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March of many Disciplines

After the success of our show last week, this weekend proved also to be busy for our riders. Best of all the were able to enjoy it without wind and rain!

Laura Kavanagh and Aoife Harrington travelled to Annaharvey to take part in the hunter trials with their ponies Bobby and Milkway. They had great fun enjoying their ponies in the sun and Aoife now has the cross country bug and is looking forward to more.

Emma, Rebecca and Lorna travelled to Killossery to take part in Dressage Ireland. Emma and Ruben and Rebecca and Honey took part in the preliminary class. Emma and Ruben are working hard on developing as a team together with some great marks showing potential. It is hard to believe that Rebecca, a full time BHS student with Dunbyrne, and her horse Honey have competed in just three dressage shows ever! Their partnership shone through this weekend as they earned impressive scores of 67% and 69% taking home fifth and second place.

Lorna and Sammy (DBS Second Chance) competed in the elementary classes. They had a great day taking home first and third place in their classes.

We are always delighted to see our riders out enjoying their sport and look forward to see what the next few weeks bring.

No Fair Weather Riders at Dunbyrne's St. Patricks Weekend Show

At Dunbyrne Equestrian we are a family run riding school and livery yard based at the foot of the hill of Allen. We held our St Patricks weekend show on Saturday the 16th March and were delighted with the high level of turnout in spite of very wet weather.

Our riding school clients enjoyed the show on board our Dunbyrne Equestrian horses and ponies while our livery clients joined in on their own mounts. Eight show jumping classes took place allowing riders to showcase their skills over fences. This event was an ideal opportunity for our AIRE approved riding school clients to show what they had learned from onsite BHS qualified instructors Tara Hyland and Kia Anglin. Over sixty riders took part many of whom looked very festive in St. Patrick’s day themed dress.

The assisted cross poles class allowed younger and less experienced riders their first taste of competition assisted by experienced leaders. The cross poles class gave riders a chance to have a solo run over fences while the 40-50cm class challenged riders with a course of twelve fences including a double, a turnback and a dogs leg. Riders stepped up to the mark with many impressive clear rounds in each class and a lucky dip decided who took home the coveted Dunbyrne trophies.

The sixty centimetre class was the first to include timing against the clock for the second half of the track to determine results. It proved to be very exciting as riders fought to beat the fastest time cheered on by spectators. Just three riders managed a double clear with impressive times. Top of the class was local rider Jessica McBride. Jessica has ridden in Dunbyrne riding school for many years and she and DBS Magic really were magic as they stopped the clock at 48.99 seconds to win the class. Second and third place went to fellow riding school riders Sophia Manning who competed with DBS Merrylegs and Ellie Moore who competed with DBS Rolo.

The seventy, eighty and ninety centimetre classes allowed the more experienced riders and the DBS Tailblazers to showcase their skills. Tailblazers is a weekly coaching academy run at Dunbyrne by BHS & HSI coach Lorna O’Hare to teach competition skills to under eighteens with their own horse or pony. In the seventy centimetre class riding school member Thomas Cruise really was top gun as he took on the course and rode a double clear at his first show on board Jumanji. This class was won by DBS Tailblazer Sive Murphy and her pony Cooper (Whats It All About). Sive gave a display of jumping against the clock with some very tight turns to cross the finish in 38.64 seconds. The eighty centimetre class was very kindly sponsored by John Davitt director of local construction business Davtech (www.davtech.ie) . It was only fitting that John’s daughters did him proud in this class. Niamh Davitt and Clonmore Bailey stopped the clock at 34.08 delivering the fastest clear round of the day! Second place went to her sister Sinead Davitt on board Killelton Starlight.

An eighty centimetre pairs relay class in which riders competed against the clock jumping six fences each provided great entertainment for spectators. Just two pairs completed the track with clear rounds. The fastest of these proved to be Sive Murphy and Caoimhe Sullivan who flew around on board their ponies Cooper and Judy to win the class less than a second ahead of Caitlin Harrington and Tabitha Walsh in second place. The final class of the day was the ninety centimetre class which was sponsored by Horseware and well supported. The course took it’s toll and just two of the nine riders who competed managed to complete it without any faults. Sinead Davitt had a foot perfect round in a very good time of 36.83 to claim first place with her mare Killelton Starlight. Zara Logan was delighted to finish with a clear round and take second place in this class at her first show on board her pony Prince.

Dunbyrne Equestrian would like to thank all who attended and supported this show, Michelle Davitt for managing entries, Helena Coffey for giving up a day to scribe, John Davitt (Davtech) and Horseware for sponsorship, Ross O’Hare for course building and judging and yard manager Kia Anglin and her team for running such an enjoyable day.

Dunbyrne Riding School - FAQ

Dunbyrne Equestrian Centre

We run an onsite AIRE approved riding school at our equestrian centre in Kildare. Our riding school is separate to our livery yard and has it's own tack room, barn and all weather arena. Our lessons are taught by BHS (British Horse Society) approved instructors who have a wealth of experience and provide a professional and friendly learning environment. 

We are located ten mins from Kilmeague / Milltown and approx twenty from Kildare / Newbridge / Rathangan / Naas / Prosperous / Allenwood / Clane. 

Our FAQ will tell you everything you need to know about taking lessons with us. 

When do you run riding lessons for children?

We run riding lessons for children during the week after school and at weekends. We have limited availability at present in the following classes:

  • Wednesday and Thursday at 3.30pm - Beginner children

  • Wednesday and Thursday at 4.30pm - Novice Children

Our weekend classes are almost currently all fully booked but if you email us (dunbyrnestud@gmail.com) we can let you know what is available and add you to our waiting list. 

What age do you teach children from?

Children must be aged six years or older to take riding lessons with us. We cannot take children younger than this for lessons. 

When do you run riding lessons for adults?

Our adult group lessons take place on Wednesday evenings. We run beginner / Novice adult at 6.30pm and novice / advanced adult at 7.30pm. These lessons are a great way to meet like minded people and to unwind after a busy day at work. 

For beginners who are not yet ready to ride off the lead we offer private lessons on a Wednesday or Thursday between 10am and 2pm and on a Friday between 10am and 4pm

Do you do private lessons?

We have limited availability for private lessons for adults mid week (see above). Please contact us by email to enquire about this. For advanced adults we can offer private lessons with our BHSI at the weekends.

How much do lessons cost?

A group lesson costs €25 per person per hour. We also sell blocks of lessons where you can purchase up front. These blocks cost €125 for a block of six or €200 for a block of ten. 

A private lesson costs €50 per hour. 

What do I need to wear?

Please wear either jodhpurs, breeches, tracksuit bottoms or thick leggings. Jeans should not be worn. Please wear long sleeves and either, riding boots, wellies or boots with a sturdy heel. Long hair must be tied back and no jewellery (aside from wedding ring and small stud earrings) may be worn for safety reasons. Hoodies / sweatshirts with a hood cannot be worn. In the Winter time we would recommend to wear gloves. We have a selection of hats and back protectors that clients can use for their lesson. We also have a supply of riding boots in limited sizes which may be used.  

Do lessons go ahead in all weather?

We are based in Ireland and so expect all sorts of weather throughout the year. Our lessons go ahead unless it is unsafe to ride or the surface is frozen or flooded. If lessons cannot go ahead for any reason we will let clients know in plenty of time. Please in wet weather wear appropriate clothing - nothing waterproof is ever wasted in Ireland!

Cancellations:

We understand that sometimes life gets in the way and our clients may have to cancel. This is not a problem but out of courtesy to our staff and instructors we would ask for 24 hours notice of a cancellation otherwise a cancellation fee may apply. 

How do I book a lesson?

To book a lesson please send an email to dunbyrnestud@gmail.com including the following information:

  • The name of the rider

  • Level of riding experience

  • Approx weight and height for horse / pony assignment

  • Contact number

  • The lesson you wish to book into.

  • Any other information you feel is relevant.

Do you do leasing / loaning of ponies?

We do not provide leasing or loaning of ponies for clients. We do however have a livery yard onsite and if you have your own horse or pony we would be happy to discuss livery options with you.

Do you do trekking?

We don't do trekking. However when weather permits we include riding in the woods and / or in our cross country field into our lessons and pony camps. 

Do you run camps?

Yes we do. Our next camp will run at Easter - like us on Facebook to keep up to date with all our news and forthcoming events. 

Instructors:

All of our instructors are BHS qualified, have been Garda vetted and have completed child protection and first aid training. 

Registration:

On your first day with us, you will be asked to complete an AIRE (Association of Irish Riding Establishments) form for yourself and your child. This form advises us of any key information about the rider and ensures that we have emergency contact details.