It’s almost fifty years ago that Stephanie Brooks began encouraging local children to come Errislannan Manor to learn to ride and established the Connemara Branch of the Irish Pony Club.
The Connemara Branch of the Irish Pony Club
The Irish Pony Club is a youth organisation and endeavours to promote and encourage horsemanship, sportsmanship, citizenship and loyalty in a safe and fun atmosphere, for all its members and volunteers.
The objective is to encourage young people to ride and to learn to enjoy all kinds of sport connected with horses and riding. To provide instruction in riding and horsemanship, and to instil in members the proper care of their animals. To promote the highest ideals of sportsmanship, citizenship and loyalty, thereby cultivating strength of character and self-discipline.
The instructional rally of the Connemara Branch takes place on Saturday mornings Easter to October.
Additionally annual one week camps take place in the first two weeks of July, where members can enjoy full days with the ponies and tuition, to work towards their next exam level.
Saturdays in June / July / August
09:30 – 13:00
8 years and up
Irish Pony Club Prices
• Irish Pony Club Subscription €120
• Saturday Rally €25
• Siblings at Rally €20
• Polo Shirts €20
• Sweatshirt €20
• Camp week €220
Annual Pony Club events include:
• One Day Event
• Open Day and cake sale
• Show jumping
• Dressage competition
Pony Club ‘Camp’ Week:
• Seniors: Last week in June
• Juniors: First week in July
Mini Pops &
At Errislannan we also have two weekday afternoon opportunities for those not yet old or experienced enough to join Pony Club.
For those children who have a bit of experience off the lead rein. They will learn to groom, help tack up, receive a small lecture as well as a lesson in the arena or ride out.
• Group ride
• Stable craft
Thursdays in June / July / August
14:30 – 17:00
Children ages 6+ years
For young beginners. A fun and regular way to be introduced and build confidence with ponies and riding.
• Group lead rein
Mondays June / July / August
Children ages 4 – 6 years