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EI Amateur Committee – June Newsletter

Amateur Eventing General News

The Eventing Ireland Amateur Committee is proud to present our first clinic of the year!

Dressage Clinic with Gerald Bloomer HSI Level 3 coach in Eventing and Dressage

Date: Saturday 22nd of July Location: Bishopsland Stud, W23 PFF3 Option of Group and Private lessons Spaces are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

Please email [email protected] to book your space and to receive payment details


Rider Fitness

Last month we discussed how to get our horses fit for eventing. This month we will take a look at the importance of ensuring we as riders are fit enough to event.

As riders we need to be physically able to remain balanced in the saddle. We should have good core strength and stamina to sustain correct posture and support our horses.

When we reach the end of a grueling cross country course, after a long day eventing and our horses are fatiguing, it is our responsibility as riders to have the physical and mental stamina to support our horses, and react to changing cirucumstances, in order to ensure a confident finish.

Taking part in other forms of physical activity and sport will greatly improve your riding fitness and balance. It is important to consider activities that improve your cardiovascular fitness, core strength and flexibility. Exercises such as running, cycling, swimming and Pilates can be excellent choices.

Remember if you are new to any exercise, start slow and build up gradually! Similar to how we discussed last month about getting our horses fit. We don’t need any unnecessary early injuries!


Good News Corner

This month saw the inaugural event held at the stunning Clonmahon House in Summerhill Co. Meath. A superb track was built full of questions and up to height fences. The magnificant Knight Frank Drop to Skinny was a brilliant feature fence – the definition of a rider scarer!

Our amateur riders across all sections put on fantastic displays of cross country riding.

Zoe Kavanagh onboard Farrellys Tavern (ISH) finished the day on her fantastic dressage score of 20.8 to take the red rosette in the EI100 Amateur class.

Sarah Kelly-Drake competing at Rosanna 2 on Wilhelmina Q(ISH) on June 17th. Sarah stepped back up to EI90 amateur level for the first time since 2019 and did so in style finishing in 2nd with a super score of 29.0

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