NORTHERN Lights NI is a newly formed Riding Club situated in the North Coast of Ireland, established in 2021.
On Friday, July 23, the club held an Equine First Aid evening and barbecue afterwards, very kindly sponsored by Pat O’Kane Family Butchers on New Row, Coleraine. Pat was fantastic in that he, at short notice, rustled up vegan options to ensure everyone was included.
The venue for this demonstration was Dirraw Farm, Ballymoney; many thanks are extended to Alan and Muriel Campbell for all their help in making this such a success. The demonstration was given by Nigel Johnston, Riverside Veterinary Clinic, situated within the Acorn Business Centre, Ballymoney. Nigel very kindly gave of his time, along with his wife Sue and her fabulous horse ‘Tommy’, to demonstrate various aspects of basic equine first aid, during which Nigel welcomed questions from the group of 30+ attending.
Mounted Training commenced at Causeway Coast Arena on Friday, August 6 and was a resounding success. It was lovely to receive such positive feedback for the Accredited Professional Coach, Dawn Bond and the excellent facilities available at the Causeway Coast Arena in Coleraine.
Arrangements are underway for a series of ‘How To Days’, which include: Theory for the ‘Ride Out Safely’, aiming to provide attendees with the skills and confidence to ride safely in all environments from roads to competition warm-up arenas and similar situations – there will be the opportunity to complete the BHS Ride Out Safely Challenge Award for anyone interested; ‘Transporting Your Horse’ (including Trailer Safety and legal requirements); ‘Ride a Basic Dressage Test’; ‘Show Preparation’, looking at the different types of dress and turnout requirements for e.g. Show Jumping / Dressage / Showing in-hand / Working Hunter. This will include guidance on turnout of horse / rider and sharing some Dos and Don’ts. And, as if that isn’t enough, the club is planning a Cross-Country day and Barbecue suitable for all members to be held over the Hallowe’en break. All dates are yet to be confirmed.
The club is so fortunate to have a choice of facilities on their doorstep and organisers encourage members to avail of the Wednesday evening show jumping training held at the Causeway Coast Arena, as there are always committee members there volunteering and able to help if needed.
Northern Lights NI Riding Club is a friendly and supportive environment, which caters for all levels, from lead rein to the more experienced riders. The club’s aim is to bring together those who want to learn and have fun with like-minded people. They provide group rides (happy hacking), tutor led instruction both mounted and unmounted. Members can avail of the British Horse Society’s accredited Challenge Awards, which can lead to the first step in an equine career. There will be opportunities for representing the club competing against other Riding Clubs either as an individual or part of a Team.
For further information, send a message to 07985 510478 and someone will get back to you.