Performance Training Day 11 May ’14


Training and Judges Assessment Day

Tony Ennis and pupils
Tony Ennis and pupils

 

The weather was in a somewhat cranky mood on Sunday last when the Connemara Pony and Rider Training Day was held at The Parks in Moycullen.  Between a few mild dry patches, the heavy rain- showers bucketed down. This was no deterrent to the enthusiasts who turned up with ponies and their riders to learn the ropes of working Hunter and Riding Classes under the excellent tutelage of Denise Norton and Tony Ennis, both knowledgeable and experienced past-masters in all Equestrian skills.  

Harnells Melody Maker, Ciara Dennigan,Trainer Denise Norton
Harnells Melody Maker, Ciara Dennigan,Trainer Denise Norton

Breeder and Judge Ciaran Curran was on hand to advise on the conformation of the Connemara pony while experienced IPS Judge and course-builder Pascal Crawford was there to pass on knowledge of Working Hunter courses and what judges hope to see in each performance. The format involved Flatwork tuition which was given by Denise Norton for pre-novice, novice and open Riding ponies and was held in a marked- out green -field site near the sand arena.

Milly Fairyhill Girl, 6 yr. old with Sean O'Neill
Milly Fairyhill Girl, 6 yr. old with Sean O’Neill

Jumping was mainly in the sand arena under the instruction of Tony Ennis with different height categories according to a pony’s age and experience.

 Prospect Harry 4yr. old with Emer McNamara
Prospect Harry 4yr. old with Emer McNamara

The youngest pony there, and on his first day out ever, belongs to Emer McNamara  who was on release for the day from the Breeders Society Office to ride out her 4 year old Prospect Harry for his very first public outing,   while Sean O’Neill from East Galway was very pleased with the performance of his 6 year old mare Milly Fairyhill Girl. Liam Diamond, a great supporter of the young performance pony, had brought along 5 ponies to The Parks for the day.     These were ridden and jumped by Liam’s

Archie with Claudia Vallverdu, Barcelona
Archie with Claudia Vallverdu, Barcelona

daughter Talitha and Spanish visitor Claudia Vallverdu.

Tony Ennis makes a point
Tony Ennis makes a point

Tony Ennis makes a point of including  a list of 6 useful features for pupils to aim for, into his teaching session.  these are

1. Control, 2. Rythym, 3. Balance, 4. Impulsion, 5. Harmony, and 6. Suppleness.

Cavalier Charley with Laoise Brennan
Cavalier Charley with Laoise Brennan

The Connemara Society had decided to hold a Judge’s Assessment to run in tandem with the Training Day and 22 aspiring Judges had travelled from various parts of the country to try their hand at judging and marking Working Hunter and Ridden Connemara ponies in competition.  They were assessed by Mairead Ryan. As well as the Practical they were obliged to submit to an Oral on the topic also.  Pic. courtesy of Carol O’Connor.Good luck to all of them.  Judges Assessment. pic. Courtesy Carol O'Connor  All other photos © Niamh’s Weblog.

4 thoughts on “Performance Training Day 11 May ’14

  1. Hi Niamh,
    lovely write up about yesterday. It was a very practical and helpful day, that will have set people on the right training agenda for the coming season. Great to see you, looking forward to seeing you at the shows. Ann

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  2. Hi niamh’s, i’m claudia your neighbor,thank you for this fantastic and absolutely amazing photos. i like a lot your website is a lovely place to see the new news about connemara ponies. i think you do a great job with this webbolg, i now have a place to visit and learn more about connemara. so, i hope to see you in our next competition next sunday! you done me feel important and valuable in your website. thanks to people like you, make the world more beautiful and enjoyable. thanks million. carefully: claudia.

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