Irish Pony Club News

The 2017 Irish Pony Club Jockey Skills Training Course concluded on Sunday 14th September with the Exhibition Race at Naas Racecourse.  The race finished in a dead heat with Robbie Jackson from Shillelagh and District Hunt Branch and Brandon Wilkie from East Donegal Branch inseparable on the line.  What better way to end the 2017 RACE Jockey Skills Training programme.  Well done to Robbie and Brandon. 

View the race in full here on the IPC Facebook Page.


RACE graduate Shane Foley presented certificates to all ten jockeys for completing the course:


  • Alex Harvey, Ward Union Branch
  • Brandon Wilkie, East Donegal Branch
  • Julie McDonald, Laois Hunt Branch
  • Fiona Clarke, Tynagh Branch
  • Alanah Cox, Leitrim Branch
  • James Coffey, United Hunt Branch
  • Jordan Kidd, Meath Hunt Branch
  • Charlie O’Dwyer, Kildare Hunt Branch 
  • Bernard Reidy Leahy, Scarteen Hunt Branch
  • Robbie Jackson, Shillelagh and District Hunt Branch

Our ten successful Irish Pony Club members completed their two-day training course at RACE on the 8th and 9th of September.  Each rider was scored throughout their training and the rider with the highest score was awarded the Irish Pony Club Jockey Skills Perpetual Trophy for 2017.  Fourteen-year-old Alex Harvey, form the Ward Union Branch was presented with the trophy on Sunday at the Irish Pony Club Fun Family Race Day.  Congratulations to Alex, excellent achievement.

Charlie O’Dwyer from Kildare Hunt Branch was judged by Leigh Roche to have demonstrated the best jockey skills in the race.  The IPC RACE Jockey Skills Training Course for 2017 has been another great success.  Every corner of Ireland was represented on Sunday.  It is a great credit to the work carried out by the branches that there was such an excellent spread of applicants for the 2017 RACE Jockey Skills course.  It is a fantastic opportunity for our young members to experience race riding first hand. 

There is no greater measure of success than to see the delight and excitement on the faces of all ten members.  We would like to thank Alex, Brandon, Julie, Fiona, Alanah, James, Jordan, Bernard, Robbie and Charlie for their excellent conduct, application and performance.  They were a credit to their families and branches throughout the process and everyone who worked with them was extremely impressed.

Thank you also to Keith Rowe and Paul Keane from RACE and Naas Racecourse Manager Tom Ryan and his team at Naas Racecourse. 

We are looking forward to the 2018 RACE Jockey Skills Training Course and Exhibition Race already.

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