The showjumping rallies which were supposed to begin this Thursday evening have now been put back till next week.  I will update as soon as I have times/dates etc.


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Running training has been changed this week to the walk from Innishannon to Bandon (car park on left hand side of road going towards Bandon after Innishannon) and will start at the later time of 3.45pm.

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To All Members:

Please note that from the 27th March there will not longer be communication via texts or emails.  The club going forward will communicate via ‘Whats App’ only.  For those members who are not on ‘Whats App’ it is their responsibility to check the website for updates themselves and to also check the main IPC website for updates.

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SUMMER CAMP – 10th July – 14th July

Its that time again where the most important event of the club’s year is fast approaching – SUMMER PONY CAMP!  Unfortunately, we have a change of venue this year as due to circumstances outside our control our usual haunt is not available.

The residential pony camp is running this year from Monday 10th July – Friday 14th July (inclusive), at Lee Valley Equestrian Centre, Kilcondy, Crookstown, Co. Cork.  While it is with great regret we move on to a new location the Lee Valley promises to offer great things and an exciting camp is planned.

So stick the dates in your diaries and more information will follow closer to the time.

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The IPC Festival is being held this year from Friday 28th – Sunday 30th July in Mullingar Equestrian Centre.

Our club is hosting the Area Qualifiers for the Festival on the 15th July at Maryville Equestrian Centre.

The Festival is the highlight of the Irish Pony Club year and includes Show jumping teams, Mounted Games, Pure Dressage and Combined Training.  The qualifiers for all of these will be held on the 15th July in Maryville.

I am hoping to kick off with the showjumping rallies with the Festival/teams in mind starting next Thursday evening in Innishannon by kind permission of the Sheehy’s.  I have listed the various competitions below and would please request anyone who is interested to contact me on 086/8155279 so I can start to put numbers/groups together.  Any queries also feel free to give me a shout.


There are four Team events in the showjumping the requirements of which are as follows:

U12, Alice Mernagh *New competition 2016*

This is a competition for members over 8 and under 12 on the 1st of January of the current year. All competitors must be of D+ test Standard. All Ponies and horses are eligible if they are currently or have been in the previous year jumping with SJI at 90cm and under. Maximum height is 80cm.

Robbie Bailey

This is a competition for a team of four competitors under the age of 14 on the 1st of January of the current year. All competitors must be of “C” test standard or hold their “C” test. All Ponies and horses are eligible if they are currently or have been in the previous year jumping with SJI at 1m and under. Maximum height is 90cm. A Minimum of 8 fences will be used on the first round which will include a double. There must be a change of course for the second round which will have a double and a combination.

John Ledingham

This is a team competition for riders under the age of 21 on the 1st of January of the current year.Horses currently or in the previous year jumping at 1.10m or less with the SJI are eligible. A pony jumping at 1.10m is eligible provided it has not qualified for the RDS in the current year and has not represented Ireland with the SJI abroad. Maximum fence height is 1m

Senior Team

The Senior Show Jumping Team is for a team of four riders who are over 12 years old and under 21 on the first of January of the current year. All competitors must have passed their “C” test. The winning team in this competition is eligible to compete at the UK Pony Club Championships. Horses which are currently jumping at 1.20m and under are eligible. All ponies are eligible.


In Combined Training (CT), members ride a dressage test (in a 40m arena) followed by a show-jumping course (around 13 jumping efforts, including a double and a related distance).

The advantage of riding the dressage test first is that you then ride the same pony or horse over the SJ fences with renewed confidence knowing that you can better manage your lines, turns and pace.  It can be very exciting, particularly for the Intermediate and Open riders, as these winners at each Area Qualifier are eligible to enter the CT competition at the Dublin Horse Show.


Dressage is the highest expression of training where horse and rider are expected to perform from memory a series of predetermined movements. it develops obedience, flexibility and balance in the horse, and is therefore the basis for all other equestrian disciplines.

The ‘Pure dressage’ competition is for individuals and teams of three/four riders of any age, who ride a Novice level test in a 60m long arena.




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