Race Day / Jockey Skills

IPC Race Day 2016 – Sun. 25th September                          Jockey Skills Course 2016 – 9 & 10 Sept.

 

Irish Pony Club Members who took part in the Jockey Skills Course and the Exhibition Race at the Curragh are:

Micheal OConnor       Golden Vale
Katie Reddington        Ward Union
Ailbhe Leonard            Galway Mid County
Jade McClafferty        East Donegel
Anna Walsh                 Tipperary
Aine Lane                    United
James Dillon               Ward Union
Jane Field                   Galway Mid County
Niall Burke                  South Union
Andy ODonnell           Kilkenny

RACE candidates

Jockey Skills Course candidates 2015 after completing the Exhibition Ride at The Curragh Race Course

The objective of this exciting initiative will be not only for the Curragh to showcase horse racing to Pony Club members from all over Ireland, but most importantly for the Pony Club to celebrate the end of their busy summer season with a fun and exciting day for all the family to enjoy.

One of the most exciting aspects of the initiative is a Jockey Skills Training Course, which will take place in advance of the race day at the world renowned Racing Academy and Centre of Education (RACE) in Kildare Town with 10 Pony Club members taking part. This course is open to IPC members who are aged 14 to 16 years, under 9 stone and hold a minimum C test certificate.

The overall winner of the Jockey Skills course will be announced on the race day, will receive one week of work experience with a leading trainer, together with a private jockey coaching session with a RACE Instructor and 200 euro voucher from TRI Equestrian.  A Jockey Skills Display will take place on the race track after the last race with the emphasis on style and skill not as an actual race. Participants in Jockey Skills course will be assessed by RACE during their weekend course for their suitability to ride in the display.

For the exhibition race, members will ride the pony/horse they usually ride at Pony Club activities. Horses currently racing or ponies that are involved in ‘Pony Racing’ are not allowed. Members must nominate their mounts one week before the Race Day detailing the history of their pony/horse. Parents must sign a form taking responsibility for safely mounting their children. 

The objective of this exciting initiative will be not only for the Curragh to showcase horse racing to Pony Club members from all over Ireland, but most importantly for the Pony Club to celebrate the end of their busy summer season with a fun and exciting day for all the family to enjoy.

One of the most exciting aspects of the initiative is a Jockey Skills Training Course, which will take place in advance of the race day at the world renowned Racing Academy and Centre of Education (RACE) in Kildare Town with 10 Pony Club members taking part. This course is open to IPC members who are aged 14 to 16 years, under 9 stone and hold a minimum C test certificate.

The overall winner of the Jockey Skills course will be announced on the race day, will receive one week of work experience with a leading trainer, together with a private jockey coaching session with a RACE Instructor and 200 euro voucher from TRI Equestrian.  A Jockey Skills Display will take place on the race track after the last race with the emphasis on style and skill not as an actual race. Participants in Jockey Skills course will be assessed by RACE during their weekend course for their suitability to ride in the display.

For the exhibition race, members will ride the pony/horse they usually ride at Pony Club activities. Horses currently racing or ponies that are involved in ‘Pony Racing’ are not allowed. Members must nominate their mounts one week before the Race Day detailing the history of their pony/horse. Parents must sign a form taking responsibility for safely mounting their children. 

 

 

logoJockey Skills Course Reports

The Jockey Skills Course started back in 2010 with a venture between the Irish Pony Club and RACE to give our members a taste of what it is like to be a jockey for a weekend.

RACE (Racing Academy & Centre of Education) is the training centre for aspiring young jockeys. The facilities and training available in RACE is world renowned. It is located in Kildare town near the hollowed turf of the Curragh plains. 

Three brothers from Dungarvan, Co. Waterford all of whom were members of the Waterford Hunt Pony Club have all attended this course.   Sean (20), Conor (18) and Niall (15) Houlihan all gained valuable experience and Sean has progressed and is a jockey with Philips Hobbs in Somerset in the UK. Conor, while still at school has an amateur licence and competes on the Point-to-Point circuit. Niall, also in school, rides outs for near neighbour, trainer John Kiely.   

The weekend of training at RACE was a fantastic experience for them and they gained knowledge in nutrition, fitness and tips on riding and day to day duties in a racing stable.  They also made great friends from various Pony Clubs from around the country.   The highlight of the RACE event is the Pony Club Day at the Curragh where they got access to the weighing room, to talk to the jockeys on the day and “a breeze-up the Curragh Racecourse”.

 

Within the Pony Club they all completed in  Show Jumping leagues, the Robbie Bailey Show Jumping Championships, National Championships, Minimus, Tetrathlon just to name a few.  They have also completed up to B Test within the Pony Club. The highlight for all boys was definitely the Jockey Skills Course at the RACE (Racing Academy and Centre of Education) at the Curragh.

 

Below is a picture of the 3 brothers riding out in Philips Hobbs – while visiting their brother Sean.

Houlihan brothers riding out on gallops

 

Ned Fox (Member of Scarteen Hunt Branch) : –

“I thoroughly enjoyed my time at RACE. Every chance we got we were on the simulators driving home a winner! We got great experience out in the yard riding out two lots. The horses were well mannered and in great condition.
The videos of us on the gallops were of great benefit in highlighting where I was going wrong. But above all, the race on the Curragh was by far the most exhilarating thing I have done yet and gave a great buzz. The whole experience was really worthwhile and I would recommend it to anyone thinking of  becoming a jockey.”

Jockey Skills Ned Fox 2015

Jockeyskills Application Form 2016

 

Musical Ride

The winners of the Musical Ride competition will also put on a display on the Race Day. 

Inspirational Award

Inspirational Irish Pony Club members who have been nominated by their branches will also be presented with an award at the Race Day.