World Pairs Championships(WPC) 2022

MGA Ireland are delighted to announce that we have secured Green Glens Millstreet as the venue for this year’s Worlds Pairs Championships (WPC 2022.  This venue has previously hosted both World Teams 2016 and the Europeans in 2019 and we know is very popular with both riders and supporters. Unlimited entries for WPC 2022 are now open and will remain open until 30th April.  After that, any spaces left will be on a first come first serve basis. Full event details on including travel details to get to Millstreet as well a guide re pony travel documentation requirements which is of particular relevance to our GB friends.

We look forward to re-welcoming our MGA friends from all over the World, enjoying great games and experiencing the best of Irish hospitality.!

Inaugural MGA Celtic League 2022

Inaugural MGA Celtic League 2022

MGA Scotland – MGA Northern Ireland – MGA Ireland

MGA Scotland, MGA Northern Ireland and MGA Ireland are excited to announce a new Celtic league for “club / county” teams in their regions.

Dates and Venues

  • Saturday 23 April/Sunday 24 April 2022. Host: MGA Scotland Venue: Little Turnberry, Maidens, KA26 9NQ, Scotland
  • Saturday 10 September/Sunday 11 September 2022. Host: MGANI. Venue: 3 Printshop Road, Templepatrick, BT39 0HZ, NI (Kindly hosted by Brian Kennedy),
  • *Saturday 1 October/Sunday 2nd October 2022. Host: MGA Ireland. Grand Finale. Venue: Charleville House, Charleville, Dunleer, Co.Louth, A92 E3FA, Ireland (Hosted by Andrew and Evanna Kieran)

* If poor weather MGAI will run this event in Silverwood!

Teams league for all ages U12, U15, U18 and Opens

Run across 3 dates, one in each area / country.

Teams from Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland (enter under the name of a county / area). Eligibility of riders is open to all within their respective age group and can cross regions (Riders from outside the Celtic league countries are welcome to join teams).

MGA Ireland members need to become temporary members of MGAGB for the NI and Scotland competitions; MGANI and MGA Scotland members need to become temporary members of MGA Ireland for the Irish competition (£5 and €5 respectively for the weekend). This is to ensure you are insured at the events.  Non-members are welcome to compete and pay temporary membership fees as a “come and try it event”.

Teams must contain at least 2 of the 5 original riders in each subsequent competition leg. Teams may be 4 or 5 riders.

League Scores. If up to 10 teams in an age group then scores will be from 10 down, if 10 – 20 teams within an age group then scores will be from 20 down.  Dropping 1 point for each place, non-CL team placings will be ignored in league point rankings. All 3 events contribute league points.

Entry fees: Scotland and Northern Ireland £250 per team of 5 with £50 to go to the pooled prize fund pot (£200 per team of 4 with £50 to prize pot).  Entry fees: Ireland €300 per team of 5 with €60 to go to the pooled prize fund pot (€240 per team of 4 with €60 to the prize pot).  Prizes to be put towards rugs etc and decent rosettes / sashes at the discretion of the organisers depending on entry levels. 

Entries and fees are via Itsplainsailing to the respective organising region and will close strictly 1 week before the event.

Competition rules will be as per IMGA 2022 rule book.  IMGA Alcohol breathalyser policy will be adopted for U18s and Opens.  Breathalyser for U12 and U15 will only be where there is suspicion of consumption and will be at the discretion of the Chief Referee.

Appropriate social activities will be run at each event!

MGAI 2022 Update

2022 Membership

The 2022 memberships are now due and membership is opened on Its plain sailing:

MGAI Code of Conduct and policies

The various codes of conduct and policies of MGAI have been updated and consolidated into a single document that we ask our members to read and agree to abide by when joining in 2022.  This document is available at:

2022 Schedule

An update to our 2022 Schedule is contained on the MGAI Website

The major competitions for the MGAI calendar are:

Sat 21st and Sun 22nd May 2022MGAI Irish Masters
Sat 9 and Sun 10 July 2022MGAI Irish Team Championships
Sat 13 and Sun 14 Aug 2022MGAI Individuals Championships
Sat 17 and Sun 18 Sept 2022MGAI Pairs Championships

Of course we are also hosting the IMGA World Pairs Championships from 28 – 30 July 2022. Help will be needed from all our members to run this IMGA event.

Celtic League

MGA Ireland – MGANI – MGA Scotland are well advanced in planning a teams Celtic League for 2022.  It will run over 3 weekends (currently planned are 23-24 April in Scotland; 9-10 July in Ireland and 1-2 October in Northern Ireland).  Teams will score over the 3 events and this will be a great way to enhance team competitions in each country.  Further details will be finalised over the next couple of weeks.

IMGA Rules

There are a number of important updates to the IMGA rule book, the most significant of which is the introduction of yellow and red cards.  Please familarise yourself with the updated rules at: .  Hard copies of the rule book can be purchased from either MGAI (limited copies will be in stock – order on Itsplainsailing) or directly from IMGA at the link above. Alternatively the PDF rule book may be downloaded from the IMGA website.  MGAI runs all its competitions under the IMGA rule book.

Spring league

Spring league will be commencing on this Saturday 5 February in Cork Show Grounds and this Sunday 6 February in Punchestown.  It will run as a minimum of 10 events over 7 weeks, where  6 events will count and scores will be simply on number of pairs in your heat down to 1 regardless of which venue you are competing in.  There will be a finals day on Sunday 27 March in Punchestown.

Mark Crowe,

Chairman MGAI

Spring League 2022 Dates

Feb 2022

  • Saturday 5th February Week 1 Spring League Cork Showgrounds
  • Sunday 6th February Week 1 Spring League Punchestown
  • Saturday 12th February Week 2 Spring League Cork Showgrounds
  • Sunday 20th February Week 3 Spring League Punchestown
  • Sunday 27th February Week 4 Spring League Punchestown

Mar 2022

  • Sunday 6th March Week 5 Spring League Punchestown
  • Saturday 12th March Week 6 Spring League Cork Showgrounds
  • Sunday 13th March Week 6 Spring League Punchestown
  • Saturday 19th March Week 7 Spring League Cork Showgrounds
  • Sunday 20th March Week 7 Spring League Punchestown
  • Sunday 27th March Week 8 Spring League Punchestown(Finals)

Autumn League 2021

  • Sun 31st Oct. Abbotstown & Cork Showgrounds
  • Sat 6th Nov Cork Showgrounds
  • Sun 7th Nov Punchestown
  • Sat 13th Nov Cork Showgrounds
  • Sun 14th Nov Abbotstown
  • Sun 21st Nov Punchestown
  • Sat 27th Nov Cork Showgrounds
  • Sun 28th Nov Punchestown
  • SAT 4th Dec Punchestown
  • Sun 12th Dec Punchestown
  • Sun 19th Dec Punchestown

Entries on itsplainsailing as individuals with draws to create pairs. Format: u12/u15 and u18/open. Morning counts as league, afternoon, fun pick your own pair!.

Irish Masters 2021

When: August 28th/29th…

Where: Bunclody Polo Club

Pairs format • 3 Sessions and a final. • Sessions 1, 2 & 3 will consist of 9 races. Split into 6 pairs races and 3 individuals • Finals will consist of 12 races. 8 pairs races and 4 individual races. • Each pair will nominate which member will be the Individual rider representing their pair in each session, each rider must do the individual races in 2 sessions and must declare which rider will compete before each session. • There will be a joker race (double points) for the final

Entries now Open!

3 week Pairs League

Now that all games activities can resume, delighted to announce a 3 Week Pairs League: U12, U15, U18, Opens

Week 1 June 13th- Stradbally

Week 2 June 20th – Ballypatrick, Clonmel

Week 3 June 27th – Bunclody tbc

Rules: Best scores from two of the three events will determine overall league winners

Pairs can mix and match riders over different weeks.

Entries via

Training/Participation Initiative

As part of a funded initiative by Horse Sport Ireland(HSI), MGAI are delighted to announce a number of funded training initiatives both at local area level and National level to both enhance skills of existing members which have become dormant due to a long Covid enforced layoff as well as attracting new members. The objective of these funded initiatives are as follows;

• Drive increased participation

• Create a positive environment for growing participation

• Create more effective marketing campaigns for increasing participation

Local Area Training: Instructor led training on a 1-1 or pairs basis. Charge out at €15 per rider. If members bring a new non-MGA rider for a session then the member will pay just €10 (non-member means not a member in 2020). It is planned to have a number of sessions per area.

• South East Area: Bunclody Co. Wexford (Dates TBC)

• North East Area: Evenings of Tuesday 25 / Wednesday 26 May (with Aido Hanlon) Tankardstown Gallops, Co. Meath

• North East Area: Evenings of Tuesday 1 / Wednesday 2 June (with Aido Hanlon) Tankardstown Gallops, Co. Meath

• South Area: Cork Dates TBC• Midlands: Dates TBC

Further dates with other trainers will be posted as required based on demand.

National Training: Instructor led training generally in groups of 3 or 4. Charge out at €15 per rider. If members bring a new non MGA rider for session then the member will pay just €10 (non-member means not a member in 2020).

• Saturday 29 May / Sunday 30 May (with Colin Carson) Tankardstown Gallops, Co. Meath

• Saturday 5 June / Sunday 6 June / Monday 7 (with Colin Carson) Stradbally Hall, Co. Laois

Funded training will initially be restricted to 2 sessions per rider

Expressions of interest for local training is through the local area reps: contact Deborah Nolan (085 1450010) for Midlands area; Marie Collins (087 6845671) for SE area; Emma Costello (087 1220963) NE area; Hilary O’Meara for Cork and SW (086 8200600).

For National training phone Mark Crowe (087 2856203) or Eilidh Hyland (087 7551246).

Resumption of MGAI Activities

March 28th 2021

We continue to be in a situation of uncertainty in regards to COVID restrictions. MGA Ireland will endeavor to run whatever training and events we are allowed through the 2021 season.

IMGA are also currently planning on going ahead with its programme of events, Europeans in Denmark (Teams all ages, and individuals U18s and opens). World Teams (U18 and opens) has moved to La Bonde in France. World individuals in Wales and World pairs in Newark, England. What is unclear are the regulations for traveling to these events and quarantine requirements going out and coming back. MGA Ireland will run trials for teams (probably in late May or early June) if it looks like we can get teams to these competitions.

Within Ireland, we are hoping that we will get up and running some time soon. When we get going our intention is to run local area training for 2 to 3 weeks. Then we will run individual competitions for about 2 weeks followed by a pairs league for 4 to 6 weeks. Depending on how the season then progresses we will slot in other competitions. Tentative dates for MGAI 2021 are contained on the enclosed list.

Our 4 major competitions for the season are penciled in as follows:

Sat 3 and Sun 4 July 2021 MGAI Individual Championships
Sat 24 and Sun 25 July 2021 MGAI Pairs Championships
Sat 28 and Sun 29 Aug 2021 MGAI Irish Masters
Sat 11 and Sun 12 Sept 2021 MGAI Irish Team Championships