A message from Duhallow P.C. :

Ricky Healy Fundraiser

Duhallow Branch of Irish Pony Club are facilitating a bucket collection at the National Tetratlon Championships on cross country day Saturday August 26th for our esteemed past member Rickie Healy.

Rickie Healy is a 27 year old man and was a very active member of his local pony club - Duhallow Hunt Branch for many years.  Rickie joined at a young age and represented our club at Tetratlon, Hunter Trial Championships, and Games.  In fact Rickie was a true pony clubber!!


Rickie was chosen to represent Irish Pony Club in International Tetratlon in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

Rickie was on holidays with his friends in early July and unfortunately had an accident in the swimming pool which resulted in serious spinal injuries. Rickie was airlifted to a larger hospital in Majorca where a spinal operation took place to attempt to repair the damage done to his C5 & C7. A GoFundMe page was set up in the immediate aftermath of the accident to raise funds to get Rickie back to Ireland by air ambulance. This was a success and Rickie is now under the excellent care of the doctors and nurses of the Mater hospital in Dublin waiting on a bed in Dun Laoighaire to begin his long arduous rehabilitation.  As yet the long term outlook is unknown but what we do know is Rickie is facing an uphill battle and the Rickie Healy Appeal was set up to help Rickie financially with any ongoing medical costs that arise.
Rickie is an accomplished sportsman but his 1st love was horses and hunting and Rickie achieved a lifelong ambition earlier this year when he was appointed 1st whip to the Galway Blazers and he was very much looking forward to the season ahead.


We will be in attendance with our buckets and would appreciate all the support you can give. Looking forward to seeing you all there.


Yours in sport,

Maria Aherne,

D.C. Duhallow Branch.




Pony Club SJ Classic Qualifier, (Areas 5 and 2), 

on Thursday 24th August

in Raheen Na Gunn Co.Kilkenny.  

2 members from the final get a weeks bursary Training in the Army Equitation School in Dublin - a magical opportunity for riders in Area 5 to avail of world class training. 
Entry is on the Day.  
For further information about this event please call Mary Allen on 0872772336.
Classes are;


Entries open from 26/7 on itsplainsailing.com
Tetrathlon is a challenging four phase competition requiring practical horsemanship and general athletic ability involving running, riding, swimming and shooting.
• Running phase: The senior boys run over a 3,000 metre course while senior girls and all juniors run over a 1,500 metre course and each competitor’s time is measured.
• Swimming phase: The senior boys swim for 4 minutes, senior girls and juniors swim for 3 minutes.
• Shooting Phase: Senior boys and girls shoot using an air pistol of .177 calibre at 10m. air pistol targets from the standing position. Junior boys and girls shoot using an air rifle of .177 calibre at 10m. air rifle target lying in a prone position. Scores from all four phases are added together to arrive at an individual score for each member. The best three individual scores are calculated to arrive at a team score.
The shooting will begin at 12pm approximately on Friday 25th August in the Watershed Leisure Centre, Kilkenny followed by the swimming at the same venue. Cross Country riding will be held at Grove, Fethard, Co. Tipperary on Saturday 26th August. The running will take place on Sunday 27th August at Clonmel Racecourse. The prizegiving will be held at Clonmel Racecourse on Sunday afternoon. A barbecue will take place on Saturday evening. Tickets will be available to purchase online. Stabling and camping will be available at Powerstown Park, Clonmel Racecourse.


AREA 5 ODE Red Mills Qualifier

Monday 7th August 2017
At Kilguilkey House, Cecilstown, Mallow, Co. Cork.
By kind permission of Danny &Michelle Dulohery


Open (C Test) British Eventing BE Test 100 (2012)
Intermediate (C Test) British Eventing BE Test 96 (2016)
Novice Intermediate (C Test) British Eventing BE Test 96 (2016)
-Ride the junior Course SJ & XC – This is a non qualifier
Junior (C Test) British Eventing BE Test 95 (2012)
Novice Junior (D+ Test) British Eventing BE Test 95 (2012)
-Ride the U12 Couse SJ & XC – This is a non qualifier
U12’s (D+ Test) British Dressage Prelim Test 7 (2002)
-This is a non qualifier
U10’s South Munster Introduction to Dressage Test C (2012)
-Ride this over a mini Show Jumping and Derby course

All tests available on Eventing page on www.irishponyclub.ie
Under 10 test available on IPC Dressage Page.
N.B. Competitors must bring their own number bibs

ENTRY FEES - €40 per entry, €35 U12s, €20 U10s
Event Secretary: Michelle Dulohery contact: michelle@kilguilkeyhouse.ie
Enquiries: Pat O’Dwyer 086 820 4119 or Helena Hurley 087 274 9853


The Muskerry team came 2nd in the Alice Mernagh Cup and qualified for Mullingar!  

Well done Lauren, Leah, Roisin and Sebastien - pictured with Chef d'Equipe Norma Lucey.


Our Robbie Bailey team came 4th!  Congrats to all!

The Irish Pony Club Festival 2017 will take place on the 28th, 29th and 30th July at Mullingar Equestrian Centre, Westmeath. 


The closing date for entries to be submitted to the Irish Pony Club is FRIDAY 21ST JULY at midnight.  This deadline will NOT be extended because, we will need to prepare the start times and the programme for the Festival. 


Competition List for the IPC Festival 2017:

  • Combined Training U-10                                    €35
  • Combined Training U-12                                    €35
  • Combined Training Junior                                  €35
  • Combined Training Intermediate                         €35
  • Combined Training Open                                   €35
  • Combined Training Senior Associate                  €35
  • Pure Dressage Individual                                   €35
  • Pure Dressage Team                                         €35
  • Show Jumping U-12 Alice Mernagh                    €35
  • Show Jumping U-14 Robbie Bailey                     €35
  • Show Jumping Intermediate John Leddingham   €35
  • Show Jumping Open Team                                €35
  • Show Jumping Senior Individual                         €35
  • Mounted Games U-10                                        €15
  • Mounted Games Junior                                      €15
  • Mounted Games Senior B                                  €15
  • Musical Ride                                                     €10 per person (Please Note: As of this year, the fee for Musical Ride is €10 per person.  There is no maximum payment.  For example, a team with 15 members entering the Musical Ride will pay 15 x €10 = €150)


Please Note: Members who qualified at their area qualifiers MUST make their entries through the branch Its Plain Sailing Page.  They will not be automatically entered for the Festival.  

·         For Team Competitions, DC's must put their teams together and arrange their members in the order in which they will jump.


·         DC's must SUBMIT their entries to the Irish Pony Club by FRIDAY 21ST JULY at midnight.  For branches NOT ONLINE, I have attached the Festival Entry Form for  Branches NOT ONLINE.  Please submit this completed spreadsheet through the IPC Its Plain Sailing Page using the link to Submit / Upload Branch Entry Form.


·         DC's must SUBMIT the Festival Fee Docket Form to Melissa (melissa@irishponyclub.ie or Irish Pony Club Office, Tinnascarty, Freshford, Co. Kilkenny) including payment via cheque or Banking Online before Wednesday 26th July 2017.  I have attached the Festival Fee Docket for your use.


Satbling at Mullingar Equestrain Centre must be booked in advance via the following link: http://www.mullingarequestrian.com/ipc-stabling/

  • 3 Nights Stabling Price: €60
  • 2 Nights Stabling Price: €50
  • 1 Night Stabling Price: €40.00

Please note: All stables for 1 night booking for a 2/3 day show must be vacated by 12.30 the following morning. Stables booked for the 2nd or 3rd night of a show may not be ready until 4.00 pmon the day of arrival.




Please note there is a change to the Area 5 Eventing date. The new date will be Monday 7th August (bank holiday). As usual Muskerry P.C. will be expected to provide some parents or older members to help on the day



Photos from Camp 2017

now available to view 

in Photogallery


Jumps Ahead Results


1st Roisín Lucey ( Bobby) – Muskerry Pony Club

2nd Ruben Hall (Peach) United Pony Club

3rd Isobelle Grogan (Buttercup) Carbery Pony Club

4th Caoimhe Lehane (Cracker Girl) – Muskerry Pony Club

5th Juliet McIntosh (Jack) Carbery Pony Club

6th Ryan Hyde (Jenny) United Pony Club


60 CM Leading Rider: Kate Lucey (Freddie) United Pony Club



1st Ella Foley (Sparky) Muskerry Pony Club

2nd Adam O’Donnell (Cruise)  West Waterford Pony Club

3th Josh Busteed (Ballynoe Badger) South Union Pony Club

4th Eimear Hayes (Starlight) Carbery Pony Club

5th Juliet McIntosh (Jack) Carbery Pony Club

6th Lauren Barrett Melleney (Sasha) Muskerry Pony Club


75CM Leading Riders Joint:

Rachel Brosnan (Ozzie) Duhallow Pony Club

Rebecca Lucey (Jake) United Pony Club




1st Jack Lucey (Storm) Muskerry Pony Club

2nd Jack Foley (Belle) Scarteen Pony Club

3rd Kate Healy (Sarah) Muskerry Pony Club

4th Rachel Brosnan (Ozzie) Duhallow Pony Club

5th Lucy Brady (Mister Proper) United Pony Club

6th  Lydia McDonagh (Quarryhall Sparky) Muskerry Pony Club


90 CM Leading Rider: Amy McDonagh (Inshalla Grey) Muskerry Pony Club




1st Kate Healy (Sarah) Muskerry Pony Club

2nd Lucy Brady (Mister Proper) United Pony Club

3rd Jack Lucey (Storm) Muskerry Pony Club

4th Lydia McDonagh (Quarryhall Sparky) Muskerry Pony Club

5th Amy McDonagh (Inshalla Grey) Muskerry Pony Club


1M Leading Rider: Lydia McDonagh (Quarryhall Sparky) Muskerry Pony Club

Area 5 Qualifier
15 July
Click here for details
area5_sj_qualfier_SUPC 2017.pdf (193018)


Jumps Ahead Results Week 3

Leading Rider 2017 (1).pdf (39316)
league results wk 3.xlsx (32335)
Qualified Riders.pdf (33959)


The Irish Pony Club Jockey Skills Course hosted by RACE (Racing Academy & Centre of Education) will take place on Fri. 8th and Saturday 9th September 2017.

Please inform your member who might be interested and give them a copy of the application form attached.


  • Must be paid up members of IPC 2017 and 2016
  • Aged 14 yrs. To 16 yrs.
  • Passed C Test and under 9 stone
  • Fee €220 (covers accommodation and meals Friday 8th from 12 noon to Saturday 9th 5pm and instruction)
  • Successful participants of the course who pass an assessment at RACE will have the opportunity to take part in an exhibition race at Naas Racecourse during the IPC Race Day on Sunday 24th September.

Click here to download Application Form

jockeyskills_applicationform2017.pdf (180384)





Congratulations to our five members who passed their C+ Test  on Friday 5 May! 
Well done April, Caoimhe, Danny, Saoirse and Tara!

IPC Eventing Qualifiers 2017

9 July - Crecora

16 July - Grove

23 July - Ballindenisk

7 August - Kilguilkey

19/20 Aug - IPC Eventing Championship, Tattersalls


ODE Red Mills Qualifier Flyer 2017.docx (39748)


Area 5  Show Jumping, Dressage and Combined Training Qualifier

on Sat 15 July

at Maryville E.C.

Organised by our friends in South Union P.C.

Queries to Anne O'Riordan 086 8155279



Our series of XC rallies with Andrew Lee ended with a great day on the Aherla H.T. course.  See some photos in our photogallery!



Congrats all our members who passed their C Test on Sunday 9 April!

More photos in our photogallery




14 of our members had a great two days at Coolcorron Stud in March, where they benefited enormously from Robert Splaine's instruction.




Congratulations to our thirteen members who all passed their D Tests in March!


And a huge thank you to Instructor Ellen Beardsley who had them all so well prepared.

See more photos in our photogallery


At least one parent of each Muskerry Pony Club Member must be Garda vetted.  This is not a complicated process.  Just download the form here, complete and forward to Irish Pony Club at the address supplied.  Many thanks!


Muskerry Hunt Pony Club

Muskerry Hunt Pony Club is a branch of the Irish Pony Club based in North West Cork.  We aim to provide young people with instruction and enjoyment in all horseriding activities.  We currently have approx 70 members aged 8 to 18 years.  We operate mainly in the Muskerry valley in venues near Lissarda, Cloughduv, Farnanes and Aherla and Aghabullogue, but also organise training or other events further afield. We are run by a Committee of Parents headed by our two District Commissioners Mary O'Riordan and Celine O'Connor.  Muskerry Hunt P.C. and eight other Cork Pony Clubs make up Area 5 of the Irish Pony Club.  Membership is on an annual basis for a calendar year.



Three cardinal rules

1: Safety

Safety is our primary concern. Riding is a risk sport so children attending rallies must be accompanied by a parent for the duration of the training. Our insurance only covers the member attending the training so no other person is permitted to ride.  Please remember that you should not mount your pony at a rally until asked to do so by the instructor.  Space is usually limited, so any lunging of ponies should happen at home and is not permitted at the rally venue. Your tack / riding gear must conform to Pony Club standards - see IPC website for recently updated safety standards.  Skull hats must be worn on cross country.

2: Consideration

Rallies are usually held at venues provided by the generosity of friends of the Club.  Please take care to respect their properties and make sure that you adopt a “leave no traces” approach to litter/animal fouling.  Please make sure to be punctual also, leaving plenty of time to tack up ahead of your start time.

3: Five rally rule

Summer camp is the highlight of the Club year.  To be eligible for Camp, members must have attended a minimum of five mounted rallies since the previous year's Summer Camp.