Eventing, also known as Horse Trials is a competition that involves 3 disciplines; Dressage, Showjumping and Cross country. The competition will test the accuracy, skill, stamina, ability and fitness of both the Horse and Rider, it is run on a cumulative penalty basis, the competitor with the least penalties doing best.
Hunter Trials is a competition to test the rider and horse’s ability to jump at hunting pace a set course of typically natural fences.
Championship competitors must have attained the C test standard.
Eventing is possibly the strongest discipline within the club starting with the hunter trials in March/ April followed by the IPC hunter trials which is a pairs competition for Juniors and a team of three competition for Intermediate and a singles for Seniors Members. The hunter trial championships usually takes place in spring.
IPC Eventing Championship and One Day Events
The hunter trials are then followed by One Day Events (ODE’s) which normally start in late June/ early July and run through August again culminating with the IPC Championships for Junior, Intermediate and Senior teams. To qualify for the Horse Trials/ Eventing Championships in August you must have completed one cross country clear round and one round with a maximum of 20 penalties in the ODE qualifiers during June/July.
KHPC have over the past number of years run an U12/Novice ODE which normally attains entries of over 200. This event is an excellent opportunity to introduce the younger and less experienced members to Eventing in a wonderfully relaxed and fun atmosphere. The event also raises badly needed monies for training etc. during the year.
Eventing Highlights 2019/2020
Kildare Win Junior Eventing Championships and Fantastic Weekend For All
On August 17th and 18th for the second year running, the Kildare pony club eventers headed to Ballindenisk in Co. Cork for the Connolly Red Mills Eventing Championships. This year we had 37 competitors, double the amount we had last year, with one Open team, one Intermediate team, four Junior teams and three Under 12 teams. Many of us camped on site and this year we brought along our 2 trainers Sue Shortt and Ronan Kinsella.
Our Under 12 Minstrels team of Nancy Fleming, Paddy Smullen, Andrew Moore and Jessica O’Ryan took 2nd place just missing the top prize by 0.5 points.
Emma Osborne was 6th individually in the Open competition. Our Intermediate team of Sarah FitzPatrick, Sophie Roden, Neassa FitzGerald and Sarah Bradford also took 6th prize.
In the Junior Competition, we won first prize again this year with super rounds from the Kildare Emeralds team consisting of Jessica Reid, Kate Fahey, Rachael Doyle and Clare O’Ryan. Another commendable performance from one of our teams of three, the Kildare Silver team, who took 6th place consisting of Sophie Naughton, Eva O’Neill and Indigo Doolin.
On the Saturday evening, we had huge team building exercise for the parents as we catered for 90 people with a bbq. We were well sheltered from the elements with our new marquee!! A very enjoyable and memorable weekend was had by all and thanks to all the parents who assisted to make is such a great success.
We would like to acknowledge the great sense of camaraderie and fun amongst all the competitors over the weekend particularly those who didn’t get the results they hoped for but still kicked on and kept smiling!
On Saturday April 28th, we braved the wind and headed to the Mackey Ireland Hunter Trials at Moorefield Kennels in Wexford. The course was very challenging this year but jumped well. Best of the Kildares were Alexandra Egan and Emily Martin who were 6th in the Junior pairs. Katie and Eabha O’ Neill were 12th . Emily also took third in the Junior singles.
In the Seniors, we had some navigation issues but Abi Plunkett took 6th in the Senior Singles.
Finally, Ronan Maloney won 2nd prize in the horn blowing competition and drove all our ponies mad as they thought they were heading off on a day’s hunting!!
KHPC Host Novice One Day Event Sat 21 September 2019
The club successfully hosted its now annual Novice One Day Event on Saturday 21st September 2019 in Punchestown, kindly sponsored by Berney Bros Saddlery. We are very grateful to Punchestown and Kildare Hunt for the use of their facilities which are ideal for running an event such as this. The Kildare branch did very well in all sections as well as supplying all the helpers to make the event happen which is no mean task.