IPC Branch Officer Training Day - Saturday 27th January 2018

The Irish Pony Club will hold a Branch Officer Training Day on Saturday 27th Juanuary 2018 at the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel.
This training day will be packed with vital information for all Branch Officials especially new District Commissioners and committee members.
There will be something for everybody and all Branches are invited to send their officials to this event.

Please register for the Branch Officer Training Day through the Irish Pony Club Its Plain Sailing page.

The Abbeyleix Manor Hotel are offering a special Accommodation Room Rate for IPC Branch Officials who wish to stay over night. Single Room B&B - €69. Double Room B&B - €89.

Further details including the timetable for the training day will be published in January.

E-Vetting to be Introduced from January 2018

E-Vetting to be introduced from January 2018 – The Irish Pony Club

With effect from January 2018, The Irish Pony Club will move fully to E-Vetting, meaning that paper-based Garda Vetting forms will no longer be accepted.

E-vetting will allow applicants to be vetted in a quicker and easier manner than before (usually in the region of 5 working days once the applicant have completed the Garda Vetting application form).

All information and relevant forms relating to E-Vetting will be available on www.irishponyclub.ie from January 2018 which applicants can then fill out and submit online.

Guidelines for E-Vetting

Step 1

The applicant must log on to the Irish Pony Club website, www.irishpolyclub.ie and download an Invitation to Complete Garda Vetting, manually complete the form and forward the form the Irish Pony Club head office, providing proof of identity.
Step 2
The Irish Pony Club will validate the proof of identity and send the applicant an e-mail with a link attached inviting him/her to complete a Vetting Application Form. The applicant has a 30-day window to complete the application form, otherwise it will be automatically deleted.
Step 3
The applicant completes a Vetting Application Form online and submits it to the Irish Pony Club.
Step 4
The Irish Pony Club will review the Vetting Application Form and, if correct, submit it to the National Vetting Bureau.
Step 5
The National Vetting Bureau processes the application and forwards a vetting disclosure to the Irish Pony Club.
Step 6
The Irish Pony Club will review the vetting disclosure and assess the suitability of the applicant to do relevant work with the Irish Pony Club.  As soon as is practicable the Irish Pony Club will provide a copy of the disclosure to the applicant.


The 2018 Instructor's Register is OPEN for Applications & Renewals

The Irish Pony Club Instructor’s Register for 2018 is now open.  The criteria for inclusion on the Instructor’s Register are:-

  • Attendance at Instructor Training organised by one of the following;
    • The Pony Club, The Irish Pony Club, HSI, BHS or FEI affiliates. 
  • 2 CPD points to be attained each year.
  • Certificate of attendance at a Sport Ireland, Safeguarding 1 Course.  From January 2018, this will have to be within the last three years.
  • Letter of acceptance from the Garda Vetting Bureau, within the last five years.
  • Up-to-date First Aid Certificate.
  • Payment of €20 fee for inclusion on the Register.

To renew your registration and pay the registration fee of €20, follow this link: https://www.itsplainsailing.com/club/ipc and complete the simple registration process.

First time applicants should download and complete the Instructors Register Application Form.

Instructors who wish to upgrade, should download and complete the Up-Grading Instructor Formstructor Form

All certificates can be sent to The Irish Pony Club Office at Tinnascarty, Freshford, Co. Kilkenny or e-mailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Applications for the 2018 Instructors Register will close on the 8th January 2018.  However, we would encourage instructors to complete the process at their earliest convenience.  

If you are an instructor and you DO NOT wish to be included on the 2018 Irish Pony Club Instructors Register, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Changing Times - New Irish Pony Club Administrator

As Mary Fitzpatrick nears the end of seventeen years of service and commitment to the Irish Pony Club we would like to offer a warm welcome to Jane Farrell.

Jane will be taking over the reins as our new Administrator from the beginning of 2018 and we very much look forward to working with her in the new year. Jane has worked in administration and accounts for many years and has a lot of experience with other equestrian bodies.  She is a Pony Club H Test graduate and enjoyed teaching in Pony Club branches.

We will all miss Mary and thank her most sincerely for her dedication over the years.  We hope that she enjoys this new phase in her life when she will have time to spend with the next generation of her family.

IPC Training Evening with James Tarrant, International Show Jump Course Designer (FEI 2) and Tony Ennis, IPC Instructor.

An IPC Training Evening will take place on Wednesday 13th December in the Indoor Arena at Gurteen Agricultural College, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary.

Beginning at 7.30pm, the students at Gurteen College present 'What Stride'.  James Tarrant, International Show Jump Course Designer (FEI 2) and Tony Ennis, IPC Instructor and HSI Tutor will work with demo riders on developing the canter and ride stride patterns for effective show jumping.

Admission is €10 per person and light refreshments will be available during the evening. 

1 CPD Point will be available for IPC Instructors and HSI Coaches.

This is an opportunity not to be missed especially if you need to collect CPD point for the IPC Instructors Register.

Don't forget, the application process for the 2018 IPC Instructors Register will close in January of 2018 so please complete the application process through the Irish Pony Club Its Plain Sailing page.  New applicants can download the application form from the Instructors page of the IPC website. 

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