Thankfully now, with the current Government announcement and plans we are in a position to commence our 2021 season. We are delighted to welcome back all of our members from last year and membership is open to new members who wish to join. We will be kicking off the season on the 23rd of May in Wolfhill, we are currently restricted to members only but hope that will change on the next opening date in June. We will be publishing our calendar in the coming weeks.
While we have not published our calendar, be assured we do have plans for 2021, we are currently waiting to see when the restrictions will relax to allow us to recommence running our events. We will, as always, be holding our events on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month, once we can start the season. In the meantime we have decided to run equestrian Pilates classes for 5 weeks in order for us all to get ready to the return to the saddle!
We have been in contact with Victoria (Toria) Moore who is a chartered physiotherapist and Pilates instructor and also a keen equestrian. She has developed a class geared towards those of us who ride. The cost of the class will depend on the numbers, so if you are interested please contact Anne on firstname.lastname@example.org or through our facebook page before the 31st of Jan.
All we will be hosting our 2020 Annual Meeting online on the 13th of December, this is open to members only and we will be discussing plans for next season. This event is open to all members and information has been sent out, if you have received any correspondence please contact the Secretary on email@example.com. Looking forward to catching up with you all.
Tellus Survey aircraft to begin flying over the south east of Ireland.
Conducted by the Geological Survey Ireland (GSI), the Tellus survey collects geochemical and geophysical data on rocks, soil and water across Ireland.
To collect this data, the latest phase of the survey will involve a low-flying aircraft flying from August 2020 until the end of the year (weather permitting) over Counties Laois, Kilkenny, Tipperary and Waterford, and neighbouring parts of Kildare, Carlow, Offaly and Cork. For up to date information and the planned weekly flight schedule, please visit www.tellus.ie.
The aircraft will fly at a low level of 60 metres over rural areas (approximately eight times the height of a standard two storey house), rising to 240 metres over urban areas. The sound of the plane is similar to that of a passing lorry and it may startle sensitive livestock, such as horses, pedigree cattle, sheep-in-lamb and poultry flocks. The speed of the aircraft is about 216 km/h or 130 mph.
As it is vital to raise public awareness of the project, particularly amongst farmers and animal owners, the Tellus team is delivering an ongoing communications campaign across the region to ensure all stakeholders are informed. If you have any concerns about the survey, particularly if you own sensitive livestock and you would like to be kept informed of latest flight plans in your area, you can contact the Tellus Freephone information line on 1800 45 55 65 or visit www.tellus.ie. You can also follow Tellus on twitter, @TellusGSI
Due to restrictions put in place by the Government, Endurance Ireland are postponing all events during the restriction period, this includes our virtual ride series. Please click on the link below to find the most up to date information available for the equestrian community from HSI. Stay safe everyone #thespiritofendurance
Endurance Ireland has been requested by England, Scotland and Wales to cancel the Home Internationals and Celtic Challenge 2020 because of the uncertainty of the Covid-19 virus.
Endurance Ireland has agreed to this request given the current situation worldwide.
Due to the coronavirus – COVID-19 outbreak and in line with HSI direction, Endurance Ireland will not be running events up to the 19th of April and we will keep of advised of whether or not this will be extended.
On the 12th of April, which was the day we were running Inistoige, any member who trains on their own or with their riding partner can map their ride, using any of the main training apps, send us a screenshot and we will log your trail mileage. We are trying to make a positive from this negative so this Sunday, head out on your horse and ride in spirit with our other club members. Send your screenshots to firstname.lastname@example.org or pm our facebook plage. If you are posting online, use the hashtag #thespiritofendurance.
Remember we have a number of trail riding trophies and mileage rosettes available so you might as well stay clocking up those miles to alleviate the boredom! Stay safe everyone and we hope to see you all soon.
We are using a new method of booking in for rides this year and would ask everyone to take part as this is how we will update you on any changes to the event. The link to book will be in the event and on our facebook page.
The month of January saw a historic day for Horse Sport Ireland in the running of the first ever National Endurance Licence Syllabus in Abbeyleix and Endurance Ireland was delighted to be part of this historic day in hosting the first course. The aim of the course is to educate organisers and riders to the full complement of rules set down by the FEI on a national level. This course will have all endurance clubs under the endurance section in Horse Sport Ireland all attaining the same level of understanding for the sighing off of riders who wish to seek an international licence.
The attendees went into study mode before and on the day. It was a full day of lectures, given and created by Chairman of the High Performance Committee Kevin Croke who is also an International FEI course director. All attendees at the end of the day then had an exam which included rules, regulations and timing all of which had been covered by Kevin on the day. All who attended expressed their deep satisfaction on the delivery, conduct of the course and most importantly the content of the course.
On finishing the exam members were delighted to have the company of Avalon Everett, head of Sport, Legal and Governance at Horse Sport Ireland who presented all with a certificate of attendance. One can only say that this syllabus has hit the ground running with absolute positivity.
Endurance Ireland are delighted to announce the hosting of the 2020 Home Internationals and Celtic Challenge.
We look forward to welcoming Endurance GB, SERC and Welsh Endurance Team to Ireland next year. More information about this event to follow soon.
After a wonderful day at Stradbally, for which we would like to extend our thanks to the Cosby Family and the IMFHA for inviting us again to this event, we are holding our next ride at Kilsheelan. At this event we will be offering up to 80km rides and like our event in Stradbally, CRs will open to non members. If you wish to enter for a CR we would ask that you register with us by the 16th of July by contacting the organiser or email@example.com or via the Facebook page EnduranceIreland. Please note: Time change for Sunday, start at 10.30am
Stradbally IMFHA Show
We are delighted to be attending the IMFHA Annual Show in Stradbally on the 7th of July and thank them for their ongoing invitation. At this event we will be offering up to 80km rides. Successful completion of this event will be eligible as a qualifier for applying for an FEI licence. Endurance Ireland has always recognised qualifications and mileage attained with other Endurance organisations and continues to do so and this ride is open to non-members. If you wish to enter for this weekend’s ride we would ask that you register with us by the 4th of July by contacting Anne firstname.lastname@example.org or 087 6552250.
Timahoe BBQ Ride
After the fabulous views of Mountshannon, we are off to Timahoe for our annual BBQ ride. This event is open to members and non members but we do need you to book in so we have enough burgers! If you could book in with the organiser by the 18th of June please. More details are on our calendar.
As anyone who has come to our Mountshannon Ride can attest, this is a beautiful venue that stretches from Clare into Galway, (and back again), for more details please check out the calendar.
Baunreagh BBQ Ride
Our next ride is a BBQ ride in Baunreagh, on the 26th of May. In order to organise the food for the day, we need everyone to book in by Sunday 19th of May.
So on the back of a successful marathon event, we return to the fabulous venue of Stradbally Hall on the 5th of May. This ride is held in conjunction with the IDHBA Laois Branch, where we take part in their overall event, running both our ride and a number of classes dedicated to the Irish Draught Breed, one of our most important native breeds. More details are on the calendar.
To finish is to win
After a wet but fun day in Inistoige, our next event is our marathon in Kinnity on the 28th of April. We will have both a 1/2 marathon and a full marathon on offer, for more details check out the calendar. All those who complete will receive a medal. The event is open to both members and non members so don’t waste this opportunity and book in quickly!! If you want to come along and do a shorter distance, we will also be offering trail rides on the day. You must book in by Sunday the 21st of April if you want to take part in the marathon, details on the calendar or pm us on facebook at Endurance Ireland.
Endurance Ireland is also thrilled to share our fantastic news, we were one of the finalists in the Irish Sport Horse Industry Awards 2019 Top Organisation Category, it is a great achievement for our club and to see the presentation, check out the video below. Unfortunately we didn’t win (this year!!) but we are delighted to have all of our hard work promoting the sport of Endurance and our innovative initiatives recognised. We would like to extend our thanks to Liam and Deirdre Geddes for their support.