Report & Results:
Spring has sprung at Baronscourt Ride
Sunshine was the welcome visitor for ILDRA’s (Irish Long Distance Riding Association) ride at the magnificent Baronscourt Estate on the 25th of March 2018. Numerous pleasure and CTR riders enjoyed riding through the gorgeous scenery of the landscape with the feeling of spring truly being in the air.
Veterinary duties were performed by David Nealon MRCVS, with all horses successfully passing both initial and final vet checks. Several riders have begun to increase their ride distances as the endurance season begins to get underway in preparation for competitions throughout the year, including the prestigious Home Internationals and Celtic Challenge being held in Inverness in Scotland this year.
Daffodil ladened woodlands awaited all riders on their final few kilometres of the ride. As they turned for home, the heights and views afforded by the foothills of the Sperrin Mountains gave way to the peaceful lakes near the Estate House. The youngest riders on the day, Emily Wright on ‘Snowflake’ and Gina Morrison on ‘Pelé’, spent their ride soaking up the sun’s rays near the lakes.
Congratulations go to Jane Hobson riding ‘Glenoran Steps’ who successfully completed her Bronze Qualifier Ride, bringing them one step closer to becoming a Bronze qualified endurance horse and rider. Another notable success of the day was Mary Thompson riding ‘Matutina’. Mary is an experienced endurance rider having represented Ireland at FEI level and she is currently bringing her new horse through the endurance grades with ‘Matutina’ gaining her Bronze Qualifier Ride. In order to gain the Bronze Shamrock qualification, a further CTR ride at the longer distance of 40km is required.
Many thanks to Lord Abercorn and the Baronscourt Estate staff for allowing access to such a stunning location and enabling the riders to enjoy a privileged day out. Also, thanks to the ride organisers of Kathy and Kirsten Conly for marking the venue and running the ride on the day.
ILDRA heads to the North for the next Ulster Branch ride at the rugged location of Cam Forest on the 15th of April, offering Competitive Rides, Pony Club and Pleasure Rides suitable for all. A reminder to CTR and Pony Club riders to enter online or via post with the ride organiser, Morgan Skillen. Further ride details are available on www.enduranceridingireland.com or through ILDRA’s facebook page.
19km (12 miles): Dermot MacGuinness on Shinook, Roseanna Andrews on Arnie
38km (23 miles): Jocelyn Willis on Sam, Ruth Lyness on Autumn Whisper, Mary Thompson on Matutina, Jane Hobson on Glenoran Steps
48km (30 miles): Helen McFarland on Just C’Mall, Tasha Anderson on She Stoops to Conquer
We visit the West and Baronscourt for the 1st time this year
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.