards you are eligible for using the forms available and applications must be in by the appropriate date - see the Calendar Event for details and a link to the awards forms.
The Main iLDRA AGM and Dance is being held at the City North Hotel, Balbriggan on Saturday 6th January. The AGM will be at 4pm and the annual dinner at 7:30pm.
In the event that an Irish Endurance Team qualifies for the World Equestrian Games in Tryon, USA, Sept 2018 - Horse Sport Ireland is seeking a Chef D'Equipe for Ireland's team. The position will be filled on a voluntary basis.
Closing date for application is; Monday, 14th August 2017 @ 5.00pm
For any queries in relation to the vacancy please contact the Horse Sport Ireland Equestrian Sport Manager, Triona Connors, on:
T: 045 854 519 | International +353 45 854 519
Equestrian Sport Productions, who are organising WEG, have just informed us that the Endurance Test Event is being rescheduled from October 2017 to April 2018 - Actual dates have still not been announced.
Availability to attend this event is not part of the "Essential Criteria" for this post.
Results for the Irish Squad competing at the
1st Wales (4 riders home)
2nd Scotland (4 riders home)
3rd Ireland (3 riders home)
1st Young Rider - Madison Flaherty (IRE)
2nd Young Rider award - Belle Walsh (IRE)
Linden 170km 3 Day
1st Helen McFarland on She Stoops to Conqueror (Polly)(IRL)
Linden 120km 2 day
6th Morgan Skillen on Diamond (IRL)
Linden Best Young Rider
1st Morgan Skillen on Diamond) (IRL)
Lindem - Nicest Person Award
1st Andrea O'Carroll - Ireland Team Chef(IRL)
The 2017 Home Internationals and Celtic Challenge Competitions are being held at the EMERALD GREEN FEEDS LINDUM SPIRIT ride at Market Rasen Racecourse next weekend (Fri 28th Sun 31st Aug).
Ireland are sending two teams and we wish them luck.
The final teams will be decided once everyone is in-site at the strat of teh competitioons but tose travelling are:
We wish them a safe journey and the best of luck in te competition - bringhome the silverware...
Six members of ILDRA (Irish Long Distance Riding Association) had a superbly successful weekend in Seacliff, Scotland at the International FEI Endurance competition. Three members from Ulster Branch - Helen McFarland, Morgan Skillen and Jacob Morrow and three from Leinster Branch - Mary Thompson, Andrea O’Carroll and Nicola Boud Tighe pulled out all the stops and achieved three 1* accreditations and two 2* accreditations. As a club we are ecstatic with the performance of our riders in Seacliff, Scotland. Indeed this was Morgan Skillen’s and Mary Thompson’s first ever International event (FEI) and both were immensely proud of their achievements.
The event itself required the riders and their horses to cross open countryside for 80Km (50miles) or 120Km (75miles) in a race style competition and a huge debt of gratitude is owed to local farmers and landowners who allowed the ride access - even to the extent of mowing miles of field verges! The track traversed forests, open fields, beaches, disused railway lines and roadways, with competitors enduring temperatures of 26C and more in over 8-10 hours of riding and vetting, Alpacas, pheasant, hare, buzzard and deer were some of the natural hazards encountered by the riders, with crop scarers and kites also providing something of a challenge for their horses.
However, unlike a normal race where the first person to cross the finishing line is the outright winner, this event requires meticulous vetting of the horses after every 30-40Km. If the rider pushes their horse too fast just to be first over the finishing line the horse could suffer an injury, be dehydrated, have a heart rate which is too high (meaning exhaustion) or go lame and in these instances the International Vets can only decide to eliminate both horse and rider from the competition. The safety of the animal and the rider is always paramount to finishing the race and gaining the qualification.
To succeed in Endurance requires a full understanding of and a huge bond between the rider and their horse, listening and watching for any tiny change that shows a sign of an unhappy animal, total trust in each other and a desire to spend many hours together.
So after an exhilarating, adrenaline filled and exceptionally hot day, endurance and perseverance have paid off for these determined long distance riders in the International circuit.
Thanks must go to all the team and crew who travelled and helped as well as Tom MacGuinness and Horseware Ireland for supporting the team and making it possible for so many to travel.
FEI CIE ** 120km (75 miles)
7th: Helen McFarland riding She Stoops to Conqueror
7th: Nicola Boud Tighe riding Inchaallah Claddah
FEI CIE 1* 80km (50 miles)
2nd: Mary Thompson riding Asperila
Ret: Andrea O'Carroll riding Kildalton Spice
FEI CIE 1* YR 80km (50 miles)
1st: Jacob Morrow riding Tambo
2nd: Morgan Skillan riding The Hollows Diamond