Working Hunter Ponies
93. WORKING HUNTER STARTER STAKES, PONY, MARE or GELDING, 4 years old or over, not exceeding 133cm.
Suitable for and to be ridden by riders who have not attained their 12th birthday by 1 January 2018.
94. PONY, MARE, GELDING or STALLION, 4 years old or over, not exceeding 133cm.
Suitable for and to be ridden by riders who have not attained their 14th birthday by 1 January 2018.
95. PONY, MARE, GELDING or STALLION, 4 years old or over, exceeding 133cm but not exceeding 143cm.
Suitable for and to be ridden by riders who have not attained their 17th birthday by 1 January 2018.
96. PONY, MARE, GELDING or STALLION, 4 years old or over, exceeding 143cm but not exceeding 153cm.
Suitable for and to be ridden by riders who have not attained their 20th birthday by 1 January 2018.
97. PONY, MARE, GELDING or STALLION, 4 years old or over, exceeding 143cm but not exceeding 158cm.
Suitable for and to be ridden by riders who have attained their 14th birthday but not attained their 25th birthday by 1 January 2018.
To demonstrate quality ponies capable of carrying a child across country.
They will be quality animals with a neat head, good length of rein and depth through the body. They must be able to carry a child on a cross country ride, over fences, logs and ditches. The pony must exhibit an ability to jump and be fit enough to go a distance.
RDS Members: €234 each entry; Non-Members: €265 each entry.
There will be a maximum of 25 primary entries per class. The first 25 correct primary entries received will secure entry. Please note there may be additional secondary entries in the above classes.
Ponies entered in Class 93 may also, provided they are eligible, be entered in Class 94. However, any combination of pony and rider competing in this class may not compete in any other Working Hunter Pony class at this Show.
Ponies entered in Classes 96 & 97 may also, provided they are eligible, be entered in Classes 20 & 21 (Small Hunters) and Class 65 (Small Event Horses).
It is recommended that ponies entered in Classes 94 to 97 have a minimum of 50 IPS points, are Grade C with Show Jumping Ireland or are Pony B with Eventing Ireland.
A body protector must be worn by all riders.
Riders must dress according to the dress code.
Exhibits in the Working Hunter Ponies must have a current and valid measurement under the Show Jumping Ireland / Irish Pony Society Measurement Scheme and their passports must be available on arrival for inspection.
Please note there are no specific bitting rules or guidelines for these classes.
Spurs are not permitted.
These classes will run as per the exhibitor order in which they appear in the official DHS Catalogue. A rider will be permitted to run out of order only in exceptional circumstances, on written request to the Equestrian Office before Monday 6 August, at 5pm and with the approval of the Show Director.
It is compulsory that all 4 and 5 year old ponies entered in these classes have competed in a minimum of three shows prior to the 1st of August 2018. Please note, exhibitors will be required to state the three shows on their entry form. An allowance will be made for exhibitors who wish to compete in a Show scheduled between their time of entry and the 1st of August, i.e exhibitors will be permitted to list a show that they intend to compete in. If an exhibitor lists a future show, but is then unable to attend the nominated show for reasons of force majeure, the exhibitor must declare this to the Equestrian Office before the 1st of August.
Proof of participation at these shows may be requested on arrival at the Dublin Horse Show, and should incorrect or inaccurate information be supplied it will incur elimination.
For 5 year old ponies who competed as 4 year olds in 2017, this experience may be used to fulfil the three show requirement.
Exhibitors in Classes 93 and 94 will be allowed to familiarise their ponies with the competition Ring on Saturday morning as below:
Class 93 - 7.25am
Class 94 - 7.40am
Please note that these times are subject to change and the finalised 'Ring Familiarisation' times will be included in the Official Daily Programme.
Exhibitors may only enter the Ring during the time allocated for their class. All ponies must be mounted and wearing their competition number, and may only be ridden by the rider as recorded in the Catalogue.
Only the pony and rider may enter the Ring during these times; no grooms, assistants or trainers will be permitted to accompany the rider in the Ring.
Ponies are permitted to walk and trot only.
There will be a 5-minute course walk on foot for Class 93 at 7.55am. Riders should be accompanied by their parent, guardian or trainer.
|Jumping||10 marks per fence|
|Way of going||20 marks|
The total for Phase One will be divided by two and then the penalties subtracted.
Manners and performance marks include “way of going” and manners in company.
Conformation and movement marks include quality and soundness.
|1st refusal||15 penalties|
|2nd refusal||20 penalties|
|Fall of rider||Elimination|
Riders who misuse the whip in the Jumping Phase will receive 5 penalties. Misuse of the whip is where it is not applied to re-enforce a leg / seat aid or is inconsistent with the aids being given. Excessive use of the whip may incur elimination. Determination of excessive or misuse of the whip will be at the judge's discretion.
Ponies entered in Classes 93 to 97 will be required to jump a course of natural fences, including a water tray, and negotiate obstacles with the following dimensions:
|Class||Max Height||Max Width|
Mr Kevin Millman (UK)
Awards & Prizes
The number of prizes awarded is based on the number of animals catalogued. For more information please click here
- 1st €335
- 2nd €233
- 3rd €186
- 4th €129
- 5th €93
Cups & Trophies
Cup No. 123 – The “Vivienne Hillery” Perpetual Challenge Cup for the Champion Working Hunter Pony in the Show. First and second prize winners from Classes 94 to 97 will compete for this Cup.