Saturday August 30, 2014

Junior Gymkhana

Saturday 30th August 2014

10.30am 2 Arenas

SJ Arena 1

Cross poles (grass arena)

35 cms

50 cms

60 cms (no spreads)

SJ Arena two

60 cms (main sand)

70 cms

80 cms and above

Family Pony (garden sand)

Games (play pen)

Fancy Dress (after lunch)


Rally bookings
Bookings by Saturday for  rallies to
Normal playpen rally on Tuesday 2nd September at 6pm
Normal working rally on Tuesday 2nd at 6.30 and 7.30pm
This will be probably be last week of 7.30pm ride as the light is disappearing fast
Senior Rally on Wednesday 3rd, either at 6.30 and 7.30pm or just one at 7pm (depending on numbers). Time posted on website on Sunday.
Congratulations to all who took part in the Home Championships on a VERY wet Bank Holiday Monday. All parents are to be thanked for the turnout of ponies and riders on the day, bringing them to training sessions, and being there on the day! Their hard work paid off with the teams winning and coming second in Classes 1(85cm) and 2 (75cm),  team 3rd in Class 3 (65cm), team win in Class4 (Unassisted) and team 3rd in Class5 (Assisted) and numerous individual placings. Full results can be found on the Home Champ Tab. For many others who weren’t perhaps on a winning team their performance is to be congratulated too, many achieved a completion score and personal bests.
Championship Success
Massive congratulations to Iveagh Branch who are UK Pony Club Intermediate Champions for the second year in a row. The fantastic four are Hannah Agnew, Rachel Chapman, Hannah Rafferty and Hollie Smith. Huge thanks to the Mickey,  Steven and the parents who supported the girls on their successful venture to Cheshire.
Congratulations also to our Novice Eventers, Laoise O’Farrell, Caitie Slater, Daniel Kehoe and Lucy Johnston who are UK Pony Club Novice Eventing Champions; and to Iveagh Novice Show Jumpers, Rachel Patterson, Jack Scott, Eva Kerton and Herbie Purce who  came second in the UK Pony Club Novice Show Jumping Championships…What a fantastic year for Iveagh!

Iveagh Intermediate Champions
Novice Eventing Champions
Show Jumpers

Rachel ‘Jumps Ahead’ at National Balmoral

National Balmoral played host to Area 17 ‘Jumps Ahead’ Final on 15th July 2014. The Pony Club was delighted to have Equilyptus 365 as sponsor for this prestigious class. There were 23 riders qualified for the final and this year the rules changed in that horses were allowed for the first time. This rule change made for more interesting competition, and in the final it seemed that the agility of the ponies overcame the power of the horses. All the riders were thrilled at getting the opportunity to compete at National Balmoral.

There were 14 clears rounds which guaranteed an exciting jump-off, especially when the 1.3m approximately Joker Fence was factored in. This is an optional fence, and when cleared successfully takes 5 seconds off the riders time, however when faulted adds 5 seconds.

First to jump–off was Eva Kerton for Iveagh, she jumped a fabulous clear round, but tried the joker fence and paid the penalty of 5 seconds. The next clear round came from Rachel Chapman, also of Iveagh. She had a fast time before she successfully attempted the Joker, meaning that the riders after her had a mammoth task if they were to be anywhere near her time. Nobody could catch Rachel and Duffy, however there were many brave attempts.

Area 17 are extremely grateful to our generous sponsor Equilyptus and to National Balmoral for hosting the final.

1st Rachel Chapman Duffy, Iveagh

2nd Niam Carr Keltic Mist, Route

3rd Bellspark Amie Holly Boal, North Down

4th Kiara Malcolmson, Tyrone Molly, Iveagh

5th Cerys Howell, Mr Murphy, North Down

6th Shona Roberts, Joey, Tullylagan

7th Eve Donnelly, Clonomey Jazz, Tullylagan

8th Eva Kerton, Colour Confusion, Iveagh

Jumps Ahead



There will be a series of Flatwork and Jumping Training Sessions running through October,

The final will be a Cross Country training day, similar to the (HSBC) training, which ran over the past few years.

The sessions will cover flatwork and jumping technique and will have a discussion time.

Trainers: Steven and Trevor Smith. Ballymac Stud. Gilford.

Lessons will be split into 2 groups of 6 Riders. Cost: £20 per head.

1. Aimed at   12 – 14 year olds           6.30 pm – 7.45 pm

2. Aimed at 15 – 17 year olds             7.45 pm – 9.00 pm

Dates:              Session 1         Friday 3 October

Session 2         Friday 10 October

Session 3         Friday 17th October

Sessions 4       Friday 24th October

The Final will be Cross County Training and will consist of 4 Groups of 6 riders running through the day.

31 OCTOBER.  10AM – 4 PM.  Cost will be £25.00 per head.

The aim is to review the sessions at the end and move on to more advanced training for those who progress.

This will be popular and it will be a case of first names received.

Tea/Coffee and Biscuits will be available in the Log Cabin for parents and friends.Kindly supplied by Jenny Smith.

App. Autmn Training

Iveagh Stalwarts Receive Pony Club Cubitt Awards

The Pony Club held their annual Cubitt Awards ceremony at Stratford Manor, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire on Monday June 2nd. The annual awards are held in honour of volunteers who have given in excess of 20 years to The Pony Club, and take their name from the late Hon Guy Cubitt, who was Chairman of The Pony Club for 25 years and President from 1970 – 1979.

65 awardees were nominated for 2014, proving their incredible worth to The Pony Club with over 1300 years of combined voluntary service between them!

Mr Steven Smith and Mr Billy McCombe, who without doubt, are stalwarts of the Iveagh Branch of the The Pony Club were amongst those awarded. Neither Steven nor Billy made it to the official Award Ceremony in Stratford-upon-Avon, however they were presented with their awards by Area Representative Liz Lowry on Thursday 3rd July at Iveagh Summer Camp. Liz commended them for their commitment to The Iveagh Branch and Billy paid tribute to The Iveagh District Commissioner, stating that she is as enthusiastic now as she was when he first became involved in Pony Club 30 years ago
Steven and Liz

Steven Smith receiving his Cubitt Award from Area 17 Representative Liz Lowry
Billy and Liz
Billy McCombe receiving his Cubitt Award from Area 17 Representative Liz Lowry

Members of Iveagh enjoying summer camp with their South African guests from Karkloof & Howick pony club in South Africa. Also pictured are District Commissioner Mrs Vanne Campbell MBE, Mr Billy McCombe (Cubitt Recipient), Area 17 Representative Mrs Liz Lowry, Mr Steven Smith (Cubitt Recipient and Chief Instructor), Mrs Shirlely McCombe Assistant District Commissioner.


£10,000 Grant for Floodlights at Moyallon

As you will see, there is currently work going on to install floodlights around the main sand arena at Moyallon. These lights have been very generously funded by The Big Lottery Fund, Awards for All Programme, in the form of a £10,000 grant and will make a huge difference to our Pony Club life as the nights draw in and over the long winter months. The addition of these lights will make Moyallon an all-year venue and will provide our members and their families with even better value for their membership subscription and field levy.

Moyallon will be open over the winter months for rallies, training and schooling. On occasions when there are no rallies, competitions or team training, any member can avail of the floodlit main arena and low arena for their own private schooling. The lights will be operated by a simple coin metre, each 15 minute period will cost £1, therefore for just £4 you can have an hour of schooling in the dark winter evenings.

In addition to the floodlights, it is our intention to install two CCTV cameras, one in the car park area and one in the main arena. The sole purpose of these cameras is to protect our grounds and our property. Unfortunately we have suffered the loss of jumps and equipment; we would therefore, like this to act as a deterrent so that we can retain our property for the benefit of the members.

The work is being project managed by Billy McCombe, and yet again we are deeply indebted to him for his unwavering hard work and commitment.


Mickey McCann

For the first time in its history, the DAKS Salver Award was presented to an individual from Northern Ireland. Mickey McCann was thrilled to receive this special accolade from Mr Paul Dimond, Deputy Chairman of DAKS, in recognition of over twenty years dedicated commitment to the activities and values of The Pony Club which has inspired a remarkable succession of Iveagh Branch and Northern Irish success in National Championships both in Ireland and the UK. Well done Mickey from all at Iveagh.

Mickey McCann


Change to age limit for Wednesday ride. Check Rally Tab. Rally booking arrangements as agreed at the AGM. See Rally Tab for info. All members must be booked in by the Saturday before by e-mail. ALL MEMBERS AND PONIES WHO WANT TO TAKE PART IN AREA COMPETITIONS MUST ATTEND 3 RALLIES AS PER PONY CLUB RULES.