Report & Results:
The eagerly awaited St. Patrick's Coast Endurance Ride takes in many facets of the County Down landscape from rolling drumlin hills, forested trails, vast farmland acres to old railway lines, but one of the most enjoyed part of this ride is the extensive sandy beach sections of Tyrella. Many riders await getting a good gallop across the flat sands or taking the opportunity to cool their horse's legs in the sea.
With the ride date soon coming up on Saturday the 7th of September, members of the St. Patrick's Coast Committee have been busy organizing and clearing many sections of the extensive routes offered by this ride. The committee was extremely pleased to be joined by so many volunteers on the 3rd of August at Tyrella to take part in beach clean. Several hours were spent collecting the array of litter on the beach ranging from golf clubs to false teeth! Numerous bags were collected across several hours helping to clean this beautiful area of countryside surrounding the magnificent Mourne Mountains.
St. Patrick's Coast would like to thank Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful for supplying the bags, litter-pickers and very fetching hi-vis vests! We would encourage everyone to take pride in our local countryside and help, even just picking up one piece of litter makes a difference! The committee extends its thanks to all who came to help out on the day and would greatly appreciate any further help in the run up to the day of the event or on the day of the ride. The amount of work and preparation to organize a ride on the scale of St. Patrick's Coast is phenomenal and requires the support of horse riders and any friends or family you can convince to help in order to run and continue every year. If anyone wishes to help-out please contact us through our Facebook page for St. Patrick's Coast Endurance Ride.
Following their hard work at the beach clean, the volunteers headed into Downpatrick for lunch at Murphy's Bar and Restaurant, who are great supporters and sponsor of St. Patrick's Coast providing catering for the Farmer's BBQ on the ride day to thank the many land-owners involved in this event.
Many riders will be pleased to hear that the entries for St. Patrick's Coast 2019 have now opened and you are now able to enter online. Please take note of our new classes for 2019 for special categories such as Western Horses and Racehorse to Riding Horse as well as our new competition class for Pleasure Riders to enter as a team and win some fabulous prizes by simply riding out with friends and taking part and learning about the vetting procedure in endurance. You never know you might catch the endurance bug!
Please read our Beach Clean Safety Guidance Notes.
In advance of this years St. Patrick's Coast Ride ILDRA are organising a Beach Clean at Trella Beach.
Apart from helping the ride by removing litter etc. from the beach it is of course a very worth task. Beaches really do end up with so much rubbish being washed up now days.
"Removing harmful plastics, bits of lost fishing gear and polluting domestic rubbish from our beaches will help to ensure that seals and seabirds do not get entangled, fish and other marine animals do not swallow pieces of plastic and that we have beautiful clean beaches for our holidays."
The Great British Beach Clean kicks off across the UK between 20th and 23rd Sept so lets get it off to a good early start and see what impact we can have on the ocal beach we ride on for our events.
Please come along - also see the Facebook event and say you are going or just turn up on the day.
Please bring some good gardening type gloves as well to protect your hands.
It is planned that some of the team turning up may go and find a pub lunch after so why not join in that as well.