Sorry for the delay, I thought they were lost, but found them on “card” I hadn’t used for a while. Click here for Pics.
Third All-Ireland Championships, Caledon 19/20th August, 2017
Over 50 competitors from Scotland, Cumbria, England and North and South of Ireland congregated at the beautiful Calendon estate, courtesy of the Earl and Countess of Caledon over the weekend of 19/20th August. What a setting and what an event, NICDA did us all proud, the compliments we have received from our visitors from across the water and from down South have all sung our praises and grateful thanks must be extended to Billy McCombe and Alwyn Morrison and team for the excellent course and real old-fashioned solid obstacles.
Even George Bowman was impressed with the situation and the whole setup of Caledon and hopes to come over again in two years time! Some of the competitors, particularly the less experienced found the marathon course to be testing, particularly in section A due to the recent wet weather and there were some very tired animals coming back to the lorries! Considering this was our first time at this new venue, the majority of organisation went very well, certainly there are a few issues which the committee will address at the debriefing meeting but overall everyone found the event to be enjoyable and certainly worthy of the title, the All-Ireland Championships.
Well Done to everyone who contributed to make this one of the most memorable events in our 40 year history!!
Champions and Reserve Champions
Crystal : Sara Hughes
Pre-Novice Pony: Gina Morrison – Kris Rohrssen
Pre-Novice Horse: Dominic Muldoon – Dawn O’Donnell
Novice Pony; Rachel Campbell – Judith Lyttle
Novice Horse: Sara Clinghan – Don Walsh
Novice Pony Pairs: Christine Wright
Paras: Lucy Barclary Emma Golding
Intermediate Pony: Linda Applebe
Intermediate Horse; Jane Isaac
Open Pony: Des Sheridan – Julie Ingram
Open Horse: Edwin Bryson – Alex Bryson
Open Pony Pairs: Ross Ewing – Denise Taylor
Open Horse Pairs; Ger Hennessey – Robert McNeill
Adv. Horse Pairs: Folke Rohrssen
Pony Fours; Angela Smith – Richard Logan
“Glad to report that the total monies raised at the Barn Dance in aid of our Caledon event was £1,742.96!!!! Out of this total is £700 brought in from the Night at the Races so thanks to all the sponsors and punters placing their bets on their fancied fillies (both two and four legged! This money will be used to help with the costs of running Caledon, which is shaping up to be an extra-special event with entries already received from GB competitors including Horse Teams, Advanced Horse Pairs and Intermediate classes plus potential para-driving competitors. Many thanks to everyone who helped to make the Evening such a success!!”
On behalf of all members of NIDCA, can I express our sincere thanks to the Lyons family for their great hospitality in letting us use Jeffrey’s barn for our Country & Western Night. It was a brilliant night from the decorations in the barn, the tasty Cowboy supper served by Sara & Brian, the enjoyable and toe tapping music, the excellent entertainment provided by the Night at the Races – with a Twist. Overall, a fabulous night made extra special by the efforts put in by so many. To see nearly 100 friends and families enjoying themselves as well as raising money for our Caledon event was simply fantastic. Well Done everyone. What a year this is going to be for NICDA!!!!!
Regards Berry (Club Secretary)
“BOBSTOCK” organised by Robert McNeill on the edge of Lough Neagh near Toome.
Dressage & Cones Saturday and Marathon on Sunday. 5 Obs. including a “water” Obs.
Horse-boxes, Caravans & Portable Stables welcome in a designated area. Competitors are welcome to fence of small temporary paddocks. (No stables)
Event open from Friday.. Saturday night there will be “Live Music” and a “Buffet Supper”. Tickets £5+, Proceeds to “aid for syrian refugees”
Don’t forget B.O.B. (Bring Own Booze) Also Catering (Burger Van) on site.
Entries to Berry 02892 651 506 or 0044 2892 651 506 by Tuesday 20th June. Please get your entries in early to give Berry a chance to work-out schedule (times)
Further Info..Contact Robert…07802631252.
Directions…From Belfast take M2, M22, & A6 (no turns) to the roundabout at Toome by-pass..Take Ist exit to Toome, then 2nd road on Left, Shore Rd. Then 3rd road on right -Cargin Road, Approx 2 mls, then follow signs to Parking Field.
Regional Driving Trials Raehills St. Anns, Lockerbie DG11 1HL 29 – 30 July 2017
By kind permission of Lord Johnstone
Organiser: Hamish Reid, Tel. 07951 533588,