Show Jumping

Show Jumping within the Pony Club is a sport for ponies and riders which tests the pony’s ability to jump over a course of fences. Show Jumping is a truly exciting sport, one of the three Olympic equestrian disciplines along with Eventing and Dressage. The basic rules are: If a pony knocks a fence they incur four faults. If they refuse to jump a fence they incur four faults. If a pony refuses to attempt to jump a particular fence three times, they are eliminated. For further details please review the IPC Showjumping rules under the Downloads section below.

Show Jumping is available to Kildare Hunt Pony Club members riding at all levels. Rallies (group lessons) and competitions start at X-poles level and continue all the way up to 1m10 and beyond. Rallies are organised on a regular basis. The dates are announced to all members via the what’s app group (KHPC Pony Club Info) and can be booked through Competitions are also run throughout the year. On Sundays through January 2020 we ran a fun and well attended league culminating in an exciting Final on February 2 nd . There will hopefully be another league later in the year and a special show at Halloween.

Showjumping Competitions

KHPC is one branch of the Irish Pony Club, a nationwide organisation consisting of almost 60 branches divided into 9 regions or areas. We are a member of Area 2. Each year there is an Irish Pony Club Championships, a nationwide competition covering all disciplines and held over 3 days. Each area holds a Show Jumping qualifier to decide which branches will represent their area at the Championships. The teams placed first, second and third go forward to the Championships.

Show Jumping Downloads

Show Jumping Highlights 2019/2020

2019 was another wonderful year for the Kildare Hunt Pony Club with great participation in our show-jumping league and numerous successes at the qualifiers and championships.

KHPC Show-jumping league 2019

The year started with our Show-Jumping League in April once again held in Coilog Equestrian centre. We had great participation in all classes from x-poles to 1.1m and great dedication from children, parents and ponies many of whom competed on all four Fridays. Our final was unfortunately postponed due to storm Hannah and successfully re-scheduled to the following Sunday. Thanks to our wonderful sponsors Holmestead Saddlery who once again provided us with great prizes. Congratulations to all the competitors who took part and many thanks to the parents who volunteered to help each evening.

Area 2 Show-Jumping Festival Qualifier

2019 was another wonderful year for the Kildare Hunt Pony Club with great participation in our show-jumping league and numerous successes at the qualifiers and championships.

Kildare Skittles

Kildare Jelly Tots

The Area 2 Show-Jumping Festival Qualifier was held at CoilOg Equestrian centre on 17th July. Following weeks of training, (many thanks to Cathleen, Tom and Dermot for their time and expertise in preparing the teams), there was a great turn-out for the event with no less than 10 Kildare teams taking part.

Two Kildare teams qualified for the John Leddingham Championship, with the Kildare Minstrels (Aoife Keane, Ruth Sargent, Abi Plunkett and Emma Keogh) winning the qualifier and the Kildare Maltesers (Ben Connors, Alex Connors, Jessica Reid and Anna White) placing third.

Three Kildare teams qualified for the Robbie Bailey Championship: the Kildare Cats (Rachel Doyle, Kate Fahey, Claire O Ryan and Katie O Neill) put up a great performance to win the qualifier with the Kildare Cheetahs (Robyn O Donnell, Eva O Neill, Sophie Naughton and Alice O Sullivan) second and the Kildare Lions (Lucy Hennessy, Eabha O’Neill, Indigo Doolin and Cathal White) third.

The Kildare Skittles team (Aron Reid, Anna Nangle, Jessica O Ryan and Clodagh McCarthy) won the Alice Mernagh (U12) Qualifier in a hotly contested jump-off with the Kildare Jelly Tots (Ellen O’Neill, Sarah Smullen, Robyn Dempsey and Bobby Lambe) second; both teams qualifying for the Festival Championships.

Emma Osbourne qualified for the Senior Individual Championships and we also had a number of riders who qualified on mixed teams: Eliza Jane Queally, Sarah Bradford and Caelainn Foley.

IPC Championships Barnadown

The IPC Festival too place at Barnadown Equestrian Centre on a beautiful weekend at the end of July. Once again we had great show-jumping success. The Kildare Maltesers won the prestigious John Leddingham Trophy with team member Alex Connors going on to win the Individual Competition.

The Kildare Maltesers - Winners of John Ledingham 2019

Eva O’Neill – 2nd Robbie Bailey

Our teams were out of luck for the Robbie Bailey and Alice Mernagh trophies but we had some very impressive individual placings: Eva O’Neill was second in the Robbie Bailey Individual Competition and Aron Reid fourth in the Alice Mernagh.

The Kildare Jelly Tots, jumped brilliantly and secured the horsemanship award for the Alice Mernagh competition; a really great achievement for such a young team!

Congratulations to all the competitors for a great weekend of show-jumping.

Show Jumping Classic

A number of KHPC members competed with great success in the Area 2 show-jumping classic qualifier. Many congratulations to Eliza-Jane Queally who went on to win the Mackey Show Jumping Classic 90cm final at CoilOg in September. Well done Eliza Jane!