Report & Results:
Endurance riders in Ulster were privileged to enjoy the unparalleled delights of Baronscourt estate in Spring - rampant rhododendrons, late bluebells, frisky lambs, destructive deer and everywhere buzzards wheeling overhead. Competitive riders had the opportunity to train over the demanding trails up and down Bessy Bell and the Pleasure Rides took in the woodland canters through the estate and round the lake.
A cool and cloudy morning provided ideal riding conditions and some crews were even spotted running the trails!
Huge thanks are due to organisers Kathy Conly and Kirsten Conly-Devlin for their tireless work in ensuring the successful running of this ride, including last minute route deviations due to fallen trees. Attending veterinary surgeon, David Neelan MRCVS, was pleased to see the ever-increasing fitness of the horses being competed regularly - perhaps the less said about rider fitness the better !
Notable achievements for the day were Emma Hayes and Yasser Arafat who successfully completed their Silver Shamrock Award with a 64km (40mile) ride and Morgan Skillen with Diamond, who also finished their 64km (40mile) ride in final preparation for their international debut at Seacliff in Scotland next month.
Results Baronscourt CTR
34km Competitive Trail Ride
Karina McVeigh - Cheyenne
Ruth Lyness - Amber
Roseanna Andrew - Arnie
Jocelyn Willis - Sam
38km Competitive Trail Ride
Helen McFarland - Just C'mall
64km Competitive Trail Ride
Emma Hayes - Yasser Arafat
Morgan Skillen - Diamond
We return again to the West for tour 2nd Baronscourt ride of 2017..
Baronscourt Estate is Lord Abercorn’s magnificent seat….the great number of fine oaks and three long narrow lakes which ornament this place give it an air of great grandeur.” While you ride around the estate in spring and early summer you can enjoy the magnificent displays of bluebells, rhododendrons and azaleas. The carefully tended woods along with the lakes create a truly enchanted location in which to ride away from the pressures of modern living.
This ride is not to hilly and suitable for accompanying younger children on foot or bike.
CTRs and Pony Club Rides of up to 80km available - remember you must enter in advance for ALL competitive rides now. Use the new for 2017 on-line system or good old Royal Mail - links to the system and form below - on-line payment will be by credit card, postal entries must be accompanied with payment.