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The Pony Club Eventing Season usually starts in June and continues right throughout the summer. At most events there will be competitions for Under 12's, Juniors, Intermediate & Open. There will sometimes be a Novice Intermediate category for Novice Riders or Novice Horses who are not ready to compete at Intermediate level. Although there is quite often an Under 12 competition, this category is a Non Qualifier - ie Under 12's do not go forward to the Eventing Championship. For older members with a minimum of C Test, there is a race to qualify for the Eventing Championships. To qualify you need 2 clear rounds cross country or 1 clear round and 1 round with just 1 stop. Your dressage and show jumping results dont matter for qualification purposes but they may be used as criteria for team selection for the championships. 

Tack & Turn Out

As there are 3 different disciplines in Eventing, there are different tack and turnout rules for each phase - eg strict rules on bits for dressage. See below links for the tack sheets for Dressage, Show Jumping and Cross Country. Please check each carefully before travelling to any ODE.

How to Book a ODE

If you wish to book a ODE you must do so plenty of time in advance - usually the cut off is the Monday before an event but please check organisers flyers for further details. If the host branch has their own On Line Entry system you may book directly with the host branch on their system, otherwise please make your bookings on our On Line Entries system.

Qualifier Dates 2015

  • 20th Jun, Kinsale

  • 21st Jun, Bunclody & Dromiskin

  • 28th Jun, Kilossery

  • 5th Jul, Tattersalls & Crecora

  • 12th Jul, Stradbally & Kilquilkey

  • 15th Jul, Killinick

  • 19th Jul, Grove

  • 26th Jul, Ballindenisk & Corbeagh House

  • 15th & 16th Aug, Eventing Championship

 - Eventing Championships 2019 -


The 2019 ODE Eventing Championship takes place over 2 days in Ballindenisk, Co. Cork on Aug 17th & 18th. 

- Qualifiers -

The 2019 ODE Qualifiers are as follows -

21/07/19 - Corbeagh House TBC

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- Eventing -


When you hear members talking about pony club eventing, the first question you will often hear is "Are you qualified yet?". From the start of the summer members travel the length and breadth of the country to compete in qualifying One Day Events. Not only will they be competing for placings at the competition on the day, they will also be doing their utmost to secure a clean cross country round as 2 clear cross country rounds  or 1 clear round and 1 with just 1 stop will ensure that they can compete in the Irish Pony Club Eventing Championships at the end of August.

- What is Eventing? -


Eventing tests the rider and horse to the max. The same combination of horse and rider must ride a dressage test, then take on a course of show jumps and finally head out country on the XC track. After the 3 phases, the rider / horse in each arena with the lowest score wins.

- What are Non Qualifiers? -

A lot of events will also host both Under 12 and Novice Intermediate classes. Members can compete in these and win prizes on the day. However there is no class at the Championships for either of these 2 classes. A very small number of events may also host an Under 10 competition. Look out for individual branch flyers for further information.

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