Welcome to Bel-Air Riding Club!
Welcome to Bel-Air Riding Club! Our base is at Bel-Air Hotel and Equestrian Centre in Ashford, Co. Wicklow, where we have access to all the facilities for training, shows, fun and games. The hotel bar also serves a great breakfast at week-ends, and it can be hard enough to drag the non-horsey family members out of the place.
Some of us keep our own horses, others enjoy horses from Bel-Air. We like doing well at shows, of course, but to be honest we are just as much about the social fun with horses. Check out the other areas of this site to see what we are up to. We hope to see you soon at one of our events, with or without your horse. Welcome!
Tinahely Riding Club Derby Day
Venue Coolboy, Tinahely, Co Wicklow Sunday 29th December. Pre Novice, Novice and Open Competitions. Entry 15 euro per round or 25euro for two rounds with the same horse and rider. Open to everyone. Enquiries to Maria Dagg 085 1056141.
Riding Club Stock
The Riding Club numnahs are now back in stock 35. We also have a number of ladies and gents fleeces in oatmeal and also in navy 35. Rugby Shirts 45 and Sweat Shirts 30. Text Noni if you would like to purchase.
Christmas & New Year Timetable
Our Christmas and New Year timetable is available to view under Events (information). We will be closed on Christmas Day, Monday 30th December and New Years Day.
Riding Club Renewals
Its that time of the year again. Riding Club Renewal form is available to print out under Events (information). Please fill in the form and return it to us with your cheque made payable to Bel-Air Equestrian Centre by 20th December 2013.
After the AGM - Dinner in the hotel for anybody who would like to eat. Please book your table with Willie or Aileen in the hotel. At 9pm social gathering in the bar. This is usually a late one and great fun with plenty of chat, craic and music. Come along, bring your friends and family. Everybody welcome. No admission charge.
Annual General Meeting
The Riding Club Annual General Meeting will be held in the Bel-Air Hotel at 7pm on Saturday the 23rd of November. We look forward to meeting you all there.
Over the winter months Pegus Horse Feeds in conjunction with their partners at Thompsons Feed, Liffeys Mills and Dairygold would like to offer the Club an informative evening on Equine Nutrition, Welfare and Health, at their AGM or a private group Workshop. Over the past 6 years, Declan Cullen of Pegus Horse Feeds, was the Equine Feed consultant to Team Ireland supporting all disciplines and levels through two Olympic Games and numerous championships and has also been a part of the Irish three day eventing High Performance Squad from 2007-12 and as a rider winning the Ballindensik International CCI*** has given him a great empathy to understand with the rider, to developing goals and feeding plans that work to support every level of rider and horse. Pegus Horse Feeds firmly believe that education is the key to better welfare and performance of the horse and to remove any" old myths and hear say" about feeding Please let Noni know if you would be interested in this for some time in the new year.
Course Designer Course
Are you interested in taking an exam to become a qualified club level course designer and/or a judge for show jumping? If you are, register your interest by completing the online form and AIRC will contact you shortly about any upcoming exams taking place in your area. Please note, however, that you must be a registered member of a club affiliated to the Association. Register before Friday 8th November 2013. For further information, please go to www.airc.ie.
Hunter Trials Results
The results of our Hunter Trials are now ready to view on this website, under RESULTS. Congratulations to the winners and to everyone who took part.
A big thank you to everyone who turned up to the Hunter Trials on Sunday. We had a fantastic day and all the riders and horses looked fabulous and we hope that you all enjoyed the day. A big thank you to everyone who helped to make the day such a success. There is a hell of a lot of organising that goes into setting up an event like that and we could not have done it without your help. As ever, everyone who could help out on the day did and we very much appreciate the response to our many text messages for help in the run up to the event. Your photos are most welcome and feel free to post them on Facebook. Thanks. Maggie and Noni
We appreciate your help at all our events and we are looking for help for our Hunter Trials on Sunday the 13th of October. Helpers are required from 9.30am to 1pm and from 12.30pm to the finish. Please let Noni know if you are available to help. Thanks very much.
Our AGM will take place in October. Date to be finalised.
October Dates for Cross Country Training
There will be cross country training on Thursday morning the 3rd of October, on Saturday afternoon the 5th of October and on Wednesday morning the 9th of October.
There is a Charity Ride on Sunday 6th October, 11.15am to 3.15pm for all abilities at Ballythomas, Gorey. Suitable for all abilities. Enquiries to Brid 086 8587623 or Kieran 087 9947918. Proceeds to Colaiste Bhride Carnew Equestrian Club.
Bel-Air Hunter Trials - 13th October 2013
We are holding Hunter Trials at Bel-Air - open to everybody (not just riding club) on Sunday the 13th of October. Schedule available to view under EVENTS (information). Anybody available to help on the day, please text Noni. Helpers required from 9.30am to 1pm and also from 12.30pm to finish. Your help and support is much appreciated.
Eventing Clinic with Orla Cassidy - 28 & 29 Sept 2013
Due to the great success of the Eventing Clinic last month with Orla, we would like her to come back again for more on 28th and 29th September. If you would like to take part, please text Noni by Sunday 15th September to book your place.
Eventing Clinic with Orla Cassidy
The times are now available for Saturdays Eventing Clinic under EVENTS (information).
2 Day Training Camp 4 & 5 Sept.
2-day training camp 4th and 5th September. The camp will have a mixture of riding, theoretical horse management and practical stable management. The camps are open to riding school and riding club riders. Cost: 200 euro. If you have more queries, contact Noni on 087 2794392.
National Dressage Championships Mullingar
The Region has been tasked with providing writers for 2 arenas for these championships next Sunday in Mullingar. 2 more volunteers are required - the Clubs participating are Bel Air, Clonough, Brooke Lodge, Foxborough and Hollybrook. Hollybrook have already given 1 writer and 1 scorer plus possibly 1 call up Foxborough have given 1 scorer (they only have 1 entry!) Brooke Lodge have given 1 writer Spruce Lodge who are not competing at all have given 1 call up and Jane who is doing the times, set up on Saturday and all day Sunday Volunteers are needed from Clonough and Bel Air (they need to be able to write for a full session, i.e. not riding at all). If you can volunteer, please let us know asap. Thanks.
Those interested in taking part in this clinic needs to let Noni know by Tuesday 20th Aug. Cost for the clinic is 60 for those with their own horses and 130 with a school horse
Eventing Clinic with Orla Cassidy
We are holding an Eventing Clinic on 31st August and again on the 1st of September. This clinic will be with National Event Rider Orla Cassidy. The Clinic will involve flat and jumping in the morning and a cross country session in the afternoon over one day either Saturday or Sunday. Please text Noni if you are interested. More details to follow.
National Dressage Championships
Entries for the National Dressage Championships close on 8th August. If you would like to enter, irrespective of whether you competed at the Qualifier, you can enter the National Classes for AP, Inter and AI. Mullingar is a great venue and the classes will be on all surfaces.
Thanks so much for making our BBQ such a success. We hope you all enjoyed yourselves as much as we did. Were there a few sore heads on Sunday??!!!
Bel-Air Summer BBQ 3rd August. Fancy a BBQ without the cooking and cleaning? We are having pig on a spit, fresh salads, muisic and craic. Tickets available in the hotel. Advance booking required. Come along and bring your friends for a great night.
Big congratulations to Jennifer Fitz who won the Open Derby at the National Show Jumping Championship and also to Dell Quinn who was placed on the day. Congratulations also to Loraine, Dell and Fiona who qualified for Dressage Championship.
Photos from RC 4th May Hunter Trials
Hi, Andy took some great photos at our riding club hunter trials in May. You find them under Photos here on the site, and they are also available on the Bel-Air R-Club Facebook page. Åsa has high resolution versions of all the images in case you need some for enlargements. Enjoy!
Derby Sat 22nd June
Our Derby Mini Midi Maxi will start at 1.30pm. Course will be ready to be walked at 1pm. Text Noni if you are interested
Bel-Air Summer Show
Our Summer Show will be held on Sunday 7th July 2013. Details under Events (information).
Show Jumping Team Challenge
The results are now available under Results. Very well done to everyone who took part on Sunday, it was a great day and the social was great fun. Thanks to you all for making it a success.
Show Jumping Team Challenge & Social
Teams of 3 for the SJ Team Challenge to include any grade. Show Jumping will be in the arena and the course walk is at 12.30. This is a fun competition followed by a social afternoon with lunch and is usually great fun. If everyone could bring a dish, enough for about 10 people, salads, desserts, breads, etc., would be great. Lunch at approximately 2.30pm. Everybody and their friends and family are all welcome.
Mini Midi Maxi
Mini Midi Maxi on Derby Course on 15th and 22nd of June - Text Noni if you are interested.
SJ Clinic Wednesday 15th
This is just a reminder to let you know you can text Noni if you are interested in our SJ Clinic on Wednesday evening. Times will be up on on Monday.
Results of Hunter Trials
The Results of the In-House Hunter Trials from Saturday 4th May 2013 are now available to view under Results. Well done everybody!
2 Day Training Camps
12 & 13 June and 19 & 20 June details under Events.
SJ Clinics 15 and 22 May 2013
SJ Clinics at Bel-Air on Wednesday 15 and 22 May in the evenings. Please let Noni know if you would like an early or a late time.
May 6th Ashford Country Fair at Bel-Air
The Ashford Country Fair will be held at Bel-Air on May bank holiday Monday. Old-fashioned fun for all the family. Cake and home produce stalls. Farm skills competition. Pets corner. Dog show. Plant stall. Farrier demonstration. Sheep dog demonstration. Kids corner. Crafts. And much more! Dog classes include: Most obedient dog. Most likely to take home dog. Best small dog. Waggiest tail dog and Best dressed dog.
May 15th & 22nd - Show Jumping Clinics with Nick Cousins
Show jumping clinics with Nick Cousins. Evenings Wednesdays 15th and 22nd May. These are open to club members only. Queries and bookings, contact Noni on 087 2794392.
2-day Training Camps in June
We will run 2-day training camps in June. 12-13 June (Advance Primary riders), 19-20 June (Intermediate Riders). More dates to follow. It will be a mixture of riding, theoretical horse management and practical stable management. The camps are open to riding school and riding club riders. Cost: 200 euro. Daily schedule and details are posted under Events. If you have more queries, contact Noni on 087 2794392.
May 4th - List of jumps for hunter trials up
The list of jumps for the hunter trials on Saturday May 4th is up under Events. Start 1 PM. Pairs and singles. Skull caps and back protectors required.
Saturday May 4th, Hunter Trials for Bel-Air riders only
Hunter trials for Bel-Air riders only. Saturday May 4th. Start 1PM. Text Noni if you want to participate.
EH Graded Showjumping League 2013
This League will be in Boswell Equestrian on Saturday 13, 20 and 27th of April and also on Saturday 4th May. Full details, see EVENTS.
Dates for your Diary
On 15th of April at 7.30 in Brennanstown Riding School the South Leinster Region, AIRC are having a training demonstration - Improve your Practical Horse Care Skills - at 7.30. Also, on 29th April at 8pm in the Bel-Air Hotel - An Evening with Jillie Rogers, BHSI, BETCM. More details under EVENTS.
Our Events page has been updated with cross country training dates on 20th and 24th April and in-house Hunter Trials in May. We will be having the Team Challenge and Picnic in June. Some May dates are still to be confirmed for SJ training.
Thanks to everyone to helped make the Hunter Trials on Easter Saturday a success. We couldnt have done it without you. We hope you all enjoyed the day and well done to everone who took part. Even the weather behaved. Photos on the Facebook page.
Dont be Disappointed ....
Please note that you cannot train or enter club competitions unless your club membership has been renewed. Memberships are still coming in and most of you have renewed already. Memberships will be sent in to AIRC every two weeks. Please ensure your membership is paid before entering competitions to avoid disappointment. The membership form is available here on the website under Events (info).
If you are not receiving club text messages, please let Noni know. Also Club Membership Subscriptions are now due. Please note that any late subs will be sent in every 10 days or so. If you need your card for an upcoming event rejoin in lots of time- otherwise you will be disappointed
Good News Story
Last year we had a fund-raiser at Bel-Air for Johnny Byrne who had a tumor in his heart. His only option was to go to London for treatment. At Christmas the surgeons removed the tumor. Last week Johnny was given the all clear and is now cancer free. Johnny sends his thanks and appreciation for all the help and support he has received over the last eighteen months.
Receive AIRC Link-Up Magazine through email
We can now choose whether we want to receive the AIRC Link-Up magazine through the post or through email. To receive it through email, you need to change your account settings on the AIRC website. Go to www.airc.ie and click the Login link. Then change your Link-Up preference to email.
Video of cross-country course
We had Denise and Mark who renewed their marriage vows here last weekend. You can check out the video link below and see for yourself their views on the Bel-Air experience. http://www.thehoneymoontesters.com/2010/08/bel-air-riding.html
The Association of Irish Riding Establishments have just launched their new website. Check it out and see what you think. www.aire.ie
NATIONAL AIRC EVENTS - IMPORTANT INFO
We have received some important information from AIRC. ABOUT ALL NATIONAL AIRC SHOWS: A. All HORSES PARTICIPATING AT NATIONAL EVENTS HAVE TO BE REGISTERED WITH AIRC. There is no fee for this, but it is mandatory. If you want to do the national show juming championships 19th July, you need to get your horse registered ASAP. (Postal entries close Fri 3rd July. Online entries close Fri 10th July.) It seems the horse has to be registered BEFORE you can make your entry. B. ONLINE ENTRIES - Starting with the Show Jumping Championships in July, entries to national events can be made online on the AIRC website. It is also possible to enter through the club secretary on a special form, available from the AIRC website. ALL RIDING CLUB SHOWS: A reminder that all riders must make their own entry at the show, and present their ridingclub card on the day. It is not ok for one person to bring several riders' cards and enter everybody.
Protect Your Horse-Box Register it!
There is a simple way to protect your Ifor Williams horse-box, and make life a bit more difficult for people who steal horse-boxes to sell them on. Ifor Williams keep a register of their boxes; who owns them and whether they are reported stolen. To keep this register up-to-date, you need to do the following: BEFORE YOU BUY A SECOND-HAND BOX Take the serial number of the box. Phone Ifor Williams to check that it is not reported stolen. AFTER YOU BUY A NEW OR SECOND-HAND BOX Register it in your own name. Keep the number safe, so you know it even if the box isn't there. IF YOUR BOX IS STOLEN Report it stolen to Ifor Williams. PHONE NUMBER: Call Ifor Williams on 00441490412626. Ask for Customer Care.