Tack Sheets:

The current Tack Sheets are available on the Irish Pony Club website.

Tack sheets are issued by the Irish Pony Club every year. These detail the tack allowed for various competitions as well as the dress allowed for the rider.

You should familiarise yourself with the content of these before attending competitions as there is always a Tack Inspection and it is better if you present properly for this.


Below are the activities we run in the Waterford Hunt Branch. This is only an introduction to these activities and you should also read the relevant Rule Books and Tack Sheets.


A rally is a meeting of Pony Club members, where activities with pony and rider take place. Rallies may be mounted or dismounted. Mounted rallies normally take the form of a riding lesson or games, while dismounted rallies may concentrate on stable management. Rallies last approx 2 hours and members are put in rides according to their age and ability. Members must attend at least three rallies in order to attend camp. If members are riding a new pony/horse the DC should always be notified.


A week of equestrian activities. All members must be mounted. Camp starts at 9.30am each morning and finishes at 4pm. Members are in groups according to their age and ability. Activities include dressage, Show-jumping, cross country, games, treks, beach ride, guest speakers, demonstration riders and specialised teaching. Combined training competition is held on the last day, followed by presentation, with full turnout of members. Parents and guardians welcome.

Mini Camp

Three day camp for under 11 year old members. 10am to 3pm. Fun orientated lessons especially designed to meet the needs of our most junior riders and ponies.

Horse Trials / Eventing

Competition including the three disciplines: dressage, showjumping and cross country. The competition involves testing the obedience, athleticism and endurance of the horse and rider. Each discipline is marked and the cumulative total decides the winner. Classes for under 12’s, junior, intermediate, members and seniors.


Member must memorise and then ride the dressage test. Classes for under 12’s, junior, intermediate, members and seniors. Tests the obedience of the horse.


Riding a set course of show jumps. Knocks/run outs/stops/falls all count as penalties. Pony Club Showjumping competitions include, Robbie Bailey Junior Team, under 14 years and must not have passed C+ test, Capt. John Ledingham Trophy, Intermediate Team Competition, under 21 years, Championship Team Showjumping Competition, over 12 years and under 21 years, winning team is eligible to compete at the UK championships. Showjumping classic, must be over 13 years on 1st January, separate class for riders over 14 & 15 years. The winner receives a bursary. Tests the athleticism of the horse.

Combined Training

Competition consisting of Dressage and Showjumping. Combination of marks decides the winner. Classes for under 12’s, junior, intermediate, members and seniors.

Cross Country

Cross country consists of a course of approx 20 solid fences, similar to those found in the hunting field, but purposely built. Competitor must ride the course clearing each obstacle and cross the finish line within the time.

Hunter Trials

Members ride a cross country course and the fastest time wins.

Mounted Games

Members compete on ponies, using posts, balls buckets, flags, etc. Under 10’s, junior and senior.


Competition for under 12’s consisting of swimming, running and cross country riding.


Competition for under 15’s and seniors, consisting of swimming, running, shooting and cross country.

See also:
Irish Pony Club Website for Rule Books and Tack Sheets



The following is a brief guide to the various tests you can do when you are a member of the Irish Pony Club.

Your D.C., with advice from an instructor, will advise you when you have reached the standard for a particular test.

All Pony Club tests are optional but members are encouraged to progress through them during their time in the Pony Club.

The tests are taken at recommended ages and are designed with certain objectives in mind.

Test Cards are available from your D.C. or Secretary. These detail the complete syllabus for each test. It is hoped to make the test syllabus for all tests available on line in the near future.

When you pass a test, you get a signed certificate and a coloured disc to wear behind your Pony Club Badge. There are different coloured certificates and discs for different tests.

Note the following:

A member cannot take a test with another branch without the written permission of both D.C.’s, and the Area Representative.
A parent may not arrange a test for a child.
The practice of bringing pressure to bear on Area Reps., D.C.’s, Examiners and other Irish Pony Club officials regarding Pony Club Tests is unacceptable.
If a member fails a test, a minimum of two months must elapse before retaking the test.


D Test > D+ Test > C Test > Road Safety > C+ Test > B Test > B+ Test > A Test

For more information about Tests visit The Irish Pony Club Website.

Click for info on Achievement Badges

You may see some of our members with attractive badges sewn onto the sleeves of their Pony Club sweatshirt. These are achievement badges and you can read a little bit about them below. If you want more information about working for an Achievement Badge, you should talk to Sam, our D.C.

BANDAGING & RUGS – To be able to put on stable bandages, a tail bandage, a rug and roller and a New Zealand rug.

FEEDING – To know the basic rules of feeding and to be able to recognise different foodstuffs.

FIRST AID (EQUINE) – To know how to treat minor wounds and illness. To be able to recognise signs of good/ill health and know about the necessary protection against Tetanus, Flu and Worms.

HANDLING & GROOMING – To be able to run up a pony in hand and to tie it up safely. To be able to identify and use all grooming utensils correctly.

LOADING – To be able to load/unload a pony, with assistance, safely into/out of a trailer or horsebox

MUCKING OUT – To be able to name and use stable tools to muck out and to talk about different types of bedding.

POINTS OF THE HORSE – To know the points of the horse, colours and markings.

SADDLERY – To be able to name the parts of, and put on a saddle and a snaffle bridle, know about the care and cleaning of same. Be able to identify common bits, i.e. Eggbut/Loose-ring Snaffle, Pelham etc

SHOEING – To know the indications that a pony needs the farrier, what to look for in a newly shod foot, and to know the blacksmith’s tools.

RIDING & ROAD SAFETY – To be able to apply the ‘Green Cross Code’ and Highway Code as a road user.

CARE OF THE HORSES FOOT – To know something of the structure of the horses foot, the need for daily care and some knowledge of the trimming and shoeing process.

PLAITING – To know the principles of plaiting a mane and tail, know occasions when the horse/pony should be plaited and recognise a well plaited mane and tail.

TACK CLEANING – To know the equipment

BIRD WATCHING – To be able to identify the following: Robin, Blackbird, Great-tit, Blue-tit, Chaffinch, Magpie, Wood Pigeon, Jay, Mallard, Mute Swan, Wren & Kingfisher.

WILD FLOWERS – To be able to identify the following: Buttercup, Daisy, Foxglove, Bluebell, Cowslip, Dandelion, Primrose, Forget-me-not, Red/White Campion, Snowdrop, Poppy and Clover.

POISONOUS PLANTS – To be able to identify poisonous plants as listed in the Manual of Horse Mastership.

TREES – To be able to identify the following: Oak, Ash, Beech, Sycamore, Lime, Holly, Yew, Horse Chestnut, Sweet Chestnut, Birch, Hazel and Larch.

WILDLIFE – To be able to identify the following: Badger, Fox, Hare, Mole, Otter, Rabbit, Stoat, Weasel, Red/Grey Squirrel, Red/Fallow/Roe Deer.