Tuesday January 27, 2015

The Area 17

With the kind permission of Adrienne Stuart, at Gransha Equestrian Centre, Bangor. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 6,7,8th April 2015.


Coaching for all levels from beginner to those who wish to be selected for this year’s Championships and Home Internationals.

Accommodation and penning/stabling can be arranged.

£75 for three days, £30 per day

Members under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Tel Sharon 07752 920008

Dengie Show Jumping Qualifier

There will be a Dengie Show Jumping Qualifier at Portmore Equestrian Centre on Saturday January 31st 2015. This is a new date to replace the cancelled qualifier last weekend. As usual we will be starting with Juniors at 7pm and Seniors thereafter.



Back by popular demand! Show-jumping training sessions at Portmore, 75cm training on Wed 28th January at 6.30pm and 90 cm + training at 7.30pm. This is a change to previous message as many riders are involved in riding & road safety test training which is also on Wednesday nights! Further show-jumping training on Wed 4th and 11th February.  Please book in by e-mail by Sunday.


Important Notice from Vanne

Members Committee

We are seeking to elect a ‘Members Committee’ of approximately eight Iveagh Pony Club members who will be happy to meet regularly and contribute to idea generation, planning and organising of Pony Club activities. The Members Committee will represent the thoughts, feelings, wishes and suggestions of the members and help the Organising Committee implement the ideas.

The Members Committee will be ambassadors for the Iveagh Branch, they will need to have good communication skills and be familiar with quite a lot of the active members. They will be people that all members and their families will be happy to approach with requests and suggestions.

At this stage it is anticipated that we will have two members over 18 years old, three over 16 years old and three over 14 years old. If you would like to be considered for The Members Committee please email Georgina at
georgina@georginawalsh.com. Closing date is 28th Feb, as we would like the new Members Committee to be up and running by 1st April 2015. This will be a really fun role and team, and will also be a great addition to your CV for University or work applications. We look forward to hearing from you!

Thanks Vanne


Membership Renewal

Annual subscriptions NOT due this year until the end of February……………one free month for all – see below links for notes and renewal form. Please post back as soon as possible, as Jennifer has a lot of work to do in terms of financial reporting and capitation for Pony Club Headquarters, therefore she cannot process all the membership renewals at the one time. Your assistance and co-operation is greatly appreciated.

Renewal Form 2015

Note for renewal 2015


Second Dengie Dressage qualifier and Clear Round show-jumping on Sunday 25th January at The Meadows, Lurgan.  For full details see The Dengie Dressage Tab. Entries for dressage close Wed 21st January. Suitable for all first-timers to dressage, as well as the more established dressage riders. And there is always the show-jumping if dressage doesn’t go according to plan!


Area 17 Sparkle at Olympia

Olympia is a fantastic Equestrian Christmas Party and is host to the UK’s only Show Jumping and Dressage FEI World Cup Qualifiers. It also has outstanding Equestrian Displays and a great Shopping Village and a special Christmas Finale. This year saw Extreme Driving which is a high speed indoor driving competition with the World’s top three drivers participating taking place.

The Pony Club Mini Major International Show Jumping Class

Following the successful running of the Mini Major competition at last year’s Olympia, The Pony Club were once again asked to select Members to compete at the 2014 show on Monday, 22nd December. The Mini Major Competition pairs up Pony Club Members on 128 cm ponies with Top International Riders, with whom they walk the course and then jump as a pair, and they are always so nice and supportive to their young partner. The International show jumper goes first, their round isn’t timed, when they land their Mini partner sets off and their time is taken.

The following Area 17 Members and ponies competed in the Mini Major at the London Olympia International Horse Show 2014 in December:-
Anabelle Heffron (Miss Elegant) – Iveagh
Niall McEvoy (Sparkling Majestic Caesar) – Seskinore Harriers

Anabelle was paired with Guy Williams an ex-Pony Club member and Niall was paired with Reed Kessler, from the USA. Niall jumped an impressive clear round. His time was rivalled by the next competitor and when Anabelle went to jump after her international partner Guy Williams, she jumped a fantastic, fast and balanced round to go into the lead; all the Area 17 supporters were absolutely thrilled. The last competitor went 0.9 seconds faster than Anabelle, so Anabelle came a fantastic second place and Niall was in fifth place.

Both Niall and Anabelle rode so well despite the noise, bright lights and excitement and they both enjoyed the wonderful experience, as did their Area 17 support group who were delighted by the way the two young people performed.

Vanne Campbell who has attended the Mini Major many times over the years said “Liz Lowry, Area Representative was so thrilled to hear how well our Area 17 young members rode, and how they coped so well with the intense atmosphere. We should all be very proud of them. It is a wonderful competition and experience for our young show jumpers.”

Annabel at Olympia

You tube link of Anabelle’s fabulous performance


 Stormont Reception

Stormont 1 Stormont 2


Iveagh Branch of The Pony club in association with the County Down Hounds recently held a very successful Children’s Drag Hunt and raised over £1500 for The Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children.

83 riders young and old, some experienced and some not so experienced enjoyed 40 fences suited to all abilities over the beautiful countryside just outside Banbridge, with ground conditions and weather near to perfect.

The organiser would like to thank most sincerely all the farmers whose land was crossed.


Hunt 4 Hunt 3 Hunt 2

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.

Please see new tab about Crosskennan Lane  Santuary – do have  a look!


Please see tab for Iveagh Pony Club Shop for details of  what’s available to purchase


IMPORTANT: Floodlights are now operational, please refer to Floodlight tab for instructions on use