Tuesday July 29, 2014
Home Championships looming!! Monday 25th August at Tullymurray, Downpatrick. For details of classes etc. look at Home Championships Tab. Training starts on Tuesday 29th July for the 65cm/75cm/85cm classes with cross-country schooling at Dukes, first group starting at 5.30pm .Bookings by Saturday for training to rose@decourcy-wheeler.com, don’t forget to let me know what class you plan to do.  The 45cm class will have cross-country training on Tuesday 5th August. Extra session at Dukes Wed 6th August at 7pm for those who missed Tuesday 29th July.
All Home Championship entries to be given to Rose by Tuesday 12th August with entry money. Remember once entered you will be on a team, so please don’t let other members down by a no-show! It is a fun day out.
CONGRATULATIONS to Iveagh members Sophie Buller and Katie Burns who have both had the call-up for the European Pony Squad. Sophie on G Maha will take part in eventing, and Katie on Caracas II will be on the dressage team. The European Championships take place in Millstreet, Cork on 30th July-3rd August.
Congratulations also to Abby Morton who is currently representing Ireland in Italy in the Ireland ‘Children on Horses’ team. Abby has had several international call-ups this year. India Forsythe and Joshua Rowe are in Belgium representing Northern Ireland in MGA.
Iveagh are very proud of all our members riding internationally and wish them best of luck.
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. Rallies start back at Moyallon next Tuesday 1st April. New 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.