A young horse rider from Newtoncunningham is going to take on a challenge of going from Arranmore to Malin Head on horseback in twenty four hours.
The trek will take place from February 21 to 22. She plans to leave the lighthouse on the western seaboard of Arranmorre island on Saturday afternoon, ride across the county to Malin Head, the most northerly point of the county arriving on Sunday afternoon.
Clodagh Barry’s proposed route is approximately 170-180 kilometres and will take her through Dungloe, Doochary, Glendowan, Letterkenny, on to Bridgend, Buncrana, over to Fort Dunree, Clonmany, Carndonagh to Malin Head.
This route may be a little longer than the direct route, but as she is travelling on horseback, she is keen to stay off the main roads as much as possible. Due to the vast distance involved, Clodagh will be using more than one horse and would like to thank those that have offered the use of their horses for parts of the route.
Clodagh is a leaving cert student at Deele College in Raphoe.
Clodagh hopes to raise funds for the TREC Ireland Young riders team that is travelling to Italy in September to the TREC World Cup competition. TREC is a TREC is a three phase equestrian discipline, that combines three phases; POR (Orienteering), MA (Control of Paces) and PTV (Obstacle & Skills Test) and holds a world Cup every four years.
Clodagh along with Lisa Moore from Ramelton are both on the Young riders panel for this competition and would be optimistic of making the final team. The costs of transporting horses to Europe is enormous, so this is the first of a series of fund-raisers that will be run. All sponsorship would be greatly appreciated and if your business would like to be involved in either this event or in sponsoring their travel to Italy, you can contact Liam at 0872634301.
A Facebook event created called Arranmore Island to Malin Head on horseback were the full route will be documented and approximate arrival times along the route will be added. If anyone wishes to walk, run, cycle or ride on horseback with Clodagh along any portion of the route, they are welcome to join.