Irish Pony Club News

The Kingdom Branch of the Irish Pony Club would like to invite ALL Irish Pony Club Members to their End of Year Show at Woodlands, Faha, Killarney, Co. Kerry on Sunday 30th December 2017.  The warm up and show arena are all under one roof with heated seated area, coffee shop, ample parking and stabling.

Our show is about fun and inclusion, with classes from cross poles to 1meter, a mixed team competition and fun novelty classes.

All Pony Club rules will apply but U12s can wear their branch sweaters instead of Show jackets. (body protectors and approved head gear are of course mandatory).

  • Class 1: Newcomers/ Cross poles recommended D test level or below
  • Class 2: 60/70cm, recommended D/ D+
  • Class 3: 80cm recommended for D+ or C level
  • Class 4:90cm Recommended C/ C+ level
  • Class 5:1m Recommended C level and above
  • Class 6: Mixed Team Competition, all levels
  • Class 7: Accumulator, all levels
  • Class 8: Relay, all levels


  • Class 1 to 5 First entry €15, subsequent entries €10
  • Class 6 to 8 entry €10
  • Any pony can only enter and jump in 3 classes max (not including the team competition).
  • The recommended levels are in the spirit of fair play and should be taken as such!

Team Jumping:

Mixed teams of 4 riders, 2 junior riders 12 or under, 2 senior riders 12 or over. Teams must be declared in advance by text to 0871176807 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Each rider/pony combination must state which class result (from class 1 to class 5, if they enter more than one) is to counts towards the team score. The 3 best scores of each team will count. Points will be allocated as follow:

  • 1st place 6pts
  • 2nd place 5pts
  • 3rd place 4 pts
  • 4th place 3pts
  • Double clear unplaced 2pts

In case the event of a tie, there will be a jump off over an 80cm short track to be jumped by two nominated riders from each team (can be either junior or senior rider). Fastest cumulative clear rounds win (we will add the scores of both riders doing the jump-off for each team)!
When declaring, please state:
Name of team and each rider’s name, age, test level, pony’s name and which class counts. No need to pre -pay, but please only enter if you are really coming!
Sample entry:
Name of team: Team Kerrygold
Rider 1 James, 8yo, no test and Cola, newcomer
Rider 2 Clare, 11yo, D+ test and Flower, 70cm
Rider 3 Eric, 12yo, D+ and Blunt, 80cm
Rider 4 Sophie, 18, C test and Kojak, 90cm

Each of these riders could jump in several classes but these declared classes are the ones that will count. No changing to suit! This is why we need teams declared before the jumping starts.

Any declared class must be in the recommended range of the rider ability. Any over 12 riders must declare their higher entry (Ie: if entering both 90cm and 1m, they must declare the 1m class for the team). This is in the spirit of fair play.

We have great prizes for all classes and wonderful rugs for the winning team, so come and join the fun!
We will also hold the draw for our annual fundraising raffle, top prize of a Show jump! Tickets for sale with Kingdom members and also online with 
If you can’t join us on the day, you might like to support us this way and be in with a chance of some great prizes. The full list will be published on our website very soon.
Merry Christmas to you all!
Gaelle Daly,
The Kingdom Branch of IPC

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 – 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 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, 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 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: 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.

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.


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