The continued run of poor weather did not impact on the die hard riders that took full advantage of the indoor arenas at Ravensdale Lodge once again this week.
While the wind and rain tried to put a dampener on everyones enjoyment it did not succeed as the numbers increased at the popular north Louth venue for the third week in a row.
Weary of the constant floods and the fact that they could not get out to exercise animals at home, competitors voted with their feet and headed to the comfort on Ravensdale Lodge’s two indoor arenas.
Thursday saw week one of the Crowne Plaza SJI registered indoor horse league and this run of shows continues every Thursday to April 24 from 11am.
There are six modified classes from 80cm (M) to 1.30m (M) and many combinations will be availing of this show in the coming weeks to prepare for the O’Reilly’s Wholesalers Newry Spring Tour which is scheduled for Sunday, March 2.
Friday evening may have been a washout but it did not deter a large number of riders from attending the indoor horse and pony training league.
These combinations were determined to put points on the first of the “Smart Leagues” leaderboard. Indoor horse and pony training shows continue every Friday until April 25 with classes from X poles to 1.10m and a start time of 5.30pm.
Saturday’s Mackins Horse Feeds indoor arena eventing league saw another bumper turnout in all three classes.
This competition has deservedly taken off over the past three weeks as producers of young horses and competitors alike see it as a great opportunity to school animals over a diverse range of professionally made portable cross country fences and show jumps.
Likewise, it appeals equally to arena eventers, working hunters and derby specialists. There is a week’s break from indoor arena eventing this week but competition resumes on Saturday, February 22 and continues uninterrupted until Saturday, April 26 with the 70cm class commencing at 2pm, the 85cm class at 3pm and the 1m class at 4pm.
Indoor dressage continues next Sunday, February 16 to Sunday, April 27 with a start time of 2pm, all weekly classes can be found on the Ravensdale Lodge website.
We may not be able to depend much on the weather in this country however one thing competitors can depend on is that they will be comfortably high and dry competing on top class surfaces at Ravensdale Lodge.