Training 2016

06 Dec Training 2016

Leinster Training Report 2015

It was another busy year for training in the Leinster Region. The Leinster provides regular training throughout the region which includes the delivery of the Mackey Five Bar program. Training was open to all members who wished to participate. I wish to thank all the venues in the region for their continued support of the training program, also the H.S.I. coaches who have committed to support the Regions training program.

The introduction of a National Development Squads offered forty successful members (20 pony and 20 horse riders) selected from the assessment day held in November 2014, the opportunity to partake in a monthly training session, with level two or three coaches H.S.I. coaches. During the year the squad members also attended a lecture with phycologist Jim Hickey and an evening instruction in course walking with Ian Fearon at Mullingar during the Pony and Young Rider Championships. Their year as members of the Development Squad was completed by attending a national training and instruction day at Cavan Equestrian Centre on Saturday the 21st November. This day also afforded the Leinster members the opportunity to meet their counterparts from the other regions.  Comfort Gut kindly sponsored a jacket for each of the members of the Development Squad.

There will be an assessment day to fill vacant places in the 2016 Development Squad it will be held in Knights Field Equestrian Maynooth Co Kildare on Saturday the 30th January 2016. All those interested in becoming a member for the development Squad please contact Rose Mary Rice on 086 0444068 before the Friday 22nd January. The development Squad is open to pony and horse riders of all ages. To be eligible for the assessment you must be capable of jumping a course of 90cms.

The region held two Mackey assessment days during 2015, the first one was in June in Mullingar. Mary Ellen Rice assessed the Mackey Bar Two, Bronagh Keys, Robyn Fagan, Chloe Fagan, Charlotte Flanagan, Naomi O Brien, Thea Curren and Tadgh Keane were all successful.

The second assessment was in Knightsfield in November the assessors were Gisela Holstein and Gary Marshall. The riders who attained their Mackey Bar two were Gavin Smith, Maria Cairns, Ellen Murphy and Kayleigh Soden.

Naomi O Brien was successfully in achieving her Mackey Bar Three.

Leinster Region is delighted to congratulate all these riders.

National training clinic was held in Cavan Equestrian Centre it ran from 5 th to the 9th April. The assessment day for the clinic was had in March and the riders were assessed by Ian Fearon. There was intensive completion between the riders to win a place. Leinster riders won five of the 20 places. The young riders who represented the region were, Nana Healy, Conan Wright, Rosin Fagan, Stephen Murphy and Aoibha Rooney. Nano Healy and Conan Wright impresses the coaches during their time at the clinic and were each awarded 500 euro training bursaries.

During the year the region ran Fetac level five three day first aid courses. First aid refresher courses were also provided for members and officials.

I wish to thank all the parents and riders who supported the Mackey and Development Squad training program through the year. Wishing you all a very successful 2016.

Rose Mary Rice


Leinster Training for 2016

Development Squad assessment day in Knightsfield Equestrian, Maynooth Kildare on Saturday 30th January.

First Aid

Fetac level Five 1st Aid in Mullingar on Thursdays 28th January 4th and 11th February

1st Aid Refresher course in Mullingar on 11th January


Mackey Regional Training

Venue                                                     Trainer                                            Dates

Mullingar                                           Ian Fearon                              19th, 26th Jan & 2nd Feb

Mullingar                                           Ian Fearon                               9th, 16th & 23rd Feb

Mullingar                                           Ian Fearon                               8th, 15th & 22nd March

Mullingar                                           Mary Ellen Rice                      1st, 8th & 15th Feb

Mullingar                                           Mary Ellen Rice                      7th, 14th & 21 st March


Kildare International                       Gerry Flynn                            5th, 12th& 18th Feb

Kildare International                       Gerry Flynn                            4th , 11th & 18th March



Wexford Eques.                              Francis Connors                  13th, 20th & 27th Jan


To book any of the above training please phone Rose Mary Rice on 086 0444068