Wicklow Pony Club is formally registered as The Wicklow Hunt Branch of the Irish Pony Club, an organisation which comprises over 63 individual Pony Clubs nationwide with 4,200 active members
Wicklow Pony Club was founded in 1970 and was originally based in the Polo Field, Glenealy, Co.Wicklow on the lands of the O’Reilly – Hyland Family, one of the original founding member families. The club now has approximately 120 members between the ages of 5 and 23 and has outgrown the Polo field but we are lucky to have the use of some of the best equestrian facilities in the country including Bel Air, Boswell Equestrian Centre, Rosanna in Ashford and Spruce Lodge.
The Pony Club year commences each January with a range of activities over the Christmas Holidays including Children’s Hunts and Show Jumping Rallies. Around Easter come the Hunter Trials followed by a host of activity from June onwards including Friday night rallies for all members, Show Jumping Training, Mounted Games and our annual one week long Camp held every in July. The more experienced members travel to one-day events and other disciplines throughout the Summer. (For a full explanation of all the disciplines on offer at the Club click on the appropriate headings)
The Club is run by a dedicated Committee of volunteer parents including personnel experienced in all disciplines headed up by our District Commissioner Amanda Mooney, who reports to and liaises with the parent body, The Irish Pony Club, our Treasurer Lynn Bellows and our Secretary Niamh Cherry. .
Wicklow Pony Club adheres to all the guidelines agreed and implemented by the Irish Pony Club and is fully committed to safeguarding the well being of its members.
As part of a worldwide organisation, founded over seventy five years ago, Wicklow Pony Club in turn encourages young people to ride and to learn to enjoy all kinds of sport connected with horses and riding and provides instruction in riding and horsemanship thus instilling in its members all the knowledge for the proper care of their animals.
The Club also promotes the highest ideals of sportsmanship, citizenship and loyalty, thereby cultivating strength of character and self-discipline.