Irish Pony Society Covid-19 Update

Dear Members

2020 will certainly be a year that we won’t forget. The impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic has resulted in a very different way of life for everyone.  Many people have lost loved ones or lost the ability to be close to family and friends.

While some people have been unable to ride or visit their ponies in livery, other people remain unemployed with a major uncertainty for their future.  It has and continues to be a worrying time for everyone but, despite everything, we have as a nation made a huge effort to contain the spread of this deadly virus.

Our efforts to date have been successful as the spread of the virus is slowing down. The Government, HSE and HSI continue to guide us to through the gradual lifting of restrictions.  However, they are steadfast in reminding us that we all have a responsibility to contain the virus and any relaxation of our National effort could see a secondary peak and re-instatement of restrictions.  What is certain is that these restrictions are now part of a new norm.  We have been working closely with HSI in producing standard operating procedures which the Irish Pony Society will employ in an attempt to avoid transmission of the virus when we are in a position to resume our sport.

The Irish Pony Society takes the responsibility of the safety of our members, volunteers and judges very seriously. After considerable deliberation, the Council of the IPS have regretfully taken the decision to cancel the Championship Show which was due to take place in August.  We understand that this will disappoint many people; however, the health and safety of all those who come together for the Championships has been our priority in making this decision.

As it is not possible to have large-scale gatherings and travel restrictions are in place, the IPS is currently not in a position to facilitate shows as they would be confined to Regional levels which is not logistically or economically feasible and would be contrary to our All-Ireland status.

As restrictions are gradually being lifted, I do not think we will ever take our health, freedom and loved ones for granted again.  With this in mind, I ask you all to continue to take care, enjoy your ponies and hope to see you all back out competing and training again when the time allows.

The Council of the IPS will re-evaluate the situation at the end of August and hope, in the meantime, that everyone stays safe.

Irish Pony Society Council







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Office Closed

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, the office of the Irish Pony Society will be closed until further notice.  Further notices will be posted on social media as the situation changes.
In the meantime, please direct all queries to

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We have had a great response to our latest initiative regarding exercises for our members.  However, could everyone please text their name, along with the child’s name and age to the new dedicated telephone number 083 3019641 so that we can log your name in the phone.  A random selection of videos will be uploaded to Facebook as per GDPR and Child Protection rules.  No names will be mentioned and permission must be given via text also.

The first week’s exercise will be Mane and Tail Plaiting.  Have a great week practicing and upload your video by Saturday at 12 midday.

Have a great week and stay safe.

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The IPS, in order to help keep our younger members occupied over the next few weeks, are thinking of running a series of mini exercises.  We are hoping that our members will send us videos of their work in progress, for example, plaiting, applying horse make-up and markings.  Riding videos for either flatwork or jumping can be also be sent to us and a panel of judges can critique these and return them with suggested work to do.  Depending on how long this lockdown continues, this could culminate into a virtual show.  We have a new dedicated telephone number for this which is 083 3019641.
With your permission, these would then be uploaded to our Facebook page.  These exercises are also to encourage our younger members to get more involved on show day and all those that get involved will be recognised at our Awards at the end of the year.  Firstly, let us know if anyone is interested in getting involved.  This dedicated number is not for other IPS queries which should still be directed to

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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  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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