The sun practically split the stones on the opening day of the Punchestown Festival 2014. Gates opened at 12 noon and saw an amazing layout for the event but very few attendees - within two hours the place was packed! Cars, trucks and trailers lined the surrounding fields, smells of hot dogs and candy floss wafted through the air and the lights and music burst on from the fair ground machines.
To kick off the activities, the HSI Showcase Parade started at 2.15pm and none other then our very own Karen Reilly (Senior International Team) and Sheaffe Monteith (Leinster TREC Secretary) flew the flag for TREC Ireland. Karen looked the part, dressed in all her orienteering gear and riding Rock on Villa (aka Roxy), her incredibly calm and well-behaved Irish Sport Horse mare. Sheaffe strode in front as Chef d'equip, full of smiles and very proud to be representing her club.
All in all a fantastic day made all the better by our 'bluebottle' fans - thanks everyone!
Leinster TREC riders did us immensely proud last week at the two day Kerry TREC competition in Dingle. We came home with rosettes and prizes in every class, despite the bad weather on Saturday. Well done to all who made the long journey down and thank you very much to all the organisers and volunteers who put on a super weekend.
Level 1: 1st Paula Donoghue (Surprise) & Patricia Young (Lola), 2nd Kayleigh McCormack (Caspian) & Anne Smyth (Winterglen)
Level 2A Pairs: 2nd Diana O Huid (Jake) & Rosemarie Bryson (Lowkey)
Level 2A Ind: 3rd Edward Coyle (Blossom)
Level 3 Pairs: 2nd Celia Taylor (Regal Ivy) & Niamh O Huid (Wallace)
Level 3 Juniors: 1st Katie Smyth (Whitehorn Jack), 2nd Kirsten McCormack (Batman)
Level 3 Seniors: 2nd Karen Reilly (Rock on Villa), 4thTara Creighton (Bob the Cob)
Are being held in Staplestown Church Hall on Wednesday 16th & Wednesday 23rd April starting @ 7.30 pm.
Cost: 10 euro per class.
All proceeds going to the TREC Ireland International Senior & Young Rider teams. For further information or to book a class contact Sylvia on 087 9337819.
Please note everyone must bring their own mat.
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