Great opportunity to immprove your skills with 


Instructor Kate O'Dwyer


a former member of Muskerry P.C.

and graduate of Kildalton College 


Kate will share her expertise 

on Sat 25 March at Carrigdarrery.


General rallies suitable for all levels.


names to Róisín on 087 3522177




March/April newsletter detailing all our upcoming activities now available on newsletter page.




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


Thanks to Celine for organising the event!




Cross Country Training

with Andrew Lee

on Killeady HT course on Sat 18 March

on Farrangalway HT course on Sat 1 April

on Aherla HT course on Sat 15 April

Names to Celine



 Area B Test training is about to start with Marie Hennessy and Niamh Morrison on Sat 18th March 3 to 6 p.m. then again Thursday 13 April  6 to 9 p.m.    It will take place in Kilmountain Equ. Centre Midleton Co Cork, please contact Niamh on 0872265075 to book in, further dates will be advised to the participants as they go along.
Any members looking to do the B+ or other senior exams please contact Marie Hennessey 087 1348613 to discuss same.




Trip to Zip-It rescheduled 

for 20 April


Names to Mary





Shine at this summer's One Day Events!


Nail that dressage test!


Rallies with Elaine Potter


at Reardons', Aghabullogue


Sats 22nd and 29th April


Names to Tania



  Mackey logo 3D (002) IPC, Mackey HUNTER TRIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS Sat. 22nd April at Annaharvey Farm Equestrian Centre, Tullamore, Co Offaly.                                                          MACKEY TEAMS OF THREE CHAMPIONSHIP, MACKEY SENIOR PAIRS CHAMPIONSHIP, SENIOR SINGLES, MACKEY JUNIOR PAIRS CHAMPIONSHIP, NOVICE INTERMEDIATE PAIRS, JUNIOR SINGLES, NOVICE INTERMEDIATE SINGLES, Entries will be open online soon.    


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


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

See more photos in our photogallery



C and C+ training starting

at Lucey EC, Aherla

on Fri evening 24 Feb.

Mock C Test Lee Valley 5pm 7 April 
C Test Lee Valley 9 April
C+ Test dates to be confirmed


Names to Celine


Local Hunter Trial Dates
17 March - Killeady
26 March - South Union, Farrangalway
2 April - Carbury, Templemartin
9 April -  Muskerry, Aherla
16 April - Tom Healy, Aghabullogue
(Note: These are run by the Hunts and are not Pony Club events)

Anyone interested in attending the any Irish Pony Club National Competitions e.g. Minimus, H.T. Championship, Festival and Eventing Championships,

please read the following info on vaccinations _


Dear DC and Minimus Trainer,


We are looking forward to another great Minimus competition in Punchestown again this year.

It is extremely important that all ponies entering the racecourse stables are compliant and we do not want any child to be disappointed that they cannot enter the stable yard.

This year we would ask that all DC's please take responsibility for their clubs, and now is the time of the year to get passports in order.

We would ask that ideally all these passports are viewed by a vet, to verify that all is in order.


All ponies must have received:

(1)  A Primary Course of TWO injections not less than 21 days or more than 92 days apart.

(2)  A First Booster must be given 5 - 7 months (not less than 150 days and not more than 215 days) after the second injection of the Primary Course.

(3)  Thereafter, Annual Boosters are to be given not more than 12 months apart.

(4)  Vaccination within 7 days prior to entering the Racecourse Stables is NOT ACCEPTABLE FOR ANY vaccination.

(5)  If at any time an injection is given later than is required under these rules, the whole sequence must be started from the beginning, including the 5 - 7 month booster.  If you are unsure, please ask your vet to check your vaccinations NOW.


If you are running a Minimus competition prior to the championships we would suggest that you notify everyone on entering that there will be “spot checks” of 8/10 ponies passports on the day, and this may help to ensure compliance.

We hope that all of the above will help to ensure an efficient & quick entry to the stables at Punchestown Racecourse.

Thank you.


Kind regards,


Mary Fitzpatrick

Administrator, Irish Pony Club


PS While this is being notified regarding the Minimus – it applies equally to all venues we use for IPC competitions e.g. Stables to be used at/near Annaharvey Eq., Mullingar Equestrian, Tattersalls Irl., Clonmel Racecourse etc.

Well done to the Muskerry team (Tara, Stephanie, Clodagh and Ella) who won the Team event at Carbery S J Bonanza on Sun 22nd!  This is the 4th year in a row that Muskerry have won this cup!!!  The same team also came 2nd in the other team event, and Ella Foley won the 75cms individual and Tara O'Sullivan came 3rd in the 1m class.  Well done to all!


And a huge thank you to our friends at Carbery PC for hosting yet another wonderful day out.


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!



Are you planning to do an Irish Pony Club Test this year?

D Test - to do this, you must turn 8 years old in 2017

D+Test - be 10 this year., and have done D Test

C Test - be 12 this year, and have done D and D+

C+ Test - be 14 this year, and have done D, D+,C and Riding and Road Safety Test

B Test - be 16 this year, and have done D, D+, C, and C+

A and H tests - you must have done B Test


Please let Celine know if you hope to sit a Test this year, as we need a rough idea of numbers to organise training.



A new Muskerry Pony Club Facebook page has just been created. 

Please like!

We will be posting regular updates on it as well as on this website


Duhallow Junior Hunt Ball

Springfort Hall, Mallow

Saturday, 27 January



Galway Fun Minimus


Download flier here -

minimus 2017 flyer.pdf (729423)


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 80 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.

Club phone 086 1223353

The club phone is an information source only.  Text / voicemail messages should not be sent to or left on it as they will go unnoticed.   Instead, please make sure that you communicate directly with the person nominated as the organiser of your rally.


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.