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!
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.
XC Fence Painting
We hope to have the XC fences painted for the Hunter Trials on the 30th of March. Come anytime you are free to do a couple of fences. Your help is very much appreciated.
Notice of Changes in some dates
The XC Training that was scheduled for the 15th of March, will now be on the 16th of March due to the Hunt being at Bel-Air on the 15th. The XC Training on 19th of March will be from lunchtime. The XC Training that was scheduled for 22nd of March is now going to be on the 21st of March at 11am due to the Bray Hunter Trials on the 22nd March.
Cross Country Fences
It is that time of the year again for creosoting the fences. Creosote and paint is ready and waiting. If you have a spare half hour or so there are a lot of fences to be done. Your help is much appreciated. Please bring your own brush and wear old clothes! Roll on Sunday 30th March Hunter Trials!! :-)
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.