Wednesday November 25, 2015

Area 17 Training to be held at Gransha in Bangor on Saturdays 14,21,28 November starting at 6pm prompt. The cost is £10 per rally. Please ring Sharon on 07752920008

DRESSAGE – Northdown are holding a Dengie Dressage qualifier on Friday 27th Nov. Check dressage Tab for details.



Please book with Shirley for Portmore sessions 07825141171 the weekend before. These sessions are not restricted to those doing Dengie, but the heights will be similar to Dengie heights


C+ training has now stopped for the majority (exception Tabytha and Tuesday 7.30pm group) so there is availability on Thursday evenings for those older members or with C+ and B tests. Starting 19th November. Cost £15. All must book in as normal and rides will be on a first come basis. E-mail


KEEP THE DATE!! C+ TEST WILL BE HELD ON SUNDAY 6TH DECEMBER AT THE MEADOWS. START TIME 9.30/10AM  Further information will follow once we have confirmation of numbers, please let Rose know by e-mail or text 07788710325 if you can attend.


Dengie Show-Jumping Qualifiers run by Iveagh

5th December Portmore 7pm Sharp

2nd January Portmore 7pm Sharp

31st January The Meadows 11am

7th February The Meadows 11am

20th February Portmore 7pm Sharp

Other Pony Clubs will be running qualifiers too, check the press or their individual websites


Many, many thanks to all those who helped in the preparation and the running of our Halloween Show: Susan Roberts, Gwen Kerton, Mrs Elizabeth Jess, Lorraine Sinton, Stephen Mcalinden, Suzanne Maguire,Aoife O’Farrell, Hannah Chambers, Gemma Chambers, Shirly Mccombe, Avril Hall-Callaghan, Mrs Anne Kerr, Mrs Margaret Murphy,Helen Patterson, Janet Mc Dowell, TRI Equestrian NI, Gareth McCombe, Annie Chambers and anyone who helped in any way. We had a great day and the sun shone!


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The C+ Test will be minimum of 4 riding sessions and 4 stable management sessions with a mock test. Riding starts Thursday 22nd October at Smiths, Gilford. Ride times are up on website. There will be 3 groups for stable management, one starting at 7pm in Gilford on Monday 2nd Nov for 4 consecutive Mondays, one group starting in Banbridge at 6.30pm on Monday 2nd Nov, and one group on Wednesday evenings in Banbridge at 6.30pm starting 4th November. Cost of Stable management plus test is £45 payable at test. Please contact Rose if you need a particular group time. REMEMBER YOU NEED A MANUAL OF HORSEMANSHIP


The Iveagh Pony Club
in association with
The County Down Hounds
are having a
Charity Children’s Drag Hunt
In aid of the
Southern Area Hospice
In memory of Lynn Malcolmson
On Saturday 28th November 2015 @ 12.30pm
Meet Ballycross Road, Banbridge BT32 4HS
All children and Pony Club members welcome.
Suitable for all – lead rein upwards
Minimum donation £10 per child
All proceeds to Charity
Light lunch will be served and non riders can attend also and avail of lunch and make a donation.
For further information contact Jill on 07590367128


For more Dengie Information – cut and paste link below into your browser:




Due to the success of the training 2014 at Ballymac Stud with Stephen & Trevor Smith there will be 4 sessions during November 2015.

Dates:  FRIDAY’s          NOVEMBER  6TH, 13TH, 20TH AND 27TH.

There will be 2 sessions, first 6.30 pm (please be mounted and ready to start)

7.30 pm (again please be mounted and ready).

Application attached.  Sessions will be arranged according to size of horse/pony.  The first session will be introduction and assessment of both rider and horse/pony.  The limit is 6 per session.

The following session will be a mix of flat work, jumping with the final session combining Show Jumping and Cross Country.




There will be a B Riding Test on 15 November at Duke’s Stables, Gilford,

The fee will be £35 per head to help cover the hire of the venue.

Late nominations will incur a fine.  Closing date no later than 23 October. Nominations need to be sent by your branch. Please contact Suzie Hamilton-Stubber/Vanne ASAP if you wish to take the exam, and training can then be organised


That’s all Area Competitions over for 2015. A huge thank you to every parent, grandparent, volunteer and supporter who gave, unconditionally of their commitment, time, and considerable finance. You ensured that the members attended rallies and training sessions, and travelled to competitions all year, well prepared and in a position to give their best. We were not disappointed, Iveagh results were fantastic and the members were a credit to the Branch.

Iveagh at the Championships

Iveagh Branch of the Pony Club have recently celebrated one of their most successful campaigns through the Area 17 Competitions, gaining 5 team and 10 individual qualifying spaces for the Pony Club UK Championships in August, hosted at Cholmondeley Castle in Cheshire.

For full round-up of Iveagh’s achievements please click on link below


Hat Rule 2015

Important Notice Regarding the Withdrawal of EN 1384

Following the withdrawal of EN 1384, manufacturers are preparing to produce hats to an improved standard which is expected to be in line with PAS 015:2011. Hats will continue to be manufactured and kitemarked to BS EN 1384: 2012 for 12 months or more and may be available on the market place to the end of 2016.

We anticipate hats manufactured to the new standard to become available late in 2015 or early 2016.

It is our understanding that hats manufactured and kitemarked to PAS 015: 2011 will continue to be available because this is an improvement upon BS EN 1384: 2012.

These changes do not affect the AS/NZS 3838: 2006 with the SAI mark or the SNELL standard.

What do these changes mean for The Pony Club?

After 31 December 2015, The Pony Club will not be allowing Members to take part in their activities using riding hats which are only marked with the standard (BS)EN1384 1996, 1997 or 2012; even with the Kitemark which we have always specified is necessary. We would suggest that if you are going to buy a new hat you ensure it is also marked with one of the other standards allowed under The Pony Club rules so that you can continue to use it in 2016.

Pony Club Centres are advised to check with their insurers whether a Centre Member would be covered if an incident occurred whilst they were wearing a non-compliant hire hat.

Hat Tagging

The Pony Club wrote to Branches in December 2014 requesting that all hats are checked and re-tagged with white tags by the end of January 2015. We have had to alter this advice slightly following the withdrawal of EN 1384, as described above. Therefore hat tagging rules now state:

– Hats which have only been tested to the standard (BS)EN1384: 1996, 1997 or 2012 (with kitemark) will be not allowed beyond the end of 2015. Therefore they can remain tagged with a purple tag for the rest of the year, after which time the hat must be replaced.

– Hats which meet one or more of the other standards listed in the Hat Rule can be re-tagged with a white tag as soon as possible, as they will continue to be accepted after 2015.

We are aware that a number of Snell labels on Gatehouse HS1 Skull Caps have worn away, leaving just the BS EN 1384 standard visible.  If you are experiencing this problem, and are therefore unable to have your hat re-tagged with a white tag, please email Ann-Marie Joyce at Gatehouse with the following: Images of the outside of the helmet showing which model is owned, an image of the batch number label and an image of the worn out Snell decal. Please also include your name and address.


The Pony Club Way

The Pony Club Way

Book and DVD are both still available and would make the perfect gift  for anyone with connections past or present to The Iveagh Branch of The Pony Club. Please contact Vanne, Áine or Shirley for copies. Donations to Pony Club Funds.


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