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Pony News

While we are working on our plans for Pony Trot Series, here’s some useful information for those planning to get involved in 2020

🐎 Pony camps and qualifiers for ALL ponies and drivers prior and during racing season.

🐎 Trotting ponies only
🐎 Pony max height 13.3hh measured with shoes.
Pony has to be older than 3 years of age (teeth may be checked), have passport, be microchipped and have vaccinations up to date.
Ponies will be cleared by the track veterinarian and measured by the stewards.
🐎 Before racing season each pony will have to be qualified, handicapped and be approved by the stewards as safe to go.

🐎 Junior Drivers will have their own Pony Trot membership and insurance (more info to follow soon)

🐎 Children aged 7-15
Drivers will have to pass their driving exam before entering into races. Each young driver will have to prove their ability to drive a pony independently.
If exam is not passed, they will be racing in the NOVICE race with backup driver until ready to drive on their own in the INTERMEDIATE & ADVANCED races.

🐎 The Tiny Hooves – children aged 4 to 6 years, ponies max height 10.2hh (max one race per race meeting) only allowed with backup drivers.

Helmet, body protector, registered racing silks (or at least registered colour of the jacket), short leather boots and driving glasses and long pants. strictly no runners.

The Tiny Hooves distance 400m
Novice to Advanced – 1000m
Max trailing 400m

Stay tuned for the Racing calendar and training programme!

Trotteur Français February sale

The Irish Harness Racing Association will be holding a sale for Trotter Francais Race Horses in late February 2020. Although the intention was not to hold a sale early 2020 this has now been revisited due to high interest been shown by owners.
We will be looking to bring 15 horses home, this will be on a first come first served option. An email will need to be sent to or call +353 1531 03 65 Monday-Friday between 9.30 to 12.30 confirming your intention to purchase.
Cost €3,800 which includes 
Horse Purchase
Sale Cost
Stakes 2020 
Horse Transportation 
We advise interested parties to make contact as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
A deposit of €500 to be paid by December 18th and balance to be paid by February 20th 2020.

IHRA National & Regional Awards 2019

IHRA National Awards 2019:

Driver of the Year: J. Richardson (40); B. Roche (33)
Apprentice of the Year: J. Cowden (13); F. Kavanagh (12)
Apprentice of the Year:  Oisin Quill – Winner of the  IHRA Apprentice Trot Series
Trainer of the Year: W. Flanagan (58); B. Roche (36)
Owner of the Year: Meadowbranch (39); IB Stables (19)
Pacer of the Year (M): Kiki Girl (4/5); Supreme Sunshine (3/2)
Trotter of the Year (C&G): Silvano Bello (8); Besame Mucho (7)
Pacer of the Year (C&G): IB A Magician (7); Benny Camden & Panam Colt (5)
Trotter of the Year (M): Vallanzana (5/5); Star De Fruitier & Belle De Bonneval (4)
5YO Trotter of the Year: Empereur Souverain (6); Etoile Quick (3)

Cork Regional Awards:

Trainer of the Year: T. Murphy (10); J. Shanahan (8); F. Quill (4)
Owner of the Year: IB Stables (6/2); J. Shanahan (6/0); P Hill (4)
Driver of the Year: T. O Leary (9); D. Murphy (8); O. Quill (5)
Trotter of the Year: Vallanzana (3/2); Silvano Bello (3/0);
Pacer of the Year: Rhyds Destiny (5); Supreme Sunshine & IB A Magician (3)

Annaghmore Raceway Awards:

Trainer of the Year: W. Flanagan (13); S. Kane (8); B. Roche (5)
Owner of the Year: Meadowbranch (9); Moorside & M. Loughran (5)
Driver of the Year: S. Kane (8/7); J. Richardson (8/5), B. Roche (5)
Trotter of the Year: Soprano Gede (3/2); Star De Fruitier (3/0); Cool (2)
Pacer of the Year: Rhyds Boots (3/0/0/1); IB A Magician (3/0/0/0/0)

Portmarnock Raceway Awards:

Trainer of the Year: W. Flanagan (42); B. Roche (28)
Sml. Trainer of the Year: D. McAteer (7); D. O’Reilly (5)
Owner of the Year: Meadowbranch (27); IB Stables (12)
Sml. Owner of the Year: Whitehall Stables (6); D. O’Reilly (5)
Driver of the Year: J. Richardson (29); B. Roche (25)
Lady Driver of the Year: E. Flanagan (2/2); E. Kane (2/1)
2YO Colt: Lord Sugar (1/2); Meadowbranch Rio (1/1)
2YO Filly: Allbetsareoff (2/1); Rainbow Writer (2/0/3)
3YO Colt: Jaybee (2/0)
3YO Filly: Oakwood Starcam (1/0/0/1); Rocknroll Royalty (1/0/0/0/1)
Trotter of the Year (C&G): Besame Mucho (6); Silvano Bello (5)
Trotter of the Year: (M): Belle De Bonneval (4); Diva Des Charmes & Beach De Bellouet (3)
Pacer of the Year (C&G): Panam Colt (5); Gentleman Jim II (3/2); Porterstown Courage (3)
Pacer of the Year (M): Kiki Girl (3) ; Amy Camden (2/1)

Irish Succeed in Argentan

The annual  friendship challenge  organised by the International Department of LeTrot at the Hippodrome d’Argentan in  French Normandy, has  finished  with the win and a good set of placings.

In professional race Sean Kane, steered his first winner in France.  Prior this race meeting Sean had four 2nd  places  and one fifth on  his LeTrot  record.

Apprentice race turned out to be  even more competitive  with   Irish braving the front and challenging french opponents all the way around and  beaten  by  french driver Quentin Michel  on the line.
Irish  apprentices still took  great positions:
2nd Oisin Quilll
3rd Freddy Kavanagh
4th Aidan Caffrey
5th Jonathan Cowden

Next date with the French team will take place at Portmarnock Raceway in 2020


Silvano Bello awarded!

A very special moment for very special horse!
Silvano Bello, was crowned best Trotteur Français in Ireland in 2019, during beautiful awards ceremony organised by International Department of LeTrot in Mons, Belgium.

Silvano Bello is a 13 years old chestnut beauty, that gives his best to brothers Donal and Tadgh Murphy of West Cork.
Silvano won 8 races this season and over €50,000 in his five racing seasons in Ireland.

Tadgh and Christine Murphy received an award and celebrated along with other Trotteur Français owners from all over the world.
Tadgh revealed that Silvano will be trained for 2020, but will only continue racing if the horse will stay competitive.

A very well deserved award!
Congratulation to the Murphy Family and best of luck in 2020!

IHRA and Regional Awards 2019

Come and celebrate  best of  2019  racing season in  Ireland! 

Awards  Night will take place 
On 29th of  November in Kettles Country House, Swords 7pm

The following  list of awards will be presented on the night:

National IHRA Award
Driver of the Year
Owner of the Year
Trainer of the Year
Mare of the Year Pacer
Mare of the Year Trotter
Horse of the Year Pacer
Horse of the Year Trotter
5YO Trotter of the Year
Apprentice of the Year
Regional Award Portmarnock Raceway
3YO of the Year
2YO of the Year
Pacer of the Year
Trotter of the Year
Mare of the Year
Horse of the Year
Driver of the Year
Lady Driver of the Year
Owner of the Year
Owner (5 or less horses) of the Year
Trainer of the Year
Trainer (<5 or less horses) of the Year 
The Tiny Hooves  Pony Series (all  participants)
Regional Award Annaghmore & Cork

It’s been incredible season of racing!   Celebrate  it  in  style! 

Tickets on sale  now! 
Adults € 60
Kids under 16 €30
call  Mary to  reserve 0851318926


Entries 10th Nov

Entries Portmarnock 10.11.19

Oisin Quill wins The 2019 IHRA Apprentice Championship

The 2019 Apprentice Championship took place at  Portmarnock Raceway, consisted of 7 heats and based on points system. 
Oisin Quill  with 45  points wins the championship and will be the Irish nominee for the 2020 UET  Championship  for Apprentices

Oisin will also be crowned IHRA Apprentice of the Year 

We would like to thank all apprentices for participation in the series!
Many thanks trainers and horse owners for giving this opportunity to the young drivers.

Well done everyone and  congratulations  Oisin! 

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