Hunter Trials are a course of Cross Country jumps and fastest time wins. They generally take place from early March and run up to Easter culminating in the IPC National Hunter Trial Championships on the Saturday after Easter.
in 2019 our 5 members who competed at the IPC National Hunter Trial Championships all came home with rosettes!!!
Peter, Caoimhe and Jane won the team of 3 taking home the Trophy
Caoimhe was 4th in the Senior Individuals
Akysha and Sarah were 4th in the Junior Pairs.
A great resource for unaffiliated Hunter Trials is available on Facebook Hunter Trials (Ireland)
Eventing / Horse Trial (generally known as a One Day Event) this discipline is one of the most testing for young riders and tests their overall ability across Dressage, Show Jumping and Cross Country. An early start and Competitors are given their Dressage time. They enter the Dressage Ring after which they put on back protectors and move over to the Jumping Ring. In the afternoon they change into the familiar and colourful sight of rugby jerseys and coloured hat covers to run the exciting cross country course. Their performance over all three tests is marked to select eventual winners.
Senior Club Members compete on larger cross country courses and attempt to qualify for the IPC National Championships. To qualify for the Horse Trial Championships riders must compete at a minimum of 2 qualifiers and have no more than 20 cross-country penalties (ie at least 1 clear round is required). Entries for the qualifiers must be made at least 1 week in advance, late entries are not accepted and entry fees are non-refundable so anybody who wants to go to the champioships should look at the qualifiers and plan which ones they want to go to. Bear in mind that some can be cancelled due to bad weather. The club needs your name, the pony’s passport name and number and the class (although this is generally determined by age) and the relevant payment in order to make the entry. Please look at the list of qualifiers and reply promptly to texts to ensure your entry is on time.
Younger members are encouraged to enter One Day Events and some clubs (particularly Shillelagh Pony Club) include starter courses and junior courses. The emphasis on these courses is to take part and get the kids used to the whole experience. Jumps are lowered and at all fences riders can run around if they do not like the look of it!