Irish Universities Riding Clubs Association
Irish Student Riders secure gold on home turf
The IURCA SRNC took place in Ballindenisk, Cork from 3rd – 7th of August. All 12 countries arrived on Thursday to Ballindenisk to begin a tough weekend of competition. Friday saw the Preliminary “Horseware” Dressage Rounds kicking off with very strong team tests from Netherlands, Canada and Ireland. 6 Riders progressed from Friday to the Finals on Sunday with the Netherlands looking like hot favourites 2 riders through to the Final 6. The Netherlands were unbeatable in the dressage with both riders completing freestyle to music and a Prix Saint George on 2 horses. The winner was Milou Anthoniese from the Netherlands followed closely by Rosan Retigan also from the Netherlands. Both Riders have now posted 2 wins each this year out of four SRNCS. Netherlands dominance in the Individual rankings secured them the “Horseware” Dressage title also with Canada in Second and Ireland in Third.
The “Ballymaloe Relish” Showjumping rounds began on Saturday. The Fell Family had done a superior job on the ground allowing for excellent jumping conditions underfoot. Ireland proved to be the dominant force in the Showjumping Securing all 3 riders into the final six. The individual title was won by Domitille Debiesse from France with Clementine Yost from Canada in Runner up spot. Ireland’s exceptional form in the individual rankings insured that they secured the Team title for James Brennan, Beatrice Gates Hardiman and Melanie Young
The “Horse Sport Ireland” Overall Combined Competition the title everyone wanted to secure. Ireland’s outstanding results ensured that they secured Team Gold on home Turf with Canada in Silver and Netherlands in Bronze. It was an outstanding achievement for Team Ireland. All 3 riders are familiar faces on the National Showjumping and Eventing Circles. The Overall Individual Title also went to Ireland, European Medallist Melanie Young finished 3rd in both Showjumping and Dressage and her rankings just allowed her to finish ahead of Clementine Yost from Canada. Young, who hails from Maynooth, is no stranger to success having recently returned from Jardy in France with a European Young Rider Bronze Medal.
The Student Rider Nations Cup Series is complete for 2013, Hopefully Team Ireland, will continue their record for 2014. IURCA would like to thank all the judges, the Fell Family, the Horse Owners, Darragh Equestran, Emerald Event Service and the mentioned sponsors. Without your backing, events like this would not be possible.
SRNC Ballendenisk Update
Some weeks ago there was an article in this paper concerning a Student Rider’s Nation Cup (SRNC) event that the Irish University Riding Club (IURCA) is organising for the weekend beginning on 05 October 2013. For those of you who didn’t see the article IURCA is a voluntary organisation which organises national competitions and events for the 3rd level student population across Ireland. This year due to our long-standing relationship with Assocation Internationale Des Etudiants Cavaliers (AIEC – the governing body of the worldwide student riding associations) we have been given the honour of being chosen to hold a leg of the 2013 Student Rider’s Nations Cup.
When taking on the task of bringing the SRNC to Ireland we knew how big an undertaking organising the event would be. And with one week to go I can confirm that our predictions have been right on the money. We have easily reached our quota of 150 attendees between riders and supporters. There will be a good group of Irish attendees (who of course will be required to lend a helping hand throughout the weekend) along with representatives from such far flung places as Romania, Zimbabwe and Canada. The IURCA committee has been working tirelessly to get the event up and running and are enjoying seeing their labour beginning to come to fruition. We are hosting the event in Ballindenisk, Co. Cork, for those of you who know Ballindenisk you will know how great a location it is. With the help of the Fell family we are aiming to create a truly Irish experience in our secluded location.
The secluded nature of the location leads, of course, to its own challenges. We have to provide food and accommodation for all of the attendees which has led to mass purchases of air-beds and the employment of the services of a local caterer to provide much needed nourishment to the masses. There are of course two aspects of to the weekend. There is the social side to the weekend which includes a themed fancy dress night and culminates in a Black Tie ball on the Saturday night but this will play second fiddle to the intense competition which will begin early on the Friday morning.
The competition consists of both show jumping and dressage, all on horses on which none of the riders have any experience. The first rounds of the “Horseware Ireland” Dressage competition will take centre stage first thing on Friday morning followed by the initial rounds “Ballymaloe Relish” Show Jumping competition. Scores will be earned by individuals and teams which will be totalled into the “Horse Sport Ireland” Overall Combined competition which is the main event of the week and the most prestigious award on offer. The competition will be judged by esteemed Dressage Ireland and SJAI Showjumping judges complemented by our International FEI Eventing Judge Michael van Gerwen (GER). Prizes have been sponsored by “Emerald Event Services” and “Berney Brothers”.
With the levels of work and organisation already put into the weekend by our ever-willing committee we would be very hopeful that the event will be a success. We have aimed to create an authentic Irish weekend for our foreign visitors and it is taken for granted that we are in friendly competition with the other host countries to put on the best SRNC of the year. Here’s hoping that I will be back in a week or two telling you how much of a success it has been.
SRNC Ballindenisk 2013
In acknowledgement of a stellar number of years representation at Student Rider’s Nations Cups (SRNCs) across Europe and further afield, Ireland’s Irish University Riding Clubs Association (IURCA) has been chosen to host a leg of this year’s Student Riders Nations Cup. The Association Internationale Des Etudiants Cavaliers(AIEC) , the governing body of the of the collegiate competition, has granted permission for this competition to run in Ballindenisk Co. Cork from 03 October 2013 to 06 October 2013.
This event is the fourth leg of a series which has had competitions in Belgium, Romania and Sweden already this year. It will see riders from upwards on 15 countries compete in a dual discipline competition. Riders will compete in both dressage and show jumping on both an individual and a team basis.
With the kind permission of the Fell family, Ballindenisk, situated near Watergrasshill Co. Cork, has been chosen as the destination for the first SRNC to come to Ireland since March 2011. Ballindenisk, with its extensive stabling facilities, outdoor arena and living quarters all hidden away in the Irish countryside will provide a unique setting for an event that attracts competitors and supporters from all over the globe.
The organising committee would be hopeful that up to 150 riders and supporters would descend on the Co Cork venue for the weekend giving the local economy a timely economic boost. A Black-Tie Ball in a local hotel will be the highlight of the social activities which will culminate in a prize giving ceremony on the Sunday evening.
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