News from our latest Events
2022 has been a great year so far. Our members have been busy with rallies and tests and of course we had the return of our residential summer camp.
IPC Lunge Test
2022 saw the first IPC Lunge test and both Muskerry Candidates were successful. Congratulations to Laura O'Sullivan & Diarmuid O'Halloran
Muskerry Pony Club is very proud to have two candidates pass this test out of only six candidates nationally. A huge achievement for the club and inspiration for our younger member
Area Five Minimus & Tetrathlon
Muskerry Pony Club were delighted to host the Area Five Minimus & Tetrathlon in Ballindenisk. The event was a huge success and our members had great fun. Well done to all the participants from Muskerry, Abbie Murphy (2nd in the Novice Junior), Diarmuid O'Halloran (4th in the Senior Boys), Emily Macken, Kate O'Riordan, LilyMay Cronin, Siobhán O'Halloran,
Congratulations to our successful C+ Candidates for 2022
Well done to Amelia Scott, Ben Cassidy, Éabha Cassidy, Ella Buttimer, Jane Cassidy, Jessica Kiernan, Lucy O'Connor (West Carbery) and Róisín Lucey who all successfully passed their C+ test in early May. A great achievement.
Mini / Midi Showjumping League
We had a great two days of jumping at our Mini / Midi Showjumping League in Coachford EC in May. Isabelle Cooney & Siobhán O'Halloran took home rosettes for their participation in both legs of the league.
Pony Club Race @ Cork Racecourse
Abbie Murphy & Frankie Lucey represented Muskerry at the Pony Club race in Mallow Racecourse. A great day, organised by our friends in Duhallow PC.
Cross-country Training - Coachford EC
Early April saw our C Testers as well as other Club members getting some practice in on the Crosscountry course in Coachford Equestrian Centre.
Cross Country Practice in Ballindenisk - March 18th
What better way to spend our extra Bank Holiday for 2022 than out and about with your pony. Our C+ candidates had a rally in Ballindenisk in preparation for their C+ test. We ran a second rally for those interested in some xc schooling. Everyone enjoyed the wide selection of fences in Ballindenisk - a great day of learning for ponies and riders.
2022 D&D+ Test
Super proud of our youngest members starting their learning journey by passing their D&D+. The test was held in late February and we are delighted that all candidates passed. Onwards and upwards for Claragh O'Connor, Ellie Mae Lee Murphy, Emily Macken, Isabelle Cooney, Josie McCarthy, LilyMay Cronin, Sarah McGuire and Zuzia Rogalska
Spring Triathlons (Run, Shoot, Swim)
Diarmuid and Ciarán O'Halloran represented Muskerry in the Junior and Senior Triathlons at the Co. Clare PC and Newcastle Lyons PC events in February. Congratulations to Diarmuid who was placed in both events. Well done to both of you for representing your club.
Riding & Road Safety Exam - January 2022
2022 began with our Riding & Road Safety training and the test was held in late January. Muskerry were delighted that all 14 members who undertook the training passed their Riding and Road Safety Test. They knew their stuff and were able to cope with everything they encountered on the road including the unexpected (a bowling match!). Well done Adam Sweeney, Alice O'Callaghan, Amelia Scott, Anna O'Leary, Aoibhinn Lucey, Éabha Devereux, Ella Buttimer, Frankie Lucey, Kirsten O'Mahony, Lily Mazur, Róisín Lucey, Sarah McGuire, Seódín Buttimer, and Siobhán O'Halloran.
2021 was a short year with Jan - April restricted due to Covid, but once we got the green light we were out and about with our ponies and I think it is safe to say we had a good year overall.
Looking forward to 2022.
Jumps Ahead Final - November 28th 2021
The club is so proud of our members who worked so hard and represented us so well across the four legs of the Jumps Ahead League. Our members who qualified for the final were Aisha, Alyisha, Amelia, Ciarán, Diarmuid, Jessica, Grace, Harriet, Laura, Leah, Nicola, Sarah and Siobhán. Unfortunately Aisha and Grace couldn't attend on the day, but everyone else jumped their hearts out on Sunday.
Sarah McGuire - 8th in the Final
Siobhán O'Halloran - 10th in the Final
Jessica Kiernan - 1st in the Final & 3rd in the League
Ciarán O'Halloran - 7th in the Final
Alyishia Forde - 10th in the Final
Leah Murphy - 7th in the Final
Nicola Kiernan - 8th in the Final & 5th in the League
Diarmuid O'Halloran - 4th in the Final
Laura O'Sullivan - 4th in the Final & 2nd in the League
Diarmuid O'Halloran - 5th in the Final
Aisha Aksoy - 6th in the League
Amelia Scott - 8th in the Final
Harriet Scott - 1st in the Final & 1st in the League
Aisha Aksoy - 4th in the League
3rd Jumps Ahead Qualifier - Mid November
At our third Jumps Ahead qualifier our members again jumped brilliantly. Special mention to our rosette winners
Grace Kiernan - 4th in the 70s
Nicola Kiernan - 2nd in the 80s
Aisha Aksoy - 4th in the 1m
Laura O'Sullivan - 6th in the 1m
Harriet Scott - 2nd in the 1.1m
Aisha Aksoy - 4th in the 1.1m
Cross Country Training - Coachford Equestrian Centre
In November, in between Jumps Ahead competitions we squeezed in a trip to Coachford Equestrian Centre to check out their new jumps. A great day was had by all.
The second Jumps Ahead Date coincided with Halloween.
The costumes were fantastic. Well done to our very youngest - Alice O'Callaghan, Aoibheann Lucey, Sarah McGuire, Siobhán O'Halloran and Zuzia Rogalska
- you are the future - we are so proud of you. Special mention to
Nicola Kiernan - 5th in the 80s
Nicola Kiernan - 1st in the 90s
Aisha Aksoy - 4th in the 1m
Amelia Scott - 5th in the 1m
Harriet Scott - 1st in the 1.1m
Aisha Askoy - 2nd in the 1.1m
Ella Buttimer - 4th in the 1.1m
Thanks to all our members who entered into the spirit of things in their costumes and well done to those who took home costume prizes - . We think our DC Lene should have got a best costume of the day prize but maybe we're just biased!!
Mid October saw the first of our Jumps Ahead Dates.
We had 17 members taking part across the day and we couldn't be more proud of them all. A special mention to our youngest members, Isabel Walsh, Lily Walsh. Sarah McGuire, Siobhán O'Halloran and Zuzia Rogalska who did us so proud in the Starter Stakes and 60s and to Bobby Reardon who did the 70s.
Our older members gave it their all too with special mention to
Jessica Kiernan - 1st in the 70s
Ciarán O'Halloran - 5th in the 70s
Grace Kiernan - 5th in the 80s
Diarmuid O'Halloran - 6th in the 90s
Laura O'Sullivan - 3rd in the 1m
Harriet Scott - 5th in the 1.1m
Aisha Aksoy - 6th in the 1.1m
Three successful H Candidates.
Muskerry Pony Club celebrated again in early October as three of our members achieved the Irish Pony Club H test certificate. Well done Nicola, Orna and Tara for all your hard work across the summer. A great achievement from all three members and a fabulous inspiration to our younger members.
Fun Club One Day Event - September 2021
Muskerry Pony Club dusted down our xc fences and had a great fun One Day Event in late September. Some of our youngest members took on their first ODE, with thanks to Molly O'Connor for minding them. Thanks also to Shota Niikura for supervising proceedings and for the dressage feedback (with scribe Orna O'Mahony). Finally and most importantly many many thanks to our wonderful host Eddie and family. Unfortunately we don't have many of our youngest members but there was no shortage of photos of the older ones taking on the XC fences!!
Huge Congratulations to our two successful B+ Testers
Muskerry were extremely proud of our two senior members Molly O'Flynn and Tara O'Sullivan who successfully passed their B+ test in mid September. Getting a test at this level is a huge achievement and proof of both hard work and commitment. Well done both of you from everyone in the club.
Congratulations to our New B Testers.
Well done to Diarmuid O'Halloran, Jack Lucey and Laura O'Sullivan for passing their B test in early September. A great achievement!
IPC Eventing Championships, Tattersalls, August 28th & 29th
Muskerry was represented by Diarmuid, Jack, Laura and Nicola at the IPC Eventing Championships in Tattersalls. A fabulous weekend was had by all. Everyone in the club is so proud of Laura O'Sullivan and Checkers who won the Intro Intermediate Class. Jack Lucey also had a great result with a 4th place in the same class. Well done all for representing Muskerry so well on the national stage.
IPC National Tetrathlon Championships
14th & 15 August 2021
Diarmuid O'Halloran was the only Muskerry member competing at the National Tetrathlon Championships, in Killossery Lodge, Swords Co Dublin and Ballinakill, Co. Laois. Competing at Senior level for the first time, Diarmuid did us proud in four sporting disciplines. His team came second in the senior boys category.
IPC Festival, Barnadown - July 27th, 28th & 29th 2021
Muskerry were represented at the IPC festival by Aisling Devereux in the Under 10 Combined Training, Nicola Kiernan in the Pure Dressage and Diarmuid O'Halloran, Harriet Scott, Laura O'Sullivan and Róisín Lucey in the John Ledingham team showjumping. While there were no ribbons for Muskerry at the Festival, all members got to enjoy Irish Pony Club competition at the top level.
Eventing Qualifiers 2021
Muskerry were well represented at the various Eventing qualifiers across the summer. There were Muskerry members at the one day events in Crecora (July 11th), Kilguilkey (August 7th), and Ballindenisk (August 15th). Congratulations to Diarmuid O'Halloran who came 4th in the Intro Intermediate in Crecora, and 6th in the same class in Kilguilkey. Congratulations to Laura O'Sullivan who came 4th in the Intro Intermediate in Kilguilkey. Well done also to Alyisha Forde, Ciarán O'Halloran, Frankie Lucey, Grace Kiernan, Jessica Kiernan, and Róisín Lucey who all represented the club so well. At the end of the summer of ODEs, Diarmuid O'Halloran, Jack Lucey, Laura O'Sullivan, and Nicola Kiernan all travelled to the Eventing Championships in Tattersalls in late August.
Congratulations to our C Testers 2021
Well done to Ciarán, Eabha and Frankie, on successfully passing their C Test on July 20th.
Six Muskerry Members Qualify for the IPC Festival at the Area Five Qualifiers - July 17th 2021
Eleven Muskerry members entered a selection of events and the Area Five Qualifiers in Ballindenisk on July 17th 2021. Everyone had a great day in fabulous sunshine and six Muskerry members qualified for the festival. Congratulations to Aisling Devereux who came 2nd in the U10 combined training, Nicola Kiernan who came first in the Pure Dressage, Tara O'Sullivan who came 6th in the Intermediate CT and finally the John Ledingham team (Diarmuid O'Halloran, Harriet Scott, Laura O'Sullivan and Róisín Lucey) who won their SJ class with room to spare. A great day for all competitors - well done all - you did Muskerry proud.
Kindly hosted by Eddie & Ursula McDonagh
Muskerry Pony Club had a wonderful Camp from June 30th to July 2nd. Kids and ponies were delighted to be back out and about in the sunshine. Many thanks to our instructors Norma, Shota and Wayne we had three fantastic days of fun and learning - roll on 2022. Large Gallery of photos so happy clicking/swiping!!
Weekly Showjumping Rallies - Lucey Equine Centre.
Our senior and junior members attended a showjumping rally every second Wednesday, with Norma Lucey at Lucey Equine Centre. The members jumping improved no end across May, June & July, which led to confident SJ rounds later in the summer. Well done all.
Crosscountry Rally - Ballygriffin
In early June we had a great Crosscountry rally in Ballygriffin with Becca Dunlea.
Great selection of fences and good fun had by all.
Crosscountry Rally-Coachford EC with Ellen Beardsley
What better way to blow away the lockdown cobwebs than a blast around over a few cross country fences.
Funday / Sunday Rally
Another great training rally with Elena FitzGerald in Mid-November. One a miserable November day we all managed to get out and about, learning and having fun with our ponies.
Halloween Spooktacular Rally
Over Halloween some of our members got into the spirit of the season but also learnt lots at a rally with Elena FitzGerald.
C Test Success for our Members
After a false start with our C Test Training in the spring our members came at it again in the Autumn. Across September the members trained hard and they successfully completed their test in early October. Many thanks to our trainer Norma Lucey and examiners. Well done to all of them.
We also had members who worked hard toward and successfully completed the C+ test. Some of these members had also started the training in the spring but were determined to complete. Training took place in September and all the Muskerry members including one from Carbery were successful. Many thanks to their trainer Ellen Beardsley and their examiners Mary Allen and Marie Hennessey (who also kindly hosted us). Well done all.
B Test Success
Despite Covid and intermitant lockdowns our member Nicola Kiernan managed to complete her B test training over the summer and successfully completed her test in early September. Well Done Nicola (and Marty!) - What a great achievement
3 Day Clinic
All our club members were so disappointed when our annual Pony Club Camp could not happen in early July. It is the highlight of our club year and was sorely missed. We did however manage to have fun at our three day clinic later in July. We trained across two days and did a practice one day event on the final day. Lots of learning and fun and many thanks to Lucey Equine Centre who hosted us.
Clare Pony Club Winter Triathlon
Congrats to Diarmuid O'Halloran for coming 5th in the Clare Pony Club Winter Triathlon. Well done also to Ciarán and Siobhán who also both flew the flag for Muskerry.
E, D and D+ Test
Everyone's pony club journey begins with their D test (our even younger members begin with their E test). Our 2020 candidates are happy to pass their test in early March. Well done everyone.