On the weekend of the 3rd and 4th of April this year, West Connemara, believe it or not, had the driest weather in the country; this rare phenomenon was much appreciated by both participants and viewers who were involved in this annual Connemara Pony Breeders Spring event. On Friday 1 April, Mullingar Equestrian Centre hosted the Spring Colt inspections and from a catalogue number of 29 young colts, 7, mainly 3 yr. olds were promoted to Class 1 by Society inspectors. On Saturday for the first time, three show-jumping competitions were held at the Clifden Showgrounds, and about 61 rounds of the course in the main ring were jumped in the Mini, Midi and Maxi categories. Sunday, Stallion Parade day, was an exhibition of impressive stallions from around the country, shampooed, groomed and coiffed to perfection by their owners in their annual bid to attract prospective Connemara pony mare owners. The gathering included visitors from abroad also, and friends from England and France, and although South Korea has recently entered the buyers’ market for this attractive animal, I don’t think any have yet ventured to Ireland for this Clifden showcase. In the Gallery, It would have been great to have pictures of all the stallions but we have here just a sample. If you have a photo of your stallion you would like to see on this Blog, please send it to me for inclusion. I have put the newer young stallions first and the ages of all stallions are given. There are some unknowns to Niamh’s Weblog among them, as they entered the Ring in random number order and keeping tabs was not easy, so please feel free to correct any errors I may have made, and there are some, I am sure. Please Comment, and I will rectify the mistake without delay. It was good to be back too!!