Any Judges interested in being assessed for the Heritage Panel will be required to travel to the BSPS Heritage Championships, to be held on 13th & 14th October 2018, where they will be required to assess classes with Breed Specialist Judges.  A Seminar will also be arranged, also given by leading BSPS Heritage Judges.  The following season, you will then be required to carry out 4 probations with a Heritage Judge.  To be eligible for the above, your name must be included on the current IPS Judges Panel.

Travel arrangements and accommodation to be paid for and arranged by Probationers themselves.

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Office Closure

The Office of the Irish Pony Society will be closed on Monday 16th July and will reopen again on Tuesday 17th.

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Cork Area IPS Show

Please note that the schedule for the Cork Area IPS Show on 4th August 2018 has been amended.  Please see the Shows List for amended docs.

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The Tipperary Area Summer Show, which was to be held in Ballylanigan House on 21st July 2018, has been postponed.  Further details to follow.

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Dressage Test

for Championship Show, Cavan Equestrian Centre, 16th, 17th & 18th August, is now available on the Shows List.

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Wicklow Area Summer Show Change of Venue

The Wicklow Area Summer Show, to be held on Sunday 15th July 2018, will now be held in Marlton Stud, Wicklow so that the event can be held on sand.

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Welfare guidelines for ponies competing in hot weather

  1. Make sure your pony has a small drink between classes and has electrolytes added to feed or water at end of day. If your pony is reluctant to drink away from home, try adding a little apple juice to the water.
  2. Do not use any show sheen or oil as these stop the pony’s skin being able to breath and can cause dehydration or collapse. Lack of make-up will not change your ponies placing.
  3. Do not use baby oil or Vaseline on muzzle or eyes as this will burn the ponies skin and can cause peeling and hair loss.
  4. Only use light hoof oil and do not use the paint on-hoof polish as this also does not allow the horn to breathe and hooves will become brittle.
  5. Make sure ponies with pink skin on nose or dock have a good covering of 50 factor sun cream.
  6. Remember that the temperature in a stationary, closed horsebox or trailer can be 10 degrees higher than the outside temperature, so long as ponies will stand safely leave all ramps open.
  7. Limit the number of classes in which the same pony competes and those competing in Working Hunter or Performance Jumping should be mindful that there is no need to warm up over the practice jumps more than twice over each.
  8. The most important thing is to remember that your pony cannot tell you it is too hot, tired or thirsty until it is becoming stressed, so look after it before the needs of the rider, who can tell you he/she needs a drink!
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POSTPONED – Combined Training Final

The IPS Combined Training Final, scheduled for Raheen-na-Gun on 4th July, has been postponed to a later date due to the danger of welfare issues during the continuing extreme temperatures.

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… to be judged on Tuesday 21st August 2018.  Please click HERE for further details.
Entry form can be downloaded HERE
(updated 27/6)

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IPS Championship Show 2018

Please note that the Schedule and Timetables have been updated and may be viewed and downloaded from the Shows List.

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