We are delighted to have a large group of first time competitors ready for action this year.

New to travelling ponies we have decided to put a short list together of a few basics they will need.

  • Headcollar and Leadrope
  • Sweat rug
  • Tail bandage or wrap
  • Travel boots
  • Haynets
  • First Aid Kit
  • Stable booked if available
  • Prebook instructor to warm you up.

Five of our dressage riders made their way to the MWR Dressage Show in Ballinasloe on September 5th. Sinead Heffernan and Katie Behan rode their first Elementary tests gaining them a Category 2 status, both delighted with their horses and tests. The homebred Ballyj Elsa and Ballj Spirit were also in action, and produced lovely tests and scores for their riders Sinead McGrath and Patricia Frost. It was young Rebecca McGrath and her mare Tickerleven Sunrise who stole the day with a fantastic personal best and the win in Novice with a score of 73%! Great day out with goals achieved by all!

Sinead Heffernan Cat 2 rider

Ballyjennings were out and about at the Claremorris ODE, on the 13th of June with a group of riders, ranging from frist days out to the more seasoned competitors. We had great success with Nina Hartwell and Highmeadows Billy winning the novice dressage on their very first competition. Eilish Geoghegan and Bilko kept their winning way at Intro dressage following up with a third place on this outing. Rebecca Mc Grath and Katie Behan both claimed 6th placings in their ODE classes, well done to all our riders out for the first time, or a new level. Lovely to see the young competitors out and about after such a long time in lockdown. Heres to a summer of fun for everyone.

  Ballyjennings does the treble.

Sinead McGrath and her two horses, homebred young mare Ballyj Elsa and her Mermus R gelding Killard Precision returned from the MWR Dressage show in Annaharvey with no less than 3 wins from 3 classes.

Both horses broke the elusive 70% score barrier and saw off international competition in well contested classes, judged by Liam Maloney.

Ballyj Elsa competed in both Elementary classes, scoring a 70.96% in her first test and a 68.28% in her second. Killard Precision was competing in the Medium section and won his class with a wonderful score of 71.45%.

Congratulations to these talented combinations who also featured in the Irish Field the following weekend.

Sinead McGrath and the homebred Ballyj Elsa claimed 1st place in the 5yr old Novice qualifier at Dressage Irelands Autumn Development Series at Tipperary EC Saturday Oct 3rd 2020. Out of a Ginger Dick mare and by Spirit House this youngster has been bred and backed by Fintan and developed by Sinead. A smart, willing and trainable mare that is one to watch for the future.