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.
https://www.itsplainsailing.com/club/nkpc

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 (claire@goodad.ie or 086 853 5115) know if you need one. There are two sizes: Under 12 and Over 12.

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Area 4 Showjumping Qualifier

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Minimus 2017

TEAMS
We have two teams travelling up to the Minimus at Punchestown on 17th and 18th May.

Kilkenny Hunt Amber Team
Rosie Farrell
Aisling Dwan
Shauna Furlong

Kilkenny Hunt Black Team
Darragh Dwan
Diarmuid Smithwick O’Brien
Aaron Doyle

CROSS COUNTRY TRAINING
The final cross country training is on Saturday at The Field, Ballyadams.
Please see our Facebook page for directions.

OPTION FENCES 2017
The Tetrathlon Committee has asked that all members taking part in the 2017 Minimus Championships and their parents become familiar with and encourage the use of the Option Fences especially for the newer younger riders going out cross country.

The Option Fences introduced in 2016 in response to feedback were not fully utilised because of the lack of understanding and the reason for having them at local level by parents, trainers and committee members. Option Fences will be numbered the same as the fence it is beside but with an O beside the number. It will be of a lesser height and more encouraging to jump, to allow members to move forward on the course.

The penalty for taking the option is 70 penalties this year, (as opposed to 200 penalties for three refusals at the main fence).

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Venue Change for Camp 2017

The venue for camp has been changed!

It will now take place at Coolroe, Graiguenamanagh by kind permission of the O’Shea family. Along with the usual dressage arena and showjumps, we’ll have on site cross country fences, farm tracks and a stream (which might come in handy for a water fight…).

More details to follow as we get closer to the dates.

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Camp 2017

CAMP 2017
One of the highlights of the year, Camp will take place from 3rd-7th July in Mount Juliet Equestrian Centre / Kilkenny Hunt Kennels.

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More Upcoming Events

Saturday 10 June
Minimus Cross Country training
The Field Equestrian Centre, Ballyadams, Co. Laois
Please note that if you aren’t taking part in the Minimus this year, you are still welcome to come to this training session. The facilities at The Field are excellent and it’s always a great day out.

17th-18th June
Minimus 2017, Punchestown
More details here: http://irishponyclub.ie/activities/minimus/

8th July
Area 4 Showjumping Qualifier for Pony Club Festival in Mullingar is on 8th July in Raheen Na Gun, Dunningstown rd , Kilkenny, hosted by Kilkenny Branch of Pony Club.

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Rally Dates for your Diary

Friday 19 May
by kind permission of Ryan family, Kileen, Graignamanagh

Friday 26th May
by kind permission of Farrell family at Bodal, Gowran

Friday 2nd June
By kind permission of the O’Donnell family at Bramblestown, Gowran.

Friday 23rd June
By kind permission of the Lawler Family, Ballyhale

If you need directions to any of these rallies, please contact Mags on 085 154 4791.

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Good luck to all our members competing in the Mackey Hunter Trial Championships 2017, details below.

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