Irish Pony Club Update – Executive Chairman, Michael Essame
"These are strange and challenging times that we are living in at the moment.
Thank you to everyone who is listening to and adhering to the guidelines and restrictions set out by the Government. Remember, we are all in this together and acting as one we can overcome this virus. Remain positive and support each other where you can.
I would like to take this opportunity to assure you that the Irish Pony Club Executive Committee and Discipline Committees are closely monitoring all of the guidelines and recommendations announced by the Department of Health. At the moment, it is difficult to make decisions. However, when the picture and the situation become clearer in May, these committees will update all members with plans for Branches, competitions and championships. These committees are also considering tentative plans for holding competitions and championships later in the year. All plans will be clarified once more information becomes available.
As you may have guessed, any return to group gatherings and pony club activities will be gradual. It will require careful planning and further adherence to Department of Health recommendations. The Irish Pony Club will make every effort to guide Branches through this process when the time is right.
Tony Ennis, the Irish Pony Club Chairman of Training is working to create lesson plan suggestions for members to support them during this period. Tony in partnership with the Irish Pony Club office staff are constantly trying to identify resources that can provide activities and assistance for members and their families. These resources can be accessed on both the Irish Pony Club website and Facebook pages.
I understand that all of these changes are very disappointing to you and everyone in the pony club, especially as we were all looking forward to a great summer of competition and fun.
You are making a difference by keeping your distance, washing your hands and following coughing etiquette. Stay active, exercise yourself and your pony safely, stay out of harm’s way and look out for one another."
Michael Essame, Irish Pony Club Executive Chairman