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All set for annual Irish Pony Race Day 27th September

September 16, 2015

The Irish Pony Club will join forces with The Curragh Racecourse on Sunday September 27th when the annual Pony Club Family Race Day takes place at the famous County Kildare venue. The top class program of racing features the Juddmonte Beresford Stakes (Group 2), CL & ML Weld Park Stakes (Group 3) and Manguard Plus Amateur Riders Derby.

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 took place last weekend at the world renowned Racing Academy and Centre of Education in Kildare Town with 10 Pony Club members as follows:

Ben Harvey Ward Union
Ned Fox Scarteen
Alannah Budds West Waterford
Emily Wallace Tipperary
Kellie McClaffery East Donegal
James Coonan Kildare
Niall Houlihan Waterford
Jack Hassett Tipperary
Jim Tyrrell Laois
Jill McGettigan East Donegal

The overall winner who will be announced on the race day, will receive one week of work experience with a leading trainer, together with private jockey coaching session with a RACE Instructor and 200 euro voucher from TRI Equestrian. A Jockey Skills Display will take place on the 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 the suitability to ride in the display.

A packed program of entertainment during the afternoon will include a special Musical Ride performance by the Killinick Pony Club, while there will be presentations to the 10 Pony Club members who have been selected for Inspirational Awards,.

All Pony Club members will gain free admission to the races, while there is a special €5 admission ticket available to parents and families of pony club members which must be purchased by 25rd September at www.curragh.ie and insert promo code IPC15

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