In view of the ever-evolving situation regarding the Coronavirus Covid-19 virus it has been decided to cancel the Qualifiers and Final of the Sports Pony Challenge for the year 2020.

This decision has not been taken lightly, but the Working Hunter Pony Committee think it is in the best interests of all concerned.  Taking into account the difficulty of rescheduling up to five competitions whenever the restrictions surrounding this virus have been lifted, it was felt better to start afresh in 2021 with a new series of Qualifiers.

However, it is hoped to run a Working Hunter Pony Show on a date yet to be decided in September in which a stand-alone Sports Pony Challenge Class will be incorporated.

We wish all our members the very best in these difficult times and hope that everyone is keeping sale and well.

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IPS Office

The office of the Irish Pony Society will remain open with the same working hours (Mon – Thurs 9.30 -2pm) as always, despite being off-site.  The office can be contacted on the usual number (045 854513) and queries can be emailed to ips@horsesportireland.ie.  Please note that visitors will not be allowed to enter the HSI offices until further notice.

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The HSE and Government have recommended social distancing and significant limitations on non-essential travel and public gatherings.  We take seriously our duty of care to all our members, judges, stewards, organisers and supporters.  Therefore, we have made the decision to cancel all IPS events up to 30th April and we will be reviewing this date going forward on Government Guidance.  This will include the Tipperary Area Show 10th April, Wicklow Area Spring Show 11th April and the Sports Pony Challenge – Killossery 14th April.  Keep Safe.

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The first priority of the Irish Pony Society is the safety and well-being of all our members, show competitors and spectators.  We are continuing to monitor the rapidly developing Coronavirus (Covid-19) situation and the advice given by all the relevant authorities.  This includes the WHO (World Health Organisation), the Irish Government and our National Governing Body, Horse Sport Ireland.  The Irish Pony Society has made the decision to cancel all events until the date set down by the Government, 29th March 2020.  Events after this date will still be scheduled to go ahead.  Should the situation change, we will make further announcements on this website and on social media.

For further information please visit the World Health Organisation website and also the Horse Sport Ireland website.

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Pony Measuring

Please ensure that you contact the number relating to the centre that you are planning to have your pony measured at to confirm that this is going ahead 24 hours in advance.

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POSTPONED – AGM South Leinster/Waterford

The South Leinster/Waterford Area AGM has been postponed, as several members have not been given appropriate notice.  A new date will be communicated in due course.

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Safeguarding Course

HSI has a Safeguarding 2 Course coming up shortly.  If you are interested in attending this training, please contact Paul Hayes on 045 854524 as soon as possible as places are limited.

Safeguarding 2 – Children’s Officer Training
Thursday 12th March 2020

Full details are on the website at the following link: https://www.horsesportireland.ie/governance/safeguarding-trainingcourses/.  All Safeguarding courses are €20 each and all last 3 hours.

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The first of the Sport Pony Challenge competitions takes place in Wexford EC on 15th March with the closing date on 12th March.

The second Sport Pony Challenge competition takes place in Galway EC on 21st March with the cut-off date of 18th March.  Reminder to get your entries in asap. You can enter by logging onto www.itsplainsailing.com/spcips.

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Safeguarding Courses

Safeguarding 1 & 2 Courses will be held on the following dates in the Boardroom of Horse Sport Ireland :

Safeguarding 1
Monday 23rd March @ 6.30pm

Safeguarding 2
Thursday 12th March @ 6.30pm

Please contact Paul Hayes, Sport Governance Executive, on 045 854524 to book a place on any of these courses.

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*IPS Safeguarding Policies & Procedures*

No permission will be granted for shows under the remit of the Irish Pony Society that have not demonstrated adequate Safeguarding Policies & Procedures for the protection of children.

This is in line with the IPS Safeguarding Policies & Procedures, HSI Safeguarding Policies & Procedures and is in line with relevant legislation including Children’s First Act 2015, Children’s (NI) Order 1995, Co-operating to Safeguard Children and Young People 2017, National Vetting Bureau Act 2012-2016 and Access NI Code of Practice (NI).

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