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!
There has been a change of date for Bel-Air Hunter Trials. Its now on Sat 4th Oct and is open to all. Details available under Events (information).
Bel-Air this Autumn
Autumn is fast approaching and we have added a few things in events that will interest you in September/October. These include XC training, and Hunter Trials. The Bray Hunter Trials and the Bel-Air Hunter Trials are non-riding club events and are open to all. We would appreciate any help you can give on the 4th of October. Please text Noni thanks. Also, you can check our website www.belairhotelequestrian.com and Facebook for details on Show Jumping/Flatwork lessons.
National Dressage Championships
Good luck to Oona, Siun, Olive and Ken who are competing for Bel-Air at the Championships. If any one would like to help out on the day in Mullingar for a few hours pleases let Noni know as soon as possible
We will have derby training on Sat 16th Aug in the afternoon. Text Noni if interested
Well done to our 2 teams who competed at the regional dressage qualifiers. Special congrats to Oona, Siun, Ken and Olive on qualifying for the Nationals
We will be holding a derby jumping competition for Bel-Air Club members on Sat 23 Aug in afternoon. Training sessions in advance of competition to be announced
Iinformation, entry forms, etc are now available for next months Connollys Red Mills Dressage Championships. To view and/or download this information, click on this link: http://www.airc.ie/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=256:connolly-s-red-mills-dressage-championships&catid=24&Itemid=240
Congratulations to Jennifer Fitzpatrick who won the Open 1m10 derby in the AIRC National Show Jumping Championships for the second year running and was 2nd in the Open 1m10 Championship final. This is a wonderful achievement for Jennifer and great representation for Bel-Air Riding Club. Congratulations also to Dell Quinn who won her Accumulator class. It is wonderful to see the Bel-Air Riding Club Members doing so well at these events. We are so proud of Jennifer and Dell on their achievements. Well done girls. )
Summer Show Results
Congratulations to everyone who took part in our Summer Show on Sunday. We hope you enjoyed yourselves and thank you to everyone who helped on the day and in the run up to it. We would not be able to do it without your help and support. Congratulations to Louise Duffy, our Champion and to our very own Darina Marks on Reserve Champion. The results are available under RESULTS (view results).
Well done David and Higo - great performances in UK
Congratulations David Freeney and Higo (CLS Hidalgo if we want to be fancy) who have spent a very successful week competing in UK. They went to the Dressage Masters Championship in Hickstead, and managed to fit in two more affiliated dressage shows while on the road. And they did very well indeed. First an Elementary class at Hartpury College on Sunday: red rosette. Dressage Masters Novice Championship in Hickstead on Tuesday: 5th place. And to round it all off nicely: 1st place in TWO Elementary classes at Home Farm Equestrian in Cheltenham on Friday. Well done and well deserved!!
Sunday 29th June 2014
Derval Diamond will be coming to Bel-Air this Sunday to give a demonstration in lunging. €5 per person starting at 1.30pm. We are having a social afternoon afterwards from 2.30pm and we would love to see you and your friends/family. Also, if that wasnt enough, there will be a vintage car rally - something for everybody. Hope you can make it.
Connollys Red Mills National Show Jumping Championships
The Connollys Red Mills National Show Jumping Championships take place at Mullingar Equestrian Centre Co. Westmeath on Sunday 13th July 2014. The schedule and other information is available on their website www.redmills.ie
We are having our annual Social afternoon on Sun 29th June at 2.30pm after the Lunging demo. Bring along family and friends to catch up with everyone and have lunch. Please bring a dish of salad dessert etc for the lunch
We are holding Derby training on the evenings of Wed 25th & Tues 1st July in preparation for our Summer Show. Text Noni if interested
Dressage and Derby Training
Stephen Byrne cannot make Wed 25th June for Dressage training so we will hold Derby training on that evening instead. Wed 2nd, 9th & 16th are going ahead as planned. Text Noni to book your place. All welcome
Summer Show Update
Lots of help required to help set up for our show and also on the day. Text Noni if you can help out. Details of our Summer Show on Sunday 6th July are now available under Events (info).
On Sunday 29th June we will have a lunging demonstration at Bel-Air with Derval Diamond at 1.30pm. It will be €5 to attend.
Mini Midi Maxi
This Saturday 17th May Mini Midi Maxi in Bel-Air. 1.30 start.
Riding Club Festival
AIRC are looking for volunteers for this years Riding Club Festival on 7 and 8 June at Stradbally. You will find the form under EVENTS. If you would like to volunteer, please fill in the form and indicate which job and day you would like to volunteer. Due to the size of the event, a huge number of stewards is required to ensure the event is viable and a success. Forms to be sent to AIRC no later than 23rd May 2014.
Russeltown Links to Photos
Below are the links to photos taken at Russeltown. http://s1144.photobucket.com/user/rtownode2014/library/Open%20Advanced%20Inter http://s1144.photobucket.com/user/rtownode2014/library/Green%20Horse%20Inter http://s1144.photobucket.com/user/rtownode2014/library/Advanced%20Primary
Stag & Stallion Art Exhibition
The Doorway Gallery, 24 South Frederick Street, Dublin 2 are having an exhibition by Kerry Artist Tony OConnor, opening night 29th May. For more information go to www.thedoorwaygallery.com
Hunter Trials 18th April 2014
Congratulations to everyone who took part in the Hunter Trials on Good Friday. A beautiful day and well done to our red rosette winners, Dell, Rachel, Dermot and Eilis and Rachel and Ady. The results are now up under results.
Good Friday Hunter Trials
11.30am start - pairs and singles.(BA only) Can go in any order. Dont forget stocks and body protectors. Info and list of fences available to view under Events (information). Best of luck to you all.
Claire Lambert SJ Clinic on 27th April
SJ Clinic with Claire Lambert on Sunday 27th of April. 1 hour groups of 4 €40 own horse/€80 school horse. Please book your place by the 20th of April.
SJ Training with Lyn Clements
April 23, May 30 and May 7th Show Jumping Training with Lyn Clements in Bel-Air (Wednesday evenings) 1 hour lesson, groups of four €20 own horse/€55 school horse. Those of you who are interested in competing in the RDS Qualifier on the 18th of May need to attend the SJ training with Lyn and also the EH League in Boswell.
The results of the Hunter Trials are up on Facebook. Bel-Air R Club and Bel-Air Equestrian Centre.
Thanks to everyone who helped make the Hunter Trials a success on Sunday. Thanks to you it was a very smoothly run event. Well done and you know we couldnt do it without you.
Kizzy Cup Results
Congratulations to our winner Aisling and to everyone who took part. The results are now available to view under Results (view results).
Hunter Trials 30th March 2014
Our Hunter Trials Notice is now available to view under Events (Information).
Dressage League 8th March
Times are now available to view under Events (information). Best of luck everyone.
If you are not receiving club text messages, please let Noni know.
Dressage League 2nd March Results
The results are now available to view under Results (view results). Well done everybody.
Kizzy Cup Dressage League
The tests for the Kizzy Cup Dressage League are:- Prim/Y Horse AIRC2 2007 Adv. Prim AIRC2 2007 Inter AIRC10 2008 AI AIRC17 2008 Open AIRC25 2009. Riders will ride the test twice on each day. All tests go towards the league. Copies of the tests can be downloaded from the www.airc.ie
Riding Club Cards
Riding Club Membership Cards are now at the reception of the hotel, to be picked up. The next batch of cards will be sent in next Monday.
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.
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.
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.
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.