Posts Tagged ‘Tinahely Riding Club’

Wicklow Connemara, Schooling at Coolboy.

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Tinahely Riding Clubs facility at Coolboy, Co. Wicklow is ideal for schooling incorporating as it does a floodlit sand arena, full cross country course, dressage arena, practice area, and ample room to park your rig. Mandy Hayden visits the grounds regularly to school Cloon-Dara her five year old 15.2 connemara with a view to qualifying for the “Connemara Performance Hunter” class at the Royal Dublin Horse Show in August.

Cluny and Mandy at TRC grounds, Coolboy, Co. Wicklow.

After some flat work to warm up Mandy then proceeded to put in a few jumps.

Mandy and Cloon-dara.

Cloon-Dara although young is improving all the time and has no problem entering the water.

Into the water, Mandy and Cloon-Dara, TRC grounds,Coolboy, Co. Wicklow.

Or exiting either.

Mandy Hayden and her 15.2, five year old Connemara Cloon-Dara.

Roll on the Barntown, Co. Wexford qualifier this coming Wednesday.

Tinahely Riding Club Show Jumping Event, Coolboy, Co. Wicklow.

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

A great day was had at the TRC show jumping event held at Coolboy last Sunday 15th May 2011. Committee and club members worked hard before the event gathering sponsorship and organising the various competitions and entries, with the result that everything ran like clockwork on the day.

A happy crowd at the TRC Show Jumping event, Coolboy, Co. Wicklow.

Mandy Hayden marked the scores and ushered the various competitors into the arena.

Mandy Hayden cracking the whip.

Competitors and their steeds were well dressed for the occasion.

Lorna Rothwell and friend.

Competition was fierce and a jump off was required before the main prizes could be handed out.

An EU dimension at the TRC event in Coolboy, Co. Wicklow.

A nicely laid out course in a very pretty location.

Flying through the jumps at Coolboy, Co. Wicklow.

Lift those legs.

Heading for a clear round, TRC event at Coolboy, Co. Wicklow.

There’s always a jump to repair, rock on Howard Woods.

Four faults and a jump to rebuild at Coolboy, Co. Wicklow.



Tinahely Riding Club Hunter Trials, Coolboy, Co. Wicklow.

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

The TRC held a hunter trials at their Coolboy showgrounds last Sunday 10th  April, 2011. The sun was splitting the stones with afternoon temperatures hitting 20 degrees, all preparations had been made and the crowds came out in force. One hundred and fifty five entries competed over various categories and a good day was had by all.

Early entries at the TRC Hunter Trials, Coolboy, Co. Wicklow.

Proceedings were kept moving nicely throughout the day with singles and pairs competitions.

Competing at the TRC Hunter Trials, Coolboy, Co. Wicklow, Ireland.

Privately owned, the TRC have developed a wonderful facility that includes a full cross country course, sand arena with floodlights, dressage arenas, and a warm up area. There is plenty of room for parking, local catering enterprises supply coffee, teas, soft drinks, burgers, chips, and snacks, while the Little Moon Public House (The official TRC club house) is a two minute walk away.

TRC Hunter Trials, Coolboy, Co. Wicklow, Ireland.

A real family day out the kids were having a ball.

Who needs a horse, quads go faster, but they can't jump.

Overseeing proceedings was progressive TRC chairperson Mandy Hayden.

TRC chairperson Mandy Hayden riding Dixie, Coolboy, Co. Wicklow.

The TRC facility at Coolboy is a great benefit to the community providing a social outlet enjoyed by everybody. A natural parkland that on event days explodes with life and colour.

Leading the team, TRC Hunter Trials, Coolboy, Co. Wicklow, Ireland.

For information on future events or becoming a member why not visit the TRC website,

Tally Ho!!

Friday, December 31st, 2010

The recent cold spell decimated the hunting calender locally with eight meets called off. However nothing was going to deter the Shillelagh and District Hunt from holding their traditional boxing day event in the village of Tinahely, Co. Wicklow. It was agreed to give the hounds a run and stage a walking hunt. Not quite the same razzmatazz given the equine absences but an escape from cabin fever and a chance to socialise non the less.

A huntsman and his hounds, boxing day, Tinahely, Co. Wicklow.

Gathering in the village square outside Murphy’s Hotel the local community imbibed hot whiskeys and ports, discussed Christmas, snow, the economy, future meets, and what ever else caught your fancy. The hounds yelped and the huntsmen added a bit of colour. To the sound of a hunting horn the group headed off in the direction of Coolboy hounds sniffing and quartering the ground. A fine tradition upheld.

Crossing a stubble field, Parkbridge, Co. Carlow, Ireland.

The following Tuesday after a sudden and welcome thaw Egan’s public house of Parkbridge hosted the annual children’s Christmas Hunt. An opportunity for the youngsters to experience a hack out over open country. Well attended the day was mild and grey, the ground soft but not heavy. Hip flasks and stirrup cups are the pre-hunt ritual, keeping warm or dutch courage? Probably a bit of both.

Participants arriving to the Parkbridge hunt.

The Tinahely Riding Club and the Shillelagh and District Hunt are fundamental to the local community, like the GAA they are inextricably linked with rural life. Horses create a common bond and a deep rooted social outlet appreciated by both young and old alike.

Clearing a ditch, Parkbridge Hunt.

The kids had a ball on what was a grey foggy day. It stayed mild and the rain did not fall. The horses got a much needed run out and the hounds enjoyed mooching around the countryside.

Out of the fog, Parkbridge Hunt, Co. Carlow.

At days end all those involved retired to Egan’s for much needed sustenance. Hot soup and sandwiches for all, crisps and lemonade for the youngsters, and of course we cannot leave out uncle Arthur.

A pint of the black stuff, Egan's of Parkbridge.