King­dom Pony Club gal­lops to the 25-year mark

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - NEWS -

THE King­dom Branch of The Ir­ish Pony Club will mark its 25th an­niver­sary in The River Is­land Ho­tel in Castleis­land on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 22, with a din­ner and a disco.

“The club is hop­ing to see mem­bers past and present and their par­ents there to help us cel­e­brate 25 won­der­ful years of the club and would like to thank all the vol­un­teers who kept the club run­ning over the years,” said club spokesper­son Mark McEl­lig­ott.

The club has mem­bers from all over Kerry, and ral­lies are or­gan­ised at dif­fer­ent venues through­out the county cater­ing for all lev­els of abil­ity. The high­light of the year is the sum­mer camp, which runs for four or five days, with guest in­struc­tors com­ing to Kerry from all over the coun­try.

“The club’s achieve­ments in­clude win­ning Na­tional Horse Tri­als Cham­pi­onships and win­ning an un­der-16 Mounted Games Na­tional cham­pi­onship,” said Mark.

“In 1999 and 2000, we won the Se­nior Showjump­ing Na­tional Cham­pi­onship and went on to win the Bri­tish Isles Pony Club Cham­pi­onship in Eng­land. We won the In­ter­me­di­ate Showjump­ing fi­nal also that year. Our Se­nior Show Jump­ing teams won the Horse­man­ship prize four years in a row , a record that still stands,” Mark said.

“Two of our mem­bers won the in­di­vid­ual horse­man­ship award, Adrian Shee­han and Mark McEl­lig­ott. Brian O’Sul­li­van was our Te­trathlon cham­pion, win­ning numer­ous ti­tles in Ire­land and Eng­land.”

“Our most fa­mous past mem­ber is Top jockey Brian Cooper. Nigel An­der­ton is Stud Man­ager at one of J P. McManus’s studs. Other past mem­bers are now In­struc­tors while oth­ers have var­i­ous jobs in the equine in­dus­try,” he said.

Tick­ets for the event, at €30 and €10 for un­der 12’s, are avail­able by con­tact­ing Ruth on mcel­lig­[email protected]

King­dom Pony Club mem­bers Der­mot Pierse, Sadbh Glavin Mur­phy, Lucy Daly, Saoirse Glavin Mur­phy, Mary O’Con­nor, Gaelle Daly, Ruth Mcel­lig­ott, Re­becca Barry, Gwynn Holmes pic­tured with Rockie the Pony.

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