Show Jumping is one of the most popular activities in the Irish Pony Club and is offered at many levels to members.
Show Jumping activities in the Irish Pony Club varies from our youngest members jumping small crosspoles to our senior members jumping 1.20m.
Show jumping will often take place at working rallies as part of the instruction given. Some branches organise special showjumping rallies as well as show jumping training sessions.
Fun competitions like Mini/Midi/Maxi show jumping competitions are often run by branches and are sometimes open to neighbouring branches. Show Jumping is also part of Horse Trials and Combined Training Competitions.
The Show Jumping Championships which are held at the IPC Festival are divided into the different competitions:
- Junior Show Jumping (Robbie Bailey)
- Intermediate Show Jumping (John Ledingham)
- Members Show Jumping
- Senior Individual
- U12 Show Jumping (Alice Mernagh)
Each Area of the IPC runs an Area Qualifier to decide which branches will represent their Area at the championships. The teams placed first and second at the qualifier will go on to compete at the Championships.
Below is a brief guide to these competitions.
Junior Show Jumping (Robbie Bailey) Competition
The final for this competition is held at the Pony Club Festival. It is a team competition. There are four members on a team and the format for this competition can be found in the relevant section of the IPC Current Rule Book on IPC Web Site. To qualify for this competition a team must be placed first, second or third at their Area Qualifier.
This competition is for riders Under 14 years old on 1st January of the competition year. They must also be C Test standard but must not have their C+ Test. Ponies must be 5 years or over. The jumps have a maximum height of 90cm.
Members compete for the Robbie Bailey Cup. This competition is named in honor of Robbie Bailey who was D.C. of the Laois Branch. He was wise and gracious, knowledgeable and modest man, and was a source of admiration to everyone who came into contact with him. He instilled in younger members, the art, skills and joys of horsemanship. He died in 1983. To ensure it remains a true Junior Competition, the age remains Under 14, whilst junior age is Under 15 for Horse Trials, Combined Training and Hunter Trials.
The same combination of pony/horse and rider from a winning Robbie Bailey team (in any year) is not eligible to compete.
Intermediate Show Jumping Championship (John Ledingham Cup)
The final for this competition is held at the Pony Club Festival. This is a team competition. There are four members on team and the format for this competition may be found in the relevant section of the IPC Show Jumping Rule Book on IPC Web Site. To qualify for this competition a team must be placed at their Area Qualifier.
This competition is for riders Under 21 years old on 1st January of the competition year. They must have passed their C Test but must not have their B Test. Ponies must be 5 years or over. The jumps have a maximum height of 1m. See current Rule Book on IPC WebSite for horse and rider eligibility as there are changes to this in 2011. A member of a winning Intermediate Team (in any year) is not eligible.
The Irish Pony Club named this competition after John Ledingham. He is a former pony club member and is one of the best known and most successful Irish Army International Riders.
Intermediate Individual Show Jumping
New for 2011. This competition runs concurrently with the John Ledingham and is for riders who have their B/H test and do not wish to jump over 1m. See current Show Jumping Rule Book on IPC Web Site.
Senior Show Jumping Championship
This is a team competition. Riders must be over the age of 12 and under the age of 21 years on the 1st January of the current year. Competitors in this competition must have passed their ‘C’ Test. This competition is run over two rounds with maximum fence heights 1.10m in the first round and 1.15m in the second round (two fences may be a 1.20m at the discretion of the course builder.
The winning team in this competition is invited to travel to the UK for the UKPC Championships to represent the Irish Pony Club. See “International – Show Jumping” on IPC Web Site. Irish teams competing in the UK have had much success over the years.
For eligibility of Horses and Ponies and further information about this competition see the ShowJumping Rule Book on IPC Website.
Senior Individual Show Jumping Competition
This competition is for competitors over the age of 12 and under the age of 23 yrs. on the 1st January of the current year. Competitors in this competition must have passed their “C” test.
For eligibility of Horses and Ponies please see the relevant section of the of The Show Jumping Rule book on IPC Website.
This is an individual competition. Riders must be over the age of 12 and under the age of 21 years on the 1st January of the current year. Competitors in this competition must have passed their ‘C’ Test.
This competition is run over two rounds with maximum fence heights 1.10m in the first round and 1.15m in the second round (two fences may be a 1.20m at the discretion of the course builder.
This competition is run after the Team Championships over a new course. It is open to all qualified branch members under 23 yrs. (with C Test) including those who take part in the Senior Team competition. Team horses are eligible but riders may choose a fresh horse provided they have ridden that horse at the Area Qualifier. Riders may only compete once in the Individual competition.
U12, Alice Mernagh *New competition 2016*
This is a competition for members over 8 and under 12 on the 1st of January of the current year. All competitors must be of D+ test Standard. All Ponies and horses are eligible if they are currently or have been in the previous year jumping with SJI at 90cm and under. Maximum height is 80cm.
This competition is named in honour of Killinick Pony Club’s former DC Alice Mernagh pictured here presenting the first ever winning team with the Alice Mernagh Cup.
Show Jumping Classic
This is an individual SJ competition that was introduced in more recent years to encourage our more senior members to continue to participate in Pony Club.
This competition usually takes place during late summer and through the autumn. Dates for the Classic are notified to branches and are also available on this website.
The winner of the Show Jumping Classic is awarded a Training Bursary, sponsored by Irish Pony Club Shop.
For information about the Classic classes, etc. you should check the current Show Jumping Rule Book on IPC Website.