The East Galway Hunt Pony Club are resuming with rallies in the showgrounds every Friday at 19:00. The Cllub hosts many activities regarding equestrianism including show jumping, horse trials, and tetrathlons.
The East Galway branch are part of the Irish Pony Club which aims to encourage young people to ride and the learn the sport, to take care of their animals, and to show sportsmanship and courtesy.
Recently the Ballinasloe Club held an evening at Gullane’s Hotel to celebrate former instructor Lizz Scott’s retirement. Liz had been involved with the club for over 40 years and has trained many of her students to become successful riders with many now competing at European and Olympic levels. At this event, she was presented with a crystal vase and a tribute by Michael Essame, Chairman of the Irish Pony Club Executive. Liz praised her current and former students over the years, and emphasised the importance of young riders in the future of equestrianism.
Memberships for 2023 will be opening shortly - boys and girls up to 21 years of age with activities to suit all levels. Membership is €100 each and €80 for any additional family members, with insurance and administration costs included. As well as having a horse to ride – members are expected to perform at a moderately capable level before participating in any competitions.
You can keep up to date with the club’s activities and events on their Facebook page www.facebook.com/IrishPonyClub. If you have any queries, you can contact the group at (087) 274 1869 or (086) 826 7540.
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