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Hello and Welcome to Niamh’s Weblog.
I have really enjoyed doing Niamh’s Weblog over the past 10 years or so but I am now planning to call it a day. The build-up of reports and pictures  now amount, I think, to a valuable record which I would like kept intact on the Internet, for others to enjoy, but I am seriously looking for another fan to take it on from here.
If interested talk to niamhodoc@eircom.net

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Western Area IPS Show Claremorris 2019


The recent Irish Pony Society Show held by the Western Area committee was a really successful and well-organised event. The four judging rings were laid out in the vast sanded area of Claremorris Equestrian Centre and the weather was just right for the occasion. There were Classes for all ages and types of ponies from Starters to Intermediates and younger children especially were well catered for and there was no shortage of rosettes and sashes presented. Running sixty-six Classes and finishing by 5 o’clock was indeed a class-act itself by any standards .

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Finally at day’s end there were eight Champions  lined up, all with a chance to take home the Supreme Championship of the Show.  Five Judges assessed the top ponies of the day and in consultation they selected the Show Hunter Champion, Carr Side Kate with rider Sadbh O’Connor as their Supreme Champion of the Show. Lelia Oakman with It’s Miller Time, took home the Reserve Supreme Sash.  Please  hover over page for Caption.
(writer is learning how to operate the new unimproved wordpress blog system. Niamh.)

Spring Festival 2019 Connemara Pony Stallion Parade


Dear Reader;  A rather crucial problem has come up as regards posting pictures on Niamh’s Weblog. The disappearance of actual photos from this post on the Stallion Parade ’19, which has even spread like a virus to some previous posts, is the big problem.  I have redone most of the Stallion Parade slide-show with some different photos but unfortunately haven’t found others, including the ridden pics.

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Connemara Stallion Parade Spring Festival 2019

Connemara Pony Poster by Phil Mac Dermott 1983.


Mare and foal from 1983 Poster. Can you identify?

Re. Picture 32 on 1983 Poster
Many of you who have looked up pictures on Niamhs Weblog may have come across information on a Poster commissioned by CPBS Secretary in 1983 , to commemorate 60 years of the Connemara Pony Breeders Society’s existence. You may even have a copy of this black and white poster of 34 years ago. If not you will see it on display in the Clifden Museum, thanks to author Pat Lyne who had the poster reprinted some years later. Like me you will have wished for captions to be added, identifying the ponies and people involved before everyone forgets. You will see in the left side of my Blog if you scroll down a Post entitled “Photos, captions 1983 Poster”  Noted writer and Connemara Pony breeder Lib Petch has done a great job in identifying pictures and I too have got help from many people in Ireland and further afield so that most pictures can now have a caption.  A new Poster is therefore in order.  As Pic. 32 has not yet been identified, it would complete the picture if anyone knows anything about this photo of a lovely mare and her foal. I look forward to hearing from you. Please comment. Niamh

Oughterard Show Pony Champs.’17


Champion Murvey Rocco, Jack and Bernard Keaney with Sponsor John Sweeney
Reserve Champ. Castle Cloe, Michael O’Toole
1 Pony Judges, Jane Somerville, Louis M.Philibert
 Pony Judges, Jane Somerville, Louis M.Philibert

Oughterard Show, the last of the August Agricultural Shows in the Galway area, hit on a fine weather Sunday for their return as a fully fledged Agricultural Show this year after a one year lapse. Sheep, Cows, Dogs, Horses and Ponies and a well organised Home Produce display in the Community Hall, all made for a good old fashioned Show with interest and entertainment for all.There was not a whisper of rain all day from their early morning start at 8.30 to an early Horse and Pony Rings finish by 5pm and the ground stayed pristine all day, with the help of lots of sunshine. At the final curtain call, Judges Jane Somerville and French Connemara Pony breeder, Louis Marie Philibert had a very high quality of prizewinning ponies lined up in the Championship Class. Two progeny of Glencarrig Knight (Janus and Coosheen Breeze) emerged as the Judges’s favourites. Their choice of Champion was the Stallion Class winner, Jack Keaney’s 5 year old Murvey Rocco (Glencarrig Knight X Murvey Rita), led by Bernard Keaney. Their Reserve was Henry O’ Toole’s Castle Cloe (Glencarrig Knight X Castle Gypsy), an attractive young mare handled by Henry’s son Michael; earlier they  had been awarded the Red Rosette in the 4 year old Mare Class.   Niamh’s Weblog.