Pony Spring Tour dates

THE Equijump LTD Pony Spring Tour will commence on March 3rd at Ard Chuain Equestrian, Co Sligo. The tour will take in eight rounds along with a final which will take place in Maryville on April 3rd. A list of venues and dates are available on www.sji.ie

A spokesperson for the SJI Pony Committee said: “It has been a tough few years for pony riders and we are delighted that we can start this tour as normal in 2022. We are thrilled to have the support of Equijump Ltd as it is with their support that we can run these leagues and help foster the talent of our younger riders who go on to great things. We look forward to a very competitive tour.”

Entries for Cavan

Equestrian Sale

LAST entries are now being taken for Cavan Equestrian Centre’s first sale of the year on Wednesday, February 2nd. Cavan’s Performance Horse and Pony Sale caters for horses and ponies (three-year-olds and upwards), show jumpers, hunters and eventers. Enter online at www.cavanequestrian.com or call 049 4332017.

Connemara Pony Sales next month

THE first Connemara Pony Sales of 2022 will take place over two days on February 12th and 13th next. Entries are open until Friday, January 21st. Sellers can enter online or download an entry form from www.connemaraponysales.com. For more information contact +3539521861/+353872485422 or email info@connemaraponysales.com.

Bordeaux cancelled

THE five-star Jumping International de Bordeaux has been cancelled due to ongoing pandemic restrictions in France. The show was scheduled to take place from February 3rd to 6th and was due to host a leg of the Longines FEI World Cup Western European League. The cancellation means just one leg of the season remain in Gothenburg before the final, due to be held in Leipzig in April.

Equine census final

reminder for keepers

A FINAL reminder that the extended closing date for the submission of Equine Census forms to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine is Monday, January 17th.

Forms can be submitted by post or preferably online to DAFM. This is the first Equine Census undertaken in the State and applies to all keepers of horses, ponies, donkeys, mules and asses.

Stolen horses alert

TWO horses were stolen from a field in Ballygar, Co Galway, last month. One was a 10-year-old liver chesnut Connemara mare with grey around her eyes. The other horse was a nine-year-old dark brown thoroughbred mare with a star on her forehead. Anyone with information is asked to contact the owner in confidence on 087-7031441.

Stolen equipment

THE public has been asked by the owner of stolen equipment, valued at €8,000, to be on the alert for it. The theft took place around 8-9pm on Sunday, January 2nd of a Ritchie sheep handling unit of gates, dividers, footbathers, race and pens as well as a Nugent (8ft x 4ft) trailer with mesh sides and tailboard which was spotted being towed by a light blue SWB transit van in the Crossmolina/Killala area.

Also taken was a Ritchie electronic weighing scales, a Stihl RC 162 power washer and a selection of fencing items.

If you saw any suspicious activity or have any information, please contact the Gardaí at Ballina Garda Station on (096) 20560, or any Garda station.