Minimus is great fun for all members under 12 on 1st January with a mixture of swimming for 2 mins followed by a 1km run and then cross-country jumping fences of around 80 cms. The 2018 Minimus Championships will be held at Punchestown Racecourse, Kildare. Wicklow PC will be sending down Teams of Four to compete in the 2018 Championship at Punchestown Racecourse on June 16th and 17th . Members must be of D+ Standard but all welcome to train.

Teams will be selected after we assess the ability of each member on the X Country phase. Members please note that while you may be excellent swimmers or runners your X Country ability will determine whether you are placed on a team. This is not based on being a fast pony rider but on being able to get around a X Country course in a safe manner and each member will be assessed by XC Trainer. The IPC asks DCs not to sign off children who have not competed at this level prior to the championships so please go along to practice events the trainers recommend.

Swimming: Training will start back on the 17th April

Running: Training details will be posted shortly  

Minimus Cross Country training schedule

Sat 14th April Eventing Clinic, Spruce Lodge. (The Cross Country element of this Clinic would be recommended) Training
Mon 16th April Coolboy (TBC)
Mon 23rd April Kilruddery
Fri 4th May Kilruddery
Tues 8th May Kilmullen (Gate and Slip Rail training)
Mon 14th May Kilruddery
Mon 21st May Kilmullen (Gate and Slip Rail training)
Fri 1st June Kilruddery


Fun Minimus:

Hunter Trials:

Anyone interested in doing minimus (U12 – max height 75-80cm – D+ Standard) should do hunter trial pre-novice track and anyone interested in Hunter Trials Championships (Junior U15 – max height xc track 90cm & have C test ) should do novice in their pairs they wish to be considered for Championship.

Due to poor ground conditions it is advisable to check that events are going ahead prior to travelling, Hunter Trials (Ireland) on Facebook is a good source of information or individual hosts pages. 

Coolboy Wicklow April 8th…..Cancelled
Annaharvey Farm April 8th
Nuenna Farm Kilkenny 8th……Cancelled
The Parks Galway April 8th
Piperstown Louth April 8th …..Cancelled
Stradbally Laois April 14th
Belmont Demesne April 22nd *Date change*
Flower Hill Galway April 15th
Curracruit, Carlow April 15th
Clonshire EQ Limerick April 15
Boden Park Meath 22nd April…..New
Nuenna Farm Kilkenny 22nd
Carlanstown Meath April 22th
Templemartin Cork 22nd April…..New
Ballintober, Wexford April 22nd
Ballyring Kilkenny April 22nd…..Cancelled
Glandoran Wexford 28th April
Kilmoganny Hunt 29th April
Carlanstown Meath April 29th
Curracruit Carlow April 29th
Forth Mountain Wexford April 29th
Glandoran Wexford May 7th

Stables and Camping for Minimus 2018

Stable and Camping Bookings for the Holmestead Saddlery Minimus Championships are OPEN on the Kildare Hunt Branch Its Plain Sailing page:

Anyone wishing to book stables onsite at Punchestown for Friday 15 June and/ or Saturday 16 June please visit the Kildare Hunt Branch Its Plain Sailing page via this link

Note: whether you are stabling for 1 night or 2, it is still the same fee – €40.


Contact Eilish if you have any questions (086 8533837).

VACCINATIONS MUST BE CORRECT. Please read the terms & conditions on the booking form carefully.


Entries will close on Friday 1st June.

Camping/Lorry/Campervan Space at Minimus 2018 may also be booked on the Kildare Hunt Branch Its Plain Sailing page.

No Lorry Hook Up

A non-refundable deposit must be paid to secure the booking – €15

Entries will close on Tuesday 5th June.

Minimus 2017 Course Pictures

An idea of what to expect for Minimus 2018

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