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. 

We had a very successful show here at the yard on Sunday 27th September. Riders from the Pony Club, the Riding Club and our liveries all rode tests for a visiting judge and impressed her with the skill levels. 

We have had a fantastic few months out competing, we had riders at xcountry events, ODE’s, dressage shows and unaffiliated shows.

Laura O’Connor and Anny were crowned champions of the 60cm ODE league in Claremorris on 19th July. Katie Behan and Missy Mo claimed 3rd place in the 90cm league.

Laura O'Connor ODE Champion 60cm
Pictured, our riders competing.

We are delighted to be open again and seeing those familiar faces returning for lessons. We are running under the guide lines, and while our riders will find changes the fun of a lesson is still as great as ever.

During Covid Sinead has been busy training with top dressage instructors in Ireland, UK and Germany via live video sessions. She also was featured in The Mayo News, getting a spot on the front page and a large spread on the front page of the Sports Section highlighting her “blue sky” thinking and passion for her sport and teaching.

Who was listening to 2FM and heard her talking about Ballyjennings with Jennifer Zamparelli? Now all we need is a TV spot and we have every media source covered.