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!


Updates in Events
Lots of new events added to our Events list. Mini/Midi/Maxi, SJ Training dates with Lyn and Dressage Training with Stephen. Slaney Cup and in house Summer Show dates added.
National Hunter Trials Championships
Connollys RED MILLS is renewing its sponsorship of the National Hunter Trials Championships, National Show Jumping Championships and National Dressage Championships for 2015. Please note that information and postal entry forms for next months National Hunter Trials championships sponsored by Connollys Red Mills are now available on www.airc.ie. Online entries can be made via your membership online account. Please note horses must be registered in advance of entering and members are encouraged to register their horses early.
Lecture - Monday 23rd Feb
We are looking forward to having Sandra McCracken talk on Monday 23rd March at Bel-Air. The topic is First Aid - Injuries that happen when away from home at show/hunting and how to deal with them. Details under Events (information). Hope to see you all there.
AIRC Rule Book - changes
Please note that the AIRC Rulebook has been updated for 2015 and is now available to download on www.airc.ie. The changes are highlighted in red and please remember that under rule 3, a, it is the members responsibility to read and familiarise themselves of the rules and regulations which govern our sport.
Riding Hats
The Association of Irish Riding Clubs is to phase out the use of riding hats with the standalone (BS) EN1384 standard from next year. This follows the decision of the European Union to withdrawn the hat standard from the Official Journal of the European Union. A.I.R.C. will permit (BS) EN1384 hats in 2015 but not thereafter. All hats will be retagged in 2016. If you are buying a new hat, please make sure that it has the PAS 015 standard mark or ASTM F1163 or Snell 2001 or AS/NZS 3838 and is Kitemarked, as the EN1384 standard alone will not be approved in 2016. Approved hat standards include the following: - EN 1384 (it is strongly recommended that it is prefixed by BS (British Standard) This standard on its own will be phased out at the end of 2015 after which it will be no longer permitted for A.I.R.C. activities. - PAS 015 (1998) - ASTM F1163 with SEI mark, - Snell E2001 - AS/NZS 3838: 2006 with SAI global mark
Dressage Test Change to 2015 list for AIRC Competitions
The list of dressage tests for A.I.R.C. national competitions has been amended. The change affects advanced intermediate riders at the National Dressage Championships. The morning test has been replaced with British Dressage 34 (2009). The change was introduced as the previous test was withdrawn by British Dressage. The updated list is available at this link: http://www.airc.ie/index.php?option=com_zoo&task=item&item_id=187&Itemid=250
Hunter Trials 29th March 2015
We are delighted to say we are having an OPEN TO ALL Hunter Trials on the 29th of March. Details under Events (information).
Lecture - Monday 23rd Feb
Details of our upcoming lecture this Monday night, the 23rd of February. Details under Events (information). We hope you can all attend this informative evening.
Kizzy Cup 2015 Results
Congratulations to you all on a really enjoyable Kizzy Cup. The results are now up under Results (view results). Congratulations to our winner, Suzanne. Well done.
South Leinster Region & AIRC Training Programme for 2015
Saturday 7 March Marlton Stud Dressage Clinic with Gerald Bloomer and a Show Jumping Clinic with Peter OToole. Friday 3 April Barnadown Show Jumping Clinic with Peter OToole and a Cross Country Clinic with Luke Drea. Book through Club Secretary. More information on Facebook or contact Hilary on 086 8239515.
Dates added to Events Page
We have updated the Events list. MMM 1st March. Indoor Derby Schooling with Noni on Tuesday evenings 24 Feb, 10 March and 24 March. XC Training with Noni on Sat afternoon 21 March. Also two lectures coming up on the 23rd Feb and the 25th of March.
TG4 Programme - Ar Mhuin na Muice agus na gCapall
Did you see the TG4 programme Ar Mhuin na Muice agus na gCapall? If you missed it, you might still catch it on the TG4 player. If you enjoyed it, it would be really helpful if you would send TG4 an email to say how you enjoyed the series as they do take on board feedback from viewers. This may help in getting future equestrian related programmes commissioned. Also, the production company Imagine Media and the AIRC would appreciate if you would drop an email to micheal.o.meallaigh@tg4.ie.
Kizzy Cup 8th Feb Results
Well done to everyone who turned out on Sunday what a gorgeous day we had for the Kizzy Cup. The results are now up under Results (view results).
Riding Club texts
Gremlins seem to have got into our RC text system and not everyone seems to be receiving texts. If you did not get a text about an extra stephen lesson in last few days please send Maggie 0872949495 a message telling her you are not receiving texts
Kizzy Cup TIMES for 8th Feb
The times for warm up and dressage competition are now up to view under Events (information). Best of luck everyone. Results will be posted here on Tuesday, Score sheets can be picked up in yard during the week
Tinahely Riding Club Hunter Trials
Tinahely Riding Club are having Hunter Trials Open to All on Sunday 15 Feb at 10am at Tinahely Riding Club Grounds, Coolboy. Contact 085 1056141 if you would like more information.
South Leinster Region Awards Leadearboard
The South Leinster Region Awards Leaderboard can be viewed on this website under Events and the date 2015-01-30.
Regional Awards
A great night was had by everyone at the first Regional Awards Night. Big congratulations to our prizewinners - Dell Quinn, Dermot Folan, Olive Ramsey, Loraine Fegan, Niamh Nolan Well Done!
Kizzy Cup Dressage Tests
The tests will be as follows Advanced Primary BE90 Test 95 2012 Intermediate IPC Novice Eventing 2013 Advanced Intermediate BE 100 Test 102 2010 Open BE Novice Test 110 2012 Advanced Open BE Novice Test 110 2012 Young Horse BE 90 Test 95 2012
South Leinster Region Awards Evening
You are invited to an Awards evening at Bel-Air Hotel on Saturday the 24th of January. Doors 7.30pm for dinner at 8pm. Tickets €20. Presentations will be made in all categories and grades. Tickets available from Darina or from Hilary 086 8239515 or Deborah 086 3746248. Quite a few from the club will be awarded. Poster available to view under EVENTS (info).
Events Update
Events page on this website has been updated today. Check it out to see what we have in store for you.
Inter Club Dressage League at Marlton
Foxborough Riding Club Inter Club Dressage League at Marlton on Sundays 15th and 22nd Feb and 1st and 8th March. For more information contact Alison Vines on 086 3413243 after 4pm.
Marlton Stud - Masterclass in Dressage
Eastern Region Dressage is presenting a masterclass with International Grand Prix Dressage Rider and List One Judge Dane Rawlings at Marlton on Friday 20th Feb 7pm to 10pm. For more information contact David Freeney on 087 7802097 or Katriona Hall on 083 3637044.
MMM at Boswell Equestrian
Foxborough Riding Club MMM Challenge Competition at Boswell Equestrian Centre (Top Arena) on Sunday 1st Feb at 10am. For more information contact Sandra on 086 0590805 or Eamonn on 087 2510802.
Marlton Stud - Dressage Test Riding Clinic
Dressage Test Riding Clinic on the 25th of January in Marlton Stud. It’s a great way for riders to understand what the judges are looking for and how to gain the good marks. For more information email rockinbobblue@hotmail.com
Happy Christmas
We would like to thank everyone who supported us throughout the year. We wish you all a very Happy Christmas and look forward to seeing you all over the coming few days or in the new year. HAPPY CHRISTMAS
Mini/Midi/Maxi - Change of date
We have rescheduled MMM to Sat 27th Dec. Anyone who is interested please text Noni
Club Membership 2015
It is that time of the year again when the riding club membership is to be renewed. The form is available under Events (information). Please print, fill and return it to us before the 20th of December. €140 cheques made payable to Bel-Air Equestrian Centre. Thanks.
IHWT Tack Car Boot Sale
There will be a Tack Car Boot Sale at Bel-Air on Sunday 30th November 10am to 2pm. All cars €10. For more information go to Events (information) or contact Rhona 087 9045167. Please support if you can. Thanks.
Clonough Riding Club
Clonough RC have cancelled their Derby on the 2nd Nov but will have a X Country Lecture and Lesson on instead.
Hunter Trials 4th October 2014
Thank you to everyone who took part in making our Hunter Trials last Saturday such a success. The results are now available under RESULTS (information). Well done everyone.
Hunter Trials
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
Derby Training
We will have derby training on Sat 16th Aug in the afternoon. Text Noni if interested
Dressage Qualifiers
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
Derby Jumping
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
Dressage Championships
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
Social Afternoon
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
Derby Training
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).
Lunging Demonstration
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.
Text Messages
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.
Equine Nutrition
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.
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.

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