Area 4 Training Evening

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Showjumping Clinics

Island Hunt Branch has invited our members to participate in the first of a series of showjumping clinics at Barnadown, Gorey, Co.Wexford. It will be held on Easter Sunday 21st April. The trainer is FEI coach Taylor Vard and is open to all levels. Times and groups will be determined once entries are in. Entries close April 14th.

For more details click here.

Booking can be made through their website through Itsplainsailing,  the Guest PC entry is for non Island PC members. It is also posted on their Facebook page @islandhuntponyclub

Any questions call Grace on 086 805 5071.  

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Ideal Minimus practice!

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Membership Renewal

If you haven’t done so already, don’t forget to renew your membership before the end of January. Memberships must be paid up before you can attend training or any Pony Club event. We’ll be back with show jumping at Grennan shortly so make sure you can join us. Just visit and click on Membership.

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Area 3, 4 and 5 Mackey Show Jumping Classic qualifier

This takes place at Raheen na Gun on Tuesday 21st August.
Start time 2pm.
Classes: 90cm, 1m, 1.10m and 1.20m.
Entires taken on the day or in advance via Itsplainsailing, click here.

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Are 4 Dressage and Combined Training Qualifier

Anyone who did combined training at Camp will be able for this – just please check the relevant dressage test beforehand in case it’s different to the one you learnt last week.



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Area 4 Show Jumping Qualifier

Anyone interested in this, please contact Syl Ryan on 086 820 6860.

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Camp 2018

CAMP 2018
This year Camp will be held at Ballyduff House, Thomastown from 2-6 of July. 
Cost is €140, payable through
Please let us know by 18th June if you are coming so we can confirm numbers and book instructors.

For the first time, there will be an optional showjumping clinic for the top ride with Ger O’Brien and Paddy O’Donnell, held on two separate mornings. There is an additional charge for this, please contact Kevin if you’re interested.

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ISH Young Breeders Programme

The ISH Young Breeders programme is a joint programme between Teagasc and Horse Sport Ireland. It is aimed at those between the ages of 14 to 25 years who are interested in assessing, exhibiting, and breeding performance horses. They do not have to be breeders themselves or necessarily come from an equestrian background. An avid interest and an eagerness to participate and learn is all that is required.

For more information, click here.

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Spring News

Now that there is a stretch in the evenings we are looking forward to getting out more and planning some spring Pony Club activities.

Here are some dates for your diary

18th February
Kilkenny Foxhounds Children’s and Newcomer’s meet
12pm Desart Wood, Cuffesgrange
All are welcome and the jumps will be optional.
Any enquiries to Catherine on 087 814 0503

23rd February (and subsequent Fridays)
Showjumping training at Grennan, Thomastown
For those who haven’t come to one of these evenings, why not give it a try?
No matter what your level or ability, Amy will have you making progress from the start!

3rd March
Cross country and Gallops day at Bramblestown, Gowran
A chance to improve your cross country skills over some natural fences and around the all-weather gallop.
We will split into two groups and keep the beginners separate from the more advanced riders so this day is suitable for proven XC performers as well as those making their debuts.

4th March
North Kilkenny Winter Triathlon
An ideal warm up for Minimus competitors and even for those who are looking ahead to next year.
It’s a 2 minute swim and a 1km run – why not give it a go.

30th March
Inter-Branch Team Showjumping at Ballinamona Equestrian Centre
Heights: 50cm-60cm, 70cm-80cm, 90cm and 1 metre
We would love to get some teams of four together but if not, individuals are always welcome to participate. It’s always a great day – hopefully there will be Easter eggs for all again this year!

Cross Country training
We will also be having XC training days at Ballintober and The Field.
Dates for these are yet to be confirmed.

Pony Club sweatshirts
We will be making an order to get some of theses in time for our first rally so please let Claire ( or 086 853 5115) know if you need one. There are two sizes: Under 12 and Over 12.

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