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HORSEWEEK
FARMWEEK
JANUARY 24 2019
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Eventing Ireland Northern
Region holds AGM and awards
T
GUESTS: Guest speaker Sam Watson and his wife Hannah,
pictured with Catherine Abbott at the Eventing Ireland Northern
Region AGM. (FW04-520JG)
PICTURES: Sporting Images
JOHN MARTIN AWARD: Paul Nolan received the John Martin
award, which recognises someone who contributes to the
advancement and promotion of eventing, from Christine Martin
at the Eventing Ireland Northern Region AGM. (FW04-519JG)
HE Eventing Ireland
Northern
Region
AGM took place on
Thursday, January 17
in La Mon Hotel and
Country Club. The evening
was well attended, with over
60 members and friends of the
Society braving the sub-zero
temperatures on the coldest
night of the year so far.
The guest speaker was
World Equestrian Games
Team Silver medallist Sam
Watson. Sam gave an inspiring
and
highly
entertaining
speech entitled ‘Learning to
Succeed’, giving great insight
into what makes him tick and
how he has achieved success
both in business and in his
equestrian career so far.
Everyone left the evening
after Sam’s speech feeling
motivated and ready to face
the year ahead.
The Northern Region are
truly grateful to Sam and
his wife Hannah for taking
the time out of their busy
schedules to attend the AGM.
They were up at 4am on
Thursday morning to attend
High Performance Training
prior to travelling to Belfast
to attend the AGM - that’s
dedication!
There
were
no
new
nominations to the Northern
Region committee in 2019.
OFFICE BEARERS
Office bearers for 2019 are
follows:
Chairman
Catherine
Abbott
Vice-Chairman
Jean
Mitchell MBE
Secretary
Catherine
McDowell
Treasurer - John McBride
Event Organiser - Dora
Beacom
Rider representatives- Jim
Newsam and Jonny Hagan
At the conclusion of the
evening, the annual awards
were presented. Helen Panell
presented the Stinson Trophy
to David O’Connor and the
Turley family. This award
recognises contribution to
the sport of eventing by effort,
endeavour and example. The
Pooler Trophy, which is for
International
Performance,
was presented by Elizabeth
Hamilton to Gillian Smyth,
who accepted the award on
behalf of Joseph Murphy.
Christine Martin presented
the John Martin Award to
Paul Nolan. Paul was shocked
and delighted to receive the
award, which recognises
someone who contributes
to the advancement and
promotion of eventing. Paul
regularly attends Northern
Region events to commentate
despite living in Dublin.
The
Northern
Region
committee is looking forward
to another action-packed
eventing season. The Flexi
Eventing series held at the
Meadows Equestrian Centre
is
currently
underway;
Baileys Horse Feeds are once
again sponsoring the league,
which runs until March 2 and
is open to both members and
non-members. The annual
two-phase at Tyrella is on
March 9 (again open to nonmembers) and the 2019 Spring
Season kicks off on March 23
at Tyrella.
For full details of all Eventing
Ireland fixtures, please see
www.eventingireland.com.
Equine nutrition - a guided tour
By CAFRE Enniskillen Campus Level
2 Technical Certificate in Equine Care
student, Aimee Brolly
A
T the beginning of October,
CAFRE students had the
opportunity to visit the
Bluegrass Horse Feeds mill in Eglish,
Co. Tyrone.
On our arrival, we were greeted
by Ashley Neely, a past student
of CAFRE, who is the sales and
marketing administrator at Bluegrass
Horse Feeds.
Ashley then introduced us to
Kenneth Irwin, who is the Managing
Director of Bluegrass Horse Feeds
and Irwin’s Feeds. Mr Irwin welcomed
us with open arms to tour his factory.
During our tour, Mr Irwin gave us an
in-depth account of his family’s mill
from the time it opened, processing
oats for people to eat following the
potato famine to one of the top horse
feed producers in Ireland.
We were lucky to have a detailed
tour around the whole mill, learning
about how the grains are brought
in, washed, cooked and eventually
bagged in a mix or turned into cubes.
The process of a grain becoming a
product was incredibly precise to
make sure every product that left the
mill was nothing short of perfect. We
STINSON AWARD: Helen Panell presented the Stinson Award,
recognising contribution to the sport of eventing by effort,
endeavour and example, to David O’Connor and the Turley
family at the Eventing Ireland Northern Region AGM.
(FW04-522JG)
POOLER TROPHY: Gillian Smyth received the Pooler Trophy, for
International Performance, on behalf of Joseph Murphy from
Elizabeth Hamilton at the Eventing Ireland Northern Region
AGM. (FW04-521JG)
IDHSNI pleasure ride at Rademon
THE Irish Draught Horse Society NI (IDHSNI) are hosting a pleasure
ride at the beautiful Rademon Estate, Crossgar, by kind permission
of Mrs Rose Boyd, on Sunday, February 10.
Riders can start between 11am and 2pm. The ride costs £10 and
everyone is welcome.
There will be rosettes for all participants. Entries on the day.
Any enquiries, please contact 07754 853872.
Ballycastle group looks forward to
Shane’s Castle Go as you please
B
GUIDED TOUR: CAFRE Enniskillen Campus Level 2 students with
representatives from Bluegrass pictured at their mill in Eglish, Co. Tyrone.
(FW04-518NN)
got to see how devoted the Bluegrass
team are to their work, producing
nutritional sound products for use all
over the world.
We also got to sit down and watch
a presentation by Ashley and we
learned that Bluegrass works very
closely with one of the world’s leading
research centres in equine nutrition,
Kentucky Equine Research (KER).
It was great to learn that Bluegrass
spend so much time coming up
with ideas for feeds, then working
alongside KER to make sure that it is
the best possible product for horses
and ponies.
Our class found the trip to Bluegrass
very valuable, as it helped us learn
more about nutrition and horses’ diets
as part of our module, “Principles of
Feeding and Watering Horses”.
We are very grateful for Bluegrass
allowing us to have this experience
as we have taken a great amount of
information and knowledge from the
visit.
ALLYCASTLE
and Rural
Riding
Community will hold
a Go As You Please
at Shane’s Castle,
Antrim on Sunday,
February 10. First
horses out at 12
noon, last horses
out at 1pm. The ride
is suitable for all
abilities, follow the
red arrows around
the trail at your own
pace and take in the
scenery.
The club
photographer Gareth
O’Brien will be there
to get some photos
of horse and riders in
the Game of Thrones
film location. The
fee for the ride is £15
for non-members,
£10 for members
and children under
16. Refreshments
will be provided in
the Beaters room
afterwards.
Lord O’Neill
has asked that
organisers let riders
know that no dogs
are permitted on the
day, as he has ewes
heavily in lamb, and
also that no one
canters or gallops on
the grass, but to use
the designated trails
and lanes.
For more
information, call
Paddy on 07719
677361. The address
is Shane’s Castle,
Randalstown Road,
Antrim, BT41 4ND.

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