It is with deep regret

that we announce the peaceful passing yesterday of Mr Jim Lilley, President of the Irish Pony Society. He was held in such high regard by all who knew him and was a great friend to the Irish Pony Society.
Funeral Service will be held in St John’s Church, Upper Kilwarlin, Off Ballygowan Road, Hillsborough on Friday at 1pm.

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The Championships are being hosted by Wales this year and will be held in David Broome Equestrian Centre, Wales & West, South Wales, from 4th – 6th August.  Anybody interested in a place on a team should send their names to the IPS office (by post, email at, or tel 045 854513) by 1st March 2019.

Please submit pony’s name, height, rider’s name and full cv of pony to date.  There will be competitions for 133cm, 143cm, 153cm and 158cm and 2 teams of 4, along with 2 reserves.  It must be noted that this is right up against RDS.  An open meeting will be held at the beginning of March to discuss the programme.  It is advisable for those interested to compete in open classes and Sport Pony Challenge, as these performances will be noted.

Sport Pony Challenge dates :
Gransha  16th March
Spruce Lodge  30th March
Killossery  23rd April
Galway  11th May
Maryville  26th May
FINAL : Mullingar  27th June 2019

Entries by PayPal and will close one week prior to the competition.  Sponsorship for both European Teams and Sport Pony Challenge is urgently needed and any ideas would be greatly appreciated!

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Pony Measuring 2019

Dates for Pony Measuring can now be found in Members Area : Pony Measuring.  Any queries, please contact the office on 045 854513.

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Please return your Judges Forms to the office ASAP as they are now very much overdue!!

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Judges Assessment

If anyone is interested in becoming an IPS Judge, please submit your details to the office at, as the next Assessment will be held in March 2019.  Further details will be posted in due course.

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Members, please note ….

… that Council wishes to inform you that the Irish Pony Society will not be running a Foal Show in 2018.

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Sport Ireland Safeguarding Webinar

Social Media App Resources
Are you sure the children in your care have the correct privacy settings and know how to block and report on some of the most popular Social Media Apps? Instagram, Snapchat and WhatsApp are some of the most popular social media platforms used by young people on their mobile devices. Learn more about the privacy settings and how to block and report inappropriate content.  A leaflet on each platform is attached below, which may be useful to young people and/or parents/cares in your sporting organisation. 

Parents in Sport Week 2018 (1st – 7th October 20185)
Today marks the launch of the Child Protection in Sport Units Parents in Sport Week 2018. Follow Team Ireland Equestrian on Facebook and Twitter for updates and resources throughout this week. There is also numerous resources on the CPSU website at this link:

Sport Ireland Safeguarding Webinar
A reminder that the Sport Ireland Webinar Make Children Safer: Online & in Sport that was due to take place on Monday 17th September has been rescheduled and will now take place on Monday 8th October from 4.00 – 5.00pm.

You will learn:

  • The risks facing children in the digital world including bullying, sexting & grooming.
  • How to educate & empower children to better protect themselves.
  • How to mitigate the risks associated with consent & images.
  • How to go beyond compliance to safeguarding children.

To register for this free webinar please use the following link:

H2bSaferInstagram    H2bSaferSnapchat    H2bSaferWhatsApp

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Safeguarding Courses

Please see Judges News for upcoming Safeguarding Course dates.

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If any of our IPS Judges are interested in attending the BSPS Heritage Championships this year, please contact the office ASAP.

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** Horse Sport Ireland is pleased to join the NSPCC to promote Parents in Sport Week (PISW) 2018 ** 1st – 7th October 2018

The NSPCC and Horse Sport Ireland have joined forces with more than 100 sports organisations in Ireland and the UK to promote Parents in Sport Week. We want our sports bodies to rally behind our efforts from 1st – 7th October 2018 to underscore the positive, supporting role that parents play. Coaches and officials can also examine their communication with parents to benefit children’s involvement in sport.

Why sports parents are important

Parents are important to sport because they can:

  • encourage their children to take up, enjoy and achieve in their sport
  • support their children in practical ways – such as by providing transport or buying kit
  • help out with activities
  • become coaches, helpers and volunteers within the club
  • help out with things such as club websites and fundraising
  • support and motivate their child and/or the team
  • reinforce positive aspects of sports participation

Aims of PISW 2018

1. Ensure parents recognise their role in keeping children safe in sport

It’s a big decision for parents to leave their child in the care of someone else. We’re asking sports organisations to provide the information that parents need to make an informed choice about the club or activity their child attends and what to do if they have a concern.

2. Help parents understand how to positively influence their child’s enjoyment and wellbeing in sport

We’re encouraging parents to look at how their behaviour and involvement influences their child’s enjoyment of sport, through the resources on our website.
Sports will be asked to help create a positive environment for children and parents in sport by having a no tolerance policy on poor parental behaviour.

3. Encourage clubs to engage and involve parents in their child’s sport

This is a chance for clubs and coaches to showcase their creativity, and show us how they will engage directly with parents. Why not try something new. It could be an event for parents, or a change in policy that ensures parents are more involved in the sporting lives of their children.

Five Ways to Get Involved

With PISW 2018 just around the corner, here are some suggestions of how you can get involved:

Be sure first of all to sign up here, if you haven’t already done so!

To show your support and share the campaign with others, visit our Twitter feed @TeamIRLEq and @thecpsu or, during the week itself, visit the Team Ireland Equestrian and NSPCC Facebook page and like/share the infographics and other resources about the week. 

When using social media, please use the following hashtags: 


We look forward to you joining us and supporting the Parents In Sport Week campaign 2018.

Ciara Gorman
National Safeguarding and Anti-Doping Officer
Horse Sport Ireland
1st Floor, Beech House
Millennium Park, Osberstown
Naas, Co Kildare
W91 TK7N
Tel: 045 854 524


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