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Preparing for this year's Minimus

Click on this link to watch a video of last years Minimus in Mallow. Watch out for Laois members tackling the banks at the end of this video.

- Minimus 2019 -

Click on below link to watch a video of Minimus at Mallow. Watch out for Laois members taking on the banks at the end of this video

- Preparing for Minimus 2019 -

When & Where?

National Minimus Championships will be held at Millstreet Green Glens Arena on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th of June 2019

What Age must I be?

You must be Under 12 on January 1st and you must be of D+ standard. DC must be happy that you are capable of riding a Xc course of 80cm and that you can swim unaided for at least 1 full length of the pool. 

How far must I Run & Swim?

You must Run 1km as fast as you can and the faster you are the more points you get. At the Swim phase, you must swim as many lengths of the pool as you can in 2 minutes. You get points for every metre you swim. If you are a nervous swimmer, you can ask for an outside lane. but this can't be guaranteed.

How big is the XC?

XC height for 2019 will be 80cm but there will be easier "O" options for less experienced riders. The L options will incurr a small 70 point penalty.  It is strongly recommended that less experienced riders consider taking the "O" fences. You also will have 2 unique obtacles to take on - a Gate and a Slip Rail

How do I do the Gate?

You must ride up to the gate and calmly try to open the gate while still on your pony. Push the gate open, walk through and close the gate behind you. This must be done in 1 minute. It just takes a little bit of practice. If you open the gate but can't close it in the time allowed, don't worry as you will still get some points for opening it.

What do I do at the Slip Rail?

You must ride up to the slip rail, dismount off your pony, open a slip rail and pass through it with your pony, then close the slip rail and remount your pony. This must be done in 1 minute. If you have trouble getting back up onto your pony, you can ask for help and you will get a small amount of penalties.

How is it scored?

  1. XC - You start off with 1400 points but if you have any refuals or time penalties etc you will get penalties which are deducted from your points. In general it is 60 points per problem but there are different penalties for the gate / slip rail and also for falls and options.
  2. Swim - you get 8 points for every metre of the pool you swim. As a guide you get 200 points for every full length of the pool you swim.
  3. Run - you get points per second. In general it's 6 points per second. A very good run would be 4 minutes and would get you 1000 points.
  4. Your 3 scores are added together to give you your overall personal score and placing.
  5. The 3 top scores on your team are added together for your final team score.
  6. New - an extra bonus of 100 points will be given to any team where all riders are clear XC
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Laois Minimus Day

Our annual fun Minimus Challenge takes place on Sun May 26th. Swim In Athy and  Run & Ride at Stradbally Hall Tetrathlon Class also.  Note results of this competition will be used as part of team selection. We will need plenty of help on the day so please help as much as possible. Entries through On line entry system only.

Minimus Challenges

Lots of Fun Minimus Challenges now confirmed. We recommend you try as many as possible... 

XC Lesson

XC Lesson with Richard Kehoe at The Field Equestrian: 16th, & 23rd February, 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th Mar, 6th, 13th April @ 11am

€15.for the Field Equestrian members & €20 for non members



Portlaoise Leisure Centre Wednesdays from 6pm-7pm Block of 6 = €45.00

1st Block 23rd, 30th Jan, 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th Feb

2nd Block 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th Mar, 3rd, &10th April

3rd Block 17th, 24th April, 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd May

NB. Swim trials will be held on a monthly basis at  Portlaoise Leisure Centre.


Portlaoise Leisure Centre Thursdays from 6.50pm-7.50pm Block of 6 = €45.00

1st Block 24rd, 31th Jan, 7th, 14th, 21th & 28th Feb

2nd Block 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th Mar, 4th, &11th April

3rd Block 18th, 25th April, 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd May

NB. Swim trials will be held on a monthly basis at  Portlaoise Leisure Centre.

Put your name down...

If you think you might like to try Minimus this year, please get in touch with Liz or Linda and they will give you all the help you need.

Team Selection

Teams will be chosen based on combined ability (swimming, running and cross country /& shooting for tetrathlon) of each child in training with 'A' Team being the highest performers, then 'B' Team and 'C' Team etc.

The selectors will look at the following results to aid team selection - Selectors discretion applies.

1. Stradbally Fun Minimus Day - 27th May 2019

2. Assessment Day - Run & Cross Country - TBA


Tack Sheet

Please click on the link below to access the latest Cross Country Tack Sheet. You must familiarise yourself with this and make sure that your pony and yourself meet all the standards listed.

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CHECK LIST before Tack Inspection

To avoid delays and upsets please check all the following are in order before presenting for tack inspection at any Minimus competition.

1) Is my skull cap the correct standard and well fitted?
2) Is my back protector Level 3?
3) Do my stirrups fit my boots (is there 2cm space on either side of the foot)
4) Are my Stirrup Bars down?
5) Is my tack fitted correctly? Please ensure that tack is cleaned and in good repair.
6) Have I a self-tying stock and is it tied properly? No pin.
7) Have I got my Medical Armband, with medical card, my photo and membership card on ON MY ARM?
8) Have I got long sleeves to cover my arms?
9) Have I removed all jewelery, including stock pin and earings.?
10) Have I taped any boots, bandages and also my medical armband?
11) Long Hair must be tied up with Hair net



1) Swimming togs
2) Towel
3) Blue Laois swim hat (plus an extra one)
Goggles if required
4) Please have a drink available for you kid

To avoid goggles from slipping during a dive, it is a good idea to put on two swimming hats, one over the goggles. Pull the front of the hat down over the tip of the goggles.
Please make sure that someone checks that your goggles are secure before you swim.


1) T-Shirt
2) Shorts
3) Runners/ spikes, whichever preferred
4) Sweatshirt and tracksuit bottoms in case its cold
5) Ensure hair is well tied back

1) Back Protector
2) Hat (Blue Silks)
3) White Jods
4) Blue long sleeved skins
5) Gloves
6) Long riding boots or half boots and leather gaiters (Black or brown only)
7) Medical arm band with an up to date photo and IPC Membership card
8) A stock but no pin is allowed
9) All long hair requires hair net (boys or girls)
10) Number bib
11) Under no circumstances is jewelry allowed

Good luck to all our kids taking part & most importantly have fun ......

All clothing & competition wear available to buy from our online shop @

- Minimus 2017 -

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