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

MGA Ireland COVID activities within Living with Covid Government Framework(Oct 2020)

Level 1Level 2Level 3Level 4Level 5
1 Level of Activities PermittedArea & MationalArea & NationalCounty OnlyCounty OnlyNone
1.1 Competitions (Events)Permitted – protective measures in placePermitted -with protective measures in place behind closed doorsNoneNoneNone
1.2 Training Sessions (Outdoors only)Training sessions can take place with protective measuresTraining restricted to pods of 15 with protective measures Restricted to Non-Contact (Individuals only, or pairs etc within the same household units). Pods of 15 including arena party. 1 rider- 1 Groom/Arena party per rider from within household unit. Restricted to Non-Contact (Individuals only, or pairs etc within the same household units). Pods of 15 including arena party. 1 rider- 1 Groom/Arena party per rider from within household unit. None
1.3 Attendance (Riders/Grooms/Arena Party)Max 200Max 200Pods of 15. All with Face MasksPods of 15. All with Face MasksNone
1.4 SpectatorsYesNoneNoneNoneNone

Autumn League 2020

Proposed Autumn league dates….Subject to government guidelines.

  • Sun 25th Oct, Punchestown
  • Sun 1st November, Punchestown
  • Sun 8th November, Punchestown
  • Sun 15th November, Abbottsown
  • Sun 22nd November, Abbottsown
  • Sun 29th November, Punchestown
  • Sun 6th December Abbottsown
  • Sun 13th December Punchestown

Format of league to follow. Please note that the running of any of these dates is subject to Government Covid 19 guidelines. As long as all counties in Ireland remain at level 3, it will NOT be possible to run the league on the dates above. Presently, all counties in Ireland are at Level 5 until Dec 2nd. It is unknown at this stage what is the proposed Covid level post December 2nd.

Irish Teams Championships 2020

Important Update re Irish Teams Championships: Following a meeting of the committee Aug 25th, we are now swapping the Irish Masters Pairs competition into 5/6 September and the Irish Team Championships out to 19/20 September. This is because Kildare are in an extended lock down and would not be allowed play on the weekend of the 5/6 Sept. Venues TBC. We are also adding a new pairs competition on Sunday 30 August in Cork at the Showgrounds (some people will already be there for Pony Club on Saturday).

Irish Team Championships 2020

Following a committee meeting Aug 12th, where the imposition of local Covid restrictions in Laois, Kildare and Offaly last Friday which were originally due to expire on midnight Friday Aug 21st but then extended to expire on midnight Sunday August 23rd were reviewed, we have concluded that we have no option but to defer the Irish Team Championships until September 5th/6th still in Co Louth. Approximately 25% of our riders are from the restricted counties, so running the Irish Teams champs which is one of our showpiece competitions without these counties is a non-runner. Any entries already made will be transferred to the new date. Refunds will be made if the new dates are not suitable for any riders already entered. For the rest of the country we are running a pairs competition in Co Meath on Aug 23rd . We are delighted to announce that we are also running an Irish Masters competition for Pairs weekend of Sept 19th/20th , Venue(tbc) using the format seen previously at the Kildare Masters (pairs competition but some races are Individuals).And lastly, NI are running the Celtic Pairs competition Sept 26th/27th and a Teams competition (NI End of Season) on Oct 3rd/4th. Stay Safe everyone!

Games Restart Schedule

Dear members,
Now that travel restrictions are lifted from June 29th, we are able to launch a programme of events, that all members can attend. We have successfully rolled out new Covid 19 protocols for running games competitions which have been used in local practice sessions in both the South East and North East areas. I would urge everyone to familiarise themselves with these protocols.

Initially our focus will be on individual competitions, then pairs and finally teams. I’m delighted to announce that we will be running separate Irish Individual, Pairs and Teams championships during July and August as well as regional events by area. Key dates are
Ø Irish Individuals Championship – 2 day – Stradbally – July 25th/26th
Ø Irish Pairs Championship – 2 Day Venue TBC Aug 1st/2nd
Ø Irish Teams Championship – 2 Day – August 22nd/23rd

In addition, we have a series of 1 day friendly competitions as follows;
Ø July 4th – U12/U14 Individuals – Tipperary – D Blackwell
Ø July 4th – U17/Opens Individuals – Meath – Weldons
Ø July 11th – All Ages Individuals – Stradbally
Ø Aug 8th/9th – All Ages Individuals – Abbotstown

As well as national competitions, local areas are also organising local events.
Further dates will be added for September once we get visibility of MGA NI plans

Its good to be back and looking forward to seeing you all soon!

Covid 19 Update – June 17th

Just to update everyone. The SE area trialed our return to play protocols on Sunday last. The committee met tonight and agreed some minor modifications to the protocols that will be updated this week. We are now looking at commencing national competitions once movement outside our county / 20KM limits are lifted. So we are looking at making a schedule to at least accommodate individuals and possibly pairs competitions in July (dependent on getting suitable venues). I hope that everyone continues to stay well. Regards, Mark