Sports Pony Challenge & WHP

2018 Sport Horse Logo REVersed

The Sports Pony Challenge is an exciting national competition hosted by the Hunter Pony Committee of the Irish Pony Society

A Challenging three phase competition will highlight the versatility and  production standards of our ponies and rider

Click here for more details of the competition

Dressage test for the sports pony qualifier is British Dressage test - 2006 Test Series - Preliminary 13

Dressage test for the Starter Stakes class at the qualifiers - South Munster Dressage - Introduction to Dressage Test C (2012)

Online entries for Qualifiers - OPENING SOON

Click on the venue below to enter the qualifier - Entry fee for qualifiers is 45 euro for IPS members, and 55 euro for non members and must be paid on the day of the qualifier.

3rd April   Killossery Lodge

12th May   Wexford Equestrian Centre

20th May  Ravensdale Equestrian Centre

2nd June   Limerick Area Show

Qualifiers are  open to  Irish Pony Society (IPS) members and non-members.

Qualifier league prizes for the competitors with the best results from the qualifiers. Competitors are encouraged to attend as many qualifiers as possible to gain league points.

Riders can ride a maximum of 2 ponies in the qualifiers and in the final.Connemara ponies can only compete in one class at a given qualifier, but can compete in a different class at a different qualifier, however they can only qualify in one class for the final.

3 competitors from each class qualify at each venue.


Training for the Sports pony Challenge

Participants will be provided with an overview of the competition, information about the scoring system and the rules for each phase; Dressage, Performance Hunter pony and Show jumping.

This will be followed by two practical coaching sessions of an hour each. The group will be subdivided into two sub-groups. One sub-group will do a flatwork and dressage session while the other sub-group will learn more about the performance working hunter phase. After an hour the sub-groups will swap about and do the other discipline. We will do our best to put similar size ponies together in sub-groups.

50 Euros for Irish Pony Society Members 55 euros for non members

Click on the Location and date to book a place

Castlehill Equestrian Centre - 14th February 2018

Gurteen College - 24th February 2018

National Horse Sport Arena Abbottstown - 24th March 2018 . FULLY BOOKED -  we are operating a wait list if you want to register your interest we will contact you if a place comes available.

Volunteer to help at the Sports Pony Challenge

As we make our preparations for the Sports Pony Challenge 2018 we are looking for volunteers to help at the qualifiers and at the grand final.

As a volunteer you will be working with a fun group of people where you will learn lots about the competition and the judging.

There are lots of different ways that you you can help.

If you are interested in getting involved please register your interest here. If you would like more information then send us a message. Many thanks - IPS Hunter Pony committee