Minimus has been very successful within KHPC over the past number of years and members participating enjoy it immensely. It is truly a team sport with different members of the team excelling in certain phases and weaker in other phases with the combined team effort forming the end result. Training for Minimus typically starts in spring time. All members are welcome to join the swimming and running training. There are also a number of competitions held other than the Championships normally held in April & May.
Minimus is for children under 12 on the year they wish to compete. There are 3 stages, swimming for 2 minutes (unaided), running 1000 meters cross country, and cross country riding (fences no bigger than 80 cm). It is a great way for kids and parents to meet. Each year around 40 kids from KHPC compete in the Minimus National Championships and it is usually a great weekend of fun for everyone
KHPC Training/ Competitions
For Minimus we typically start training early in the year around February with swimming and running on Saturday mornings. We also start organising training rallies early in the year, so keep an eye on this website and our ‘What’s On’ page for details of upcoming rallies.
As part of the preparation for Minimus, many pony clubs organise Minimus training days which include the 3 disciplines of swimming, running and riding. These are a fantastic opportunity for the children to practice and they are also great fun days for all involved. The Kildare branch training day is typically scheduled during April and is always a memorable day for our club.
The IPC Minimus Championships are held annually in June.
Other important Info re Minimus - To help with your training, try taking part in a few Hunter Trials. The pre novice and some novice courses are suitable in most cases. Remember the maximum height for Minimus is 80cm. In Minimus also you will have to negotiate a gate and a slip rail. The gate has to be opened and closed from the pony's back and you must dismount to do the slip rail and remount unaided. Practice at home as much as you can and we will have training for this later on. When competing for the club at inter competitions please take a look at our website for a list of equipment you will need as tack inspections at these events are very strict! See links under Downloads.
Minimus Highlights 2019/2020
Minimus was another roaring success this year, and after hosting the event for the past 3 years it was very exciting to visit a new venue. 27 competitors and their supporters packed up and travelled to Millstreet on Friday 14th June to set up camp and complete their official course walk with one of our trainers Sue Shortt. Even the torrential rain didn’t dampen the spirits of our eager competitors and all were duly rewarded with a Minimus Half Zip sweater and BBQ, kindly cooked by Kieran, Sean, Dave and Ian.
The National Championship Course is renowned for being a strong and technical course and this year was no exception. Millstreet did an amazing job in preparing the course, the fences were beautifully presented with plenty of questions asked of our riders and ponies along the way!! It was wonderful to have 7 teams representing our club, of which, 10 children were 1st time competitors.
Lucy Martin, Kate Fahey, Niall FitzGerald and Ben Connors of the Kildare Maltesers put in a terrific performance and were crowned the overall winners of the Johnson & Perrett Minimus Championships 2019. They also claimed the Best Riding Award as they were the ONLY team to have 4 perfect clear rounds earning them an extra 100 bonus points. They also won the award for being the Best Mixed Team. Ellie Dillon, Clodagh McCarthy, Daniel Sargant, Charlie O’Neill of the Kildare Rolos also did fantastic finishing in 6th place. A huge thank you to Jane and Ronan Kinsella, Dermot Murphy, Joe Craig, Sarah Wardel and Sue Shortt for wonderful training sessions and to Michelle and Kieran Connors and Daragh and Grainne O’Neill for providing such fantastic facilities for our training.
The swimming took place in Mallow pool on Sunday morning and every child swam their hearts out, yielding some personal bests! A huge thank you to Helen, Sean and all at K Leisure Naas for organizing our training sessions and to all the children and parents who attended the Friday night and Saturday mornings. A special mention must go to Lucy Martin for her amazing achievement, finishing 1st in the girls swimming and indeed tied her swim score with the winning male competitor. Anyone who was there to witness that heat will agree it was a spectacle to watch
The running was back in Milstreet on Sunday afternoon and unfortunately the skies changed and the rain came in torrents as the running phase was to commence. Umbrellas and horse boxes were used to the max to keep children and coaches dry during the course walk. A very big thank you must go to Bernie Dillon who gave up her time to coach the children every Saturday morning and to John Finn who was happy to step in as a very able substitute. The teams were prepared so well for this phase of the competition and again it wasn’t without reward! Clodagh McCarthy put in an incredible performance to win the running phase. Clodagh is still young enough to compete again next year so watch this space!! Niall FitzGerald also did very well finishing 6th in the boy’s category.
Last but not least, a very big thank you to all the parents who gave up their time to bring their children to all the x-country training rallies, the swimming lessons and the running training. Your efforts are much appreciated. Our biggest thank you of all, goes to our amazing children who represented their club so superbly at national level, you all did your club very proud.
International Minimus, UK - 29th/30th June, 2019
The International Minimus competition was held at Catterick, North Yorkshire on 29th and 30th June. The swim and shoot were at Catterick Leisure Centre and the Ride and Run were at Foxberry Chasers. KHPC was represented by Lucy Martin and Niall Fitzgerald. Lucy and Niall trained hard with the Irish squad from February and were well prepared for the big competition. They “cleaned up” in the prizes, and both were on the winning team. Lucy and Niall really enjoyed all the training and competition and made great new friends with Irish Pony Club competitors from around the country. They are very talented young children with the potential to achieve great things in future. However, they are already champions, they represented KHPC with distinction, and are fantastic role models for our younger members. We are very proud of their incredible achievements this year. Well done Lucy and Niall…!!
The head of Minimus is Ber Fahey (085 683 0881)