Training/Participation Initiative

As part of a funded initiative by Horse Sport Ireland(HSI), MGAI are delighted to announce a number of funded training initiatives both at local area level and National level to both enhance skills of existing members which have become dormant due to a long Covid enforced layoff as well as attracting new members. The objective of these funded initiatives are as follows;

• Drive increased participation

• Create a positive environment for growing participation

• Create more effective marketing campaigns for increasing participation

Local Area Training: Instructor led training on a 1-1 or pairs basis. Charge out at €15 per rider. If members bring a new non-MGA rider for a session then the member will pay just €10 (non-member means not a member in 2020). It is planned to have a number of sessions per area.

• South East Area: Bunclody Co. Wexford (Dates TBC)

• North East Area: Evenings of Tuesday 25 / Wednesday 26 May (with Aido Hanlon) Tankardstown Gallops, Co. Meath

• North East Area: Evenings of Tuesday 1 / Wednesday 2 June (with Aido Hanlon) Tankardstown Gallops, Co. Meath

• South Area: Cork Dates TBC• Midlands: Dates TBC

Further dates with other trainers will be posted as required based on demand.

National Training: Instructor led training generally in groups of 3 or 4. Charge out at €15 per rider. If members bring a new non MGA rider for session then the member will pay just €10 (non-member means not a member in 2020).

• Saturday 29 May / Sunday 30 May (with Colin Carson) Tankardstown Gallops, Co. Meath

• Saturday 5 June / Sunday 6 June / Monday 7 (with Colin Carson) Stradbally Hall, Co. Laois

Funded training will initially be restricted to 2 sessions per rider

Expressions of interest for local training is through the local area reps: contact Deborah Nolan (085 1450010) for Midlands area; Marie Collins (087 6845671) for SE area; Emma Costello (087 1220963) NE area; Hilary O’Meara for Cork and SW (086 8200600).

For National training phone Mark Crowe (087 2856203) or Eilidh Hyland (087 7551246).

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