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The Tiny Hooves update

The Tiny Hooves pony series  remaining dates are :
27th of October
3rd of November
10th of November

There’s now page dedicated to Pony Racing.
Rules updated!

Argentan 2019

The Annual French v Irish driving Challenge will take place on 17th of November at Hippodrome De Argentan in Normandy.
@LeTrotDépartement International invited 8 Professional and 8 apprentice drivers to participate in the Event.
Following drivers will represent Ireland in this challenge
Simon Duggan
Darren Timlin
Seamus Quill
Bernard Nicholson
Sean Kane
Mark Kane
Patrick Kane Jnr
Alan Richardson
Freddy Kavanagh
Daniel Mc Ateer
Jonathan Cowden
Erin Flanagan
Aidan Caffrey
Oisin Quill
Calvin Broughan
Michael O Donovan

Best of luck to all! 🇮🇪 🇮🇪 🇮🇪 🇮🇪 🇮🇪 🇮🇪

Trotteur Francais Champions 2019

International Meeting dedicated to the “Trotteur Français” this year and for the first time will be in held in the racecourse in Mons in Belgium on 16th November 2019.

We congratulate connections of Silvano Bello (8 wins this season), who will receive an award at the ceremony for Best 2019 “Trotteur Français” in Ireland

On the same evening Billy Roche will represent Ireland in
“Prix des Rencontres Internationales”
This season Billy, with his team of trotters earned 502 points, leaving Sean Kane in 2nd position with 446 pts and Donal Murphy with 336 points in third place of leaderboard.
Best of luck and have fun in Belgium!
silvano bello

The Barney Gilligan Memorial

🎉🎉 The Barney Gilligan Memorial 2019 🎉🎉
Heats & Finals for Pacers and Trotters F to B
Added €500 to the finals.
High grade FFA pace and trot Sponsored by M50 Skip Hire & Recycling

Entries Portmarnock Raceway 20th of October

Entries 20.10.19 Portmarnock


Today we were invited to participate in FINGLAS HORSE AWARE WEEK OPEN DAY organised by DSPCA
Horse Aware Week is an educational week which is a joint project of the Dublin Region Horse Welfare Working Group – Education Task Group.
The Open Day will included speakers from Army Equitation School, RACE Academy,Pavee Point, Irish Harness Racing Association & Irish School of Farriery and Garda Mounted Unit
The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Councillor Paul McAuliffe attended the event & gave his support to the day.
It was great to see so many young people attend & wanting to learn more about training options & careers in the equine industry.

VDM 2020

The Vincent Delaney Memorial committee in conjunction with the Irish Harness Racing Association has confirmed that the 2020 VDM weekend will be held on August 15-16th at Portmarnock Raceway, Dublin, Ireland. 

Fresh off the record-breaking success of the 2019 festival, the committee along with the IHRA have exciting plans in place for the 2020 event with the most notable being purse increases in the VDM Finals with the winners of the 2-year-old fillies and colts guaranteed €15,000, with no increase in nomination fees. 
“This is all possible because of our committed American sponsors, Diamond Creek Farm and Hanover Shoe Farms,” said VDM spokesperson Derek Delaney, “This group has shown year after year their commitment to Irish racing and we are extremely lucky to have them on board as our partners.” 
for more info about  the event visit

The Tiny Hooves 13th of October

There are few simple rules that currently apply to the races:  

  • Rule number one:  TROT!
  • Rule number two:  TROT slowly if can’t trot  fast. 
  • Rule  number three:TROT and don’t give up!

We are looking for volunteers for paddock and track on the day to help with declarations, get ponies  ready  on time for  their races, check numbers as per card, starting on their handicap marks and trotting to the finish. 

Call   0861922762 for more info

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