Wednesday January 28, 2015
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Membership Renewal Form 2015 is available here


The running order for Dengie Dressage Qualifier on Saturday 28th Dec is as follows: 


Novice 2009 test Dengie dressage qualifier 28/12/13  



Pony name



Rachael Thompson

Sam-mar Madame Sophie Mid Antrim


Sophie Winn

The Ferryman Route


Christine McNally

Miss Pepper Route


Sarah McNally

Mohilla Route


Morgan Skillen

Mayo Mid Antrim


Kristen Thom

Nathan Mid Antrim


Kat Butler

Spinner none


Alex Byrne

Willow Wisp East Antrim


Sophie Winn

Wizard of Oz Route


Tara Murphy



Rachael Graham

Jester Mid Antrim
Intermediate 2013      


Laura King



kathryn King

Roc Tredudon  


Sophie Williams

Admirals Voyage  


Crystal Moore

Charlie Rabbit  


Jasmin Vollands

Mo Chara Nua  


Laura King

Colonel Gun  





Charity Christmas Show with Dengie Qualifiers

Xmas Charity Show poster 2013


Mounted Games have had a busy few weeks, firstly Daire McKenna and Courteney Wray represented Mid Antrim on the NI Mounted Games team at Windsor. 

Next was Games for the first time at the new Balmoral Park, a late night for everyone with the team of Daire McKenna, Aaron Reid, Courteney Wray, Hannah Thompson and Orla O’Kane taking 2nd place, a very exciting and closely fought competition.

A few days later the gamers were off to Dungiven for the Area Games.  The senior team of Aaron Reid, Courteney Wray, Daire McKenna, Hannah Thompson and Orla O’Kane came 2nd and were awarded 3rd in the tack and turnout.

Junior team – Erin Dunseath, James McNabney, William Hamilton, Brigid Delargy and Alex Henry McCool did their branch proud taking 1st place.

Assisted team – Nicole McClements, Jo Henry McCool, Naomi McCavanna, Charli Henry McCool took 3rd place.

A great result with all teams bringing home a rosette.  The Senior and Junior teams have also qualified to travel to the Zones in Perth at the beginning of July.  Good Luck to you all.



Congratulations to The Mid-Antrim Branch of the Pony Club Junior Team who attended the Pony Club Area 17 Mounted Games Finals in Dungiven on Saturday 25th May, hosted by the North Derry Branch. They finished in first place to qualify for the Pony Club Zones in Perth on 6th July 2013.
Massive thanks to everyone who helped with training the team all year.
Sadly due to the on-going bad weather and very wet ground conditions at Laurelview it is necessary to postpone our Two Phase event which was to be held on Saturday 27th April.
Everyone please keep checking your emails, FaceBook and text messages as we are determined to host this event at a later date and as soon as possible.
All cheques sent as payment for entries will be shredded.
If anyone has any queries please contact George on 07710 079382 or Mary on 07756 407157.
Mid Antrim’s Two Phase Event at Laurelview on 6th April has had to be postponed due to the recent bad weather.
It will now take place on Saturday 27th April at Laurelview.  If the date change no longer suits you or indeed now does suit you please contact Glenda asap on 07791154131.
Lots of helpers required so please contact George to offer your assistance
 Just a couple of reminders.
1. Please ensure that your hat has been tagged, especially if you got a new one for Christmas. Hats should be tagged before riding at rallies but will need to be tagged before the Dengies or any other PC competitions.
2. Membership cards are being distributed over the next few weeks. If you are riding with spurs, please ask George to sign and verify that you have permission to ride with spurs if you don’t already hold your B Test.
3. As always check that your stirrups meeting with PC requirements. A quick guideline – there should be one finger width’s clearance between your boots and the side of your stirrups.
All rules are available to download and read on
Pictured are Sophie Doherty, Erin Dunseith, Nicole McClements, Luke, Oliver Doherty and Bethany.  Mums are Sharon Cunningham and Joanne McClements presenting the cheque to Natasha Walsh from NI Cancer Foundation for Children
Well done everyone for all your efforts, it was very much appreciated by NICFC!
Two teams from Mid Antrim travelled to Caffre College Enniskillen to participate in the Area Quiz – 1st Feb. 
ShowJumping Rally
MacKenzies Indoor has been booked for 4weeks  commencing Tuesday 05th Feb for ShowJumping training.  £30 to be paid on first night.  Single nights are £10 but please check there’s an available space before you attend the rally.  Please text your name and preferred time to Sharon and she will confirm times for you before the end of January.
Please download and complete the attached RenewalForm 2013 and return to Mary O’Connell as soon as possible.  Please go to Membership Renewal Tab for full details.
Mid Antrim Dengie Qualifier at Connell Hill 18 October 2012
Junior Dengie qualifiers were: 1st James McNabney; 2nd Erin Dunseith, 3rd Jodie Creighton  and 4th Orla O’Kane
Senior Dengie Qualifiers were: 1st Laura Wylie; 2nd Nicole Cameron and 3rd Morgan Skillen.  Jamie Lee Mark also attended but has already qualified
Senior Dengie Qualifiers Oct 2012
Equine Influenza (Horse Flu)
Equine influenza (flu) is a disease that affects the upper and lower respiratory tract of horses, donkeys and mules. It is very infectious and spreads rapidly through groups of horses with an incubation period of one to three days. Clinical signs are similar to other respiratory infections, making it difficult to confirm without laboratory tests, although rapid spread throughout a yard, accompanied by clinical signs, is usually indicative.

Rapid diagnosis is essential to differentiate it from other infections such as strangles.

 Clinical signs can include:

  • the sudden onset of a dry cough
  • a high temperature
  • slight enlargement or tenderness of the sub-mandibular lymph nodes  
  • clear discharge from the nostrils and eyes
  • loss of appetite or depression
  • rapid breathing

It is easily spread by inhalation of the virus released into the atmosphere by infected horses and through contact with contaminated kit, such as dirty buckets, although the virus will not last for long in the environment.

Influenza is so contagious that there is a near 100% infection rate in unvaccinated horses. After contracting flu, horses will start to show clinical signs within one to three days and will spread the virus for a further five days.

In uncomplicated cases, the horse will usually fully recover within two to three weeks, but more complicated cases can lead to permanent lung damage.


To prevent the spread of equine influenza, it is important that horses are vaccinated regularly. The FEI now requires all horses in competition under its rules to be vaccinated every six months, instead of annually, and as from 1 January 2006 there will be fines for those who do not comply.

It is important that owners know why their horses are being vaccinated, as they don’t always see the effects of influenza. Vaccines are so effective that it is easy to forget what it was like when competitions were cancelled due to outbreaks.

AREAS 2013
Games will be hosted by North Derry
Tetrathlon by Tullylagan
Dressage by Seskinore
Dengie Dressage by North Down
Show Jumping by Route
Area Trials by East Antrim
Dengie Show Jumping byMid Antrim
Quiz by Fermanagh
Home Championships by Killultagh
Balmoral Schools Showjumping
Brigid Delargy was the last EVER showjumper to compete at Balmoral in its current location.
HSBC  Training – Re-scheduled Date
HSBC training has been redated for 1st November. This was initially to take place in July and had to be cancelled due to ground conditions.     
Anyone interested please get in touch with Mary on 07756 407157
It usually comprises of an indoor lesson based around cross country and eventing, followed by a cross country course walk and ride.
It is geared towards Novice, Intermediate and Open Eventing levels



Last week we encountered a problem with our Pony Club email account, all correspondence and contacts were deleted from the account by a hacker. Most of the email addresses have been retrieved however there may be a few missing. If you are not receiveing emails from Pony Club please email and your details can be saved again. Or text Mary 07756407157 giving your name and your email address. Hopefully we will get everyone’s details up and running again very soon. Sorry for the inconvenience.



Pony Club now has their own Facebook Page for use by any of our members.


Games Training

Training continues for everyone on Wednesday evenings at Connell Hill from 7 – 9pm.  All welcome!


Tetrathlon Results

Congratulations to our Junior Team who took 1st Place at the East Down Tetrathlon.  Team members included Nikki McNeice, Rebecca Surgenor and Hannah Winters.  Well done to you all!

Congratulations also to Brigid Delargy (Fledglings) who came third.


Area 17 Dressage Clinic

North Down are planning to start a Dressage Clinic open to all clubs in Area 17.
They are really lucky to have secured Alison Maston-Moore as trainer and hope to meet on a monthly basis.
Each lesson would be 1 hr long with only 2 riders at a time.
The venue would be varied to help as many clubs interested.
Please contact Sandra Vollands at : if you are interested.
Please advise what level you ride at and what PC test has been obtained.
This is a great opportunity to get excellent tuition and develop your skills in the discipline of dressage, and it would also give everyone an opportunity to make new friends in different clubs (parents included!!).






Please contact Roberta 07850505877 – after 6pm, stating which area competitions you would like to enter.
Details of competitions were posted and emailed previously with a reply sheet.
Dates will be organised for team selection over the next couple of weeks, so if you want to be considered for team selection please contact Roberta, asap.
You do not need to phone Roberta if you already posted the Reply Sheet to her