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dani
10-01-2011, 06:49 PM
anyone know the dates for any midland (westmeath, offaly, meath, roscommon, galway, kildare even) hunter trials? do they usually start in feb or is it later that that?
Id love to give it a go this year. Also is prenovice open to everyone or just ponies? and how small is it?

iona*horse mad
10-01-2011, 07:22 PM
Think they're around early march to start with. . . when the hunting is drawing to a close.
Prenovice is normally open to all, at Annaharvey they're normally 60cm or so (from what I remember)

louthlunatic
10-01-2011, 07:34 PM
Not all hunter trials have a pre-novice course, I know that the Ballymacads(Westmeath Country) have a pre-novice course but they call it novice and it's about 60cms.

FoxyDee
10-01-2011, 08:18 PM
The pre-novice course last year at annaharvey was 80cm

iona*horse mad
10-01-2011, 08:27 PM
The pre-novice course last year at annaharvey was 80cm

My bad :blushing: If I remember right, they're not all full 80cm though and makes for a good round


From the Annaharvey website
Sunday 13th March- Westmeath Foxhounds

Sunday 20th March- Steamstown Harriers

Sunday 17th April - Brosna Foxhounds

Easter Monday 25th April- Annahrvey Hunter Trials in Aid of Offaly Pony Club

Golden Star
10-01-2011, 09:33 PM
Annaharey is about 70 or less they say 80 but their course is smaller than others which means it could be a good starting point for you.

ailbheg
10-01-2011, 09:54 PM
I haven't been to the course, but apparently the one in Carlanstown, where the Meaths had theirs last year is a nice course...apparently the novice is small enough, so it could be a good one to do too. The Ballymacads have theirs in Ballinlough, their novice would be a good one to get started too...they usually have theirs around/at Easter. I haven't been down to Clane since the first year I hunter trialled, but it's also a nice course for young/green horses, Bob led around it his second time out, and he's not the most confident, but he was perfectly happy to lead.

louthlunatic
10-01-2011, 10:49 PM
I've been to the one in Carlanstown and the novice would be a lovely first hunter trial. No complicated fences.

ailbheg
10-01-2011, 10:55 PM
For the dates, the Irish Field usually does a list of all the dates around the end of January/start of February, so keep an eye out for that maybe...

dani
11-01-2011, 12:59 AM
oh ok thanks a mill for all the advice. I will keep an eye out, dont buy the field though i do often have a sneaky read in the newsagents! If anyone else stumbles across it before me please share the knowledge here!!
Also if by any chance there is anyone is in the same boat as myself who would like to do novice/ pre novice pairs let me know..

leffleur
19-01-2011, 01:22 AM
would love to go hunter trails again must sort out my transport

Little Miss
19-01-2011, 09:44 AM
Edenderry Harriers hold there's in Carbury, Co. Kildare at the beginning of April. The pre- novice is tiny and very pleasant but they only allowed pairs out on it last yr.

Jedy
19-01-2011, 11:09 AM
Do you need to be a member of RC? I think we might be ready to try...

bob1984
19-01-2011, 11:22 AM
No Jedy - most HTs are run by the hunt and no memberships needed :D

Jedy
19-01-2011, 11:30 AM
Oh cool! I'd need someone to give me a lead over baby course. (er... I need a day at xc course first)

High_Stepper
19-01-2011, 11:48 AM
East Galways HTs are in Flowerhill in Portumna on 30 March, is that near you? They have a Pre-Novice track too.

Annaharvey Pre-Novice is really small, 70cm and maybe 1 fence will be 80. It's very nice too. I hope to do the Novice track at both, let me know if you're going to either - I'm sure there'll be someone to go around in Pairs with you :)

Jedy
19-01-2011, 12:05 PM
East Galways HTs are in Flowerhill in Portumna on 30 March, is that near you? They have a Pre-Novice track too.

Annaharvey Pre-Novice is really small, 70cm and maybe 1 fence will be 80. It's very nice too. I hope to do the Novice track at both, let me know if you're going to either - I'm sure there'll be someone to go around in Pairs with you :)

Is that to me or Dani?
Neither is very close to me, but a drivable distance! I might be causing a bit of commotion and my partner wouldn't want to be faint hearted and not very competitive :D
I'll jump up to 90- 1m if fence not scary, but to ride positively forward 70-80 is max, but shouldn't be very hard. It's the ones that I'm scared of that might be a problem.

High_Stepper
19-01-2011, 02:01 PM
I was mentioning it for Dani as she listed Galway/Roscommon etc.. but Jedy you are welcome too of course! Sounds like you'd be up for Novice :nod:

louthlunatic
20-01-2011, 11:23 AM
I'll be looking for a lead in the novices if anyone around the dublin/meath/louth area!!! Algie is coming on very nicely and we thought that we might do 2 hunter trials with him before we throw him out for a few months!

dani
20-01-2011, 03:53 PM
oh thanks guys, the one in carbury and the one in flowerhill sound good to me, ill try and find someone willing to go around it as my guide!! cant wait

Niamhy
20-01-2011, 04:35 PM
That flowerhill East Galway Hunt one is the 20th of March. Its organised by two members that are in Bsloe RC, so if you want more details give us a shout. I will have more details nearer the date anyway!

savvylover112
04-02-2011, 01:34 AM
Oh I can't wait for hunter trials to start up again first one for me would be in Dunany in Louth :D I'd be mostly doing any in the Louth/Meath/Dublin area would be fun to meet up with some of you guys :D

Ironicblond
04-02-2011, 05:19 PM
anyone know the dates for any midland (westmeath, offaly, meath, roscommon, galway, kildare even) hunter trials? do they usually start in feb or is it later that that?
Id love to give it a go this year. Also is prenovice open to everyone or just ponies? and how small is it?

You should keep an eye on horseplay.ie, they do a calender of all events coming up for the year, pretty much everything is on it and it seems to be updated quite regularly!

lisak
06-02-2011, 03:21 PM
Yesterdays Irish Field have a few notices in it.

Bray hunt HT 5th March in Kullruddery
Louth Hunt, Tatts, Paddy's Day
Ballinacoola HT 19th March
Kildare Hunt,Punchestown 20th March

MRD
08-02-2011, 11:43 AM
The EGH one is March 20th as Niamhy said - there will be Open, Novice and Pre-novice Singles and Pairs. Pre-novice is a lovely course and you can usually find a pair on the day......

High_Stepper
08-02-2011, 01:01 PM
The EGH one is March 20th as Niamhy said - there will be Open, Novice and Pre-novice Singles and Pairs. Pre-novice is a lovely course and you can usually find a pair on the day......

I'm heading to this and making a weekend West of it :nod: is PN 80s-ish, N 1m-ish?

MRD
09-03-2011, 12:22 PM
I'm heading to this and making a weekend West of it :nod: is PN 80s-ish, N 1m-ish?

Sorry High-Stepper but we had to reschedule our hunter trails to Sun Apr 10th at Gurteen College.... this might actually be closer to you than flowerhill was...

Our Prenovice course will be about .75 - .8m

Let me know if you need any further details