A total of €3,500 has been awarded to seven clubs under the Association of Irish Riding Clubs Club Excellence Award scheme for 2016.
Seven clubs applied to this years scheme when submissions were sought earlier this year, with one applicant achieving gold standard. Five clubs achieved silver with the remaining applicant picking up a bronze award
The scheme recognises the vital contribution affiliated clubs make in the development of the sport while providing outlets for participation and promoting equestrian sports at grassroots level. It also provides a road map for clubs to ensure they are operating at the highest standards possible.
Each applicant is assessed under 35 different criteria in areas such as club management, club development, education and training, volunteer management, competition participation, community development and health and safety.
The clubs will each receive a grant of €750 (Gold), €500 (Silver) and €250 (Bronze), depending on the standard they attained.
A.I.R.C. chairman Tony Ennis said,
It is great to see the effort clubs go to, to ensure they are active and developing along the right path. This scheme rewards those clubs and it is great to see seven clubs apply for the latest round.
It is no mean effort to attain gold standard so well done to Killcarrick Riding Club on achieving this. Five clubs also achieved silver which is very promising
Club Excellence Award Results:
- Killcarrick Riding Club (Kildare)
- Calliaghstown Riding Club (Dublin)
- Carne Riding Club (Wexford)
- Clonshire Riding Club (Limerick)
- Kilotteran Riding Club (Waterford)
- Waterford Riding Club (Waterford)
- Castle Carraig Riding Club (Clare)