View Moycullen ’16 Gallery In a Showing Season where rain and all-out drenchings were the norm the fourth Moycullen Pony Show was favoured with an absolutely dry day. Run by a local Moycullen committee who are lucky enough to use the spacious open fields and cross-country course, a mile from the village, known as The Parks. Entries were good in all the Connemara Pony classes, both in Ridden and Working Hunter Classes and also in the 8 In-Hand Classes and the spectators rolled in.
In-Hand Judges were pony breeders Silvaine Galligan and Christine Mares from France.
To quote one viewer’s impression, “Handlers dolled up to the nines, women, men, kids and tots; ties, waistcoats, caps, often worn with a tilt for effect, and at the centre of all the attention ponies, ponies, ponies, grey, dun, white, brown and you name it, all spic and span, best side out, and doing their utmost to behave. There was a grand crowd there, some glamorous and colourful and all of us handsome of course; all smiles and chatty, a day off from the normal pace of modern life”.
The Champion Pony of the Show was Jarlath Grogan’s 12yr old Mountain Heather by Laerkens Cascade Dawn and out of their own Mountain Lady, and shown by his daughter Joanne. The Reserve Champion Sash went to the 11 yr old Cornarone Sea Mist (Frederikesminde Hazy Match X Atlantic Colette) owned by Aloise Halpin and shown by her father Ray Halpin to win the Mare 7 – 11 yr. old Class.
The Junior Champion came from the 3yr. old Mare Class. This was Michael Sweeney’s Bunowen Grey Lass (Dunloughan Troy X Errismore Beauty). Twelve young high quality mares filled the 4 – 6 yr. old Class and the Judges choice was Flora Star (Glencarrig Prince X Silver Star V), owned by Gearóid Larkin.
Róisin Gannon carried home the Young Handlers prize, expertly showing Thomas and Fiona Grimes’ An Cheathrú Chaol Bláthnaid (Robe Earl X Lisheen Star). Young pony producer, Jack Keaney, an experienced Young Handler himself, professionally judged this Class. Stallions time.
The Open Stallion Class winner was a French bred 5yr. old stallion which now belongs to Paraic Folan, whose own pony-breeding goes back through four generations of this family. The stallion was well-shown by son Páid. Normandy’s Hubert Laurent, of Melody Ponies fame, was the breeder of Thorgal de l’Aubier (Paddy Melody d’Auxance X Ireland Blue Aubier) known as Tory. Jimmy Canavan, a Moycullen stallion master who stood Thorgal for two seasons, speaks enthusiastically of him as being one of the finest. This sparky young sire has 23 offspring on the ground and has been ridden and jumped.
Niamh’s weblog, which only caught a few of these Classes, due to tying to see some Ridden and Working Hunter competitions also, could not sign off here without a word on the ‘Sight for sore eyes Class’, which was cuteness personified as 9 little people, with a parent in tow, showed off their ponies before judge Jack Keaney. And they were all so good at the job, impossible to choose between them so they were all declared Red Rosette 1st prize winners all! (see them in the Gallery)
After Bartley O’Malley showed his stallion Robe Blue Thunder, he was awarded a well deserved memento by Show chairman Billy Connolly, for his promotion and showing of the Connemara pony for over 50 years. Bartley is pictured here with local Moycullen residents, famous artists Brian Bourke and Jay Murphy.
Over in the Ridden Ring, the competition was high-class. Lucky Rebel with Áine Geoghegan, topped a quality line up of twelve Riders over 16 on well-schooled ponies.
Judge Goda Faherty ran her two classes efficiently, recognising the difficulty for riders of the somewhat uneven ground. In the Class for riders under 16, Young Dean McGrath was awarded the Red Rosette with Hazelrock Colleen in the Riders under 16 Class.
The Hunter Trials and Working Hunter jump phase took place on the extensive Cross-country course. Again working Hunter classes were divided into an Under and Over 16 sections, with the ridden phase judged by Goda Faherty.
Winners in the younger Riders competition were Anna Corless jumping the bay Caherview Boy, Cillian Curran on Southeast Starlight who jumped to 1st place at the recent Mullingar Show W.H. and his sister Caoimhe Curran, 3rd with the dun Erne Valley Succellos who were second in the 1 metre Competition at Mullingar.
The Curran family from Letterfrack and their three children are all having a bumper season. It was in the Rider over 16 Working Hunter that older sister Caitriona took Red with the 8 yr. old gelding, Charlie of Blakehill, This pair, trained by dad Ron Curran, had come 2nd in the challenging Connemara Hunter Championship at the recent RDS Dublin Show.
Padraig Geoghegan riding the stallion Ashbrook Thunder, was in 2nd place
and Sam Lydon Glynn was in third place with his own rescue pony Andy Rua, which he himself had schooled and brought on. One can only say ‘well done’ to all these great young people and their ponies.
Champion Performance pony was Lucky Rebel with Aine Geoghegan and in Reserve, The Caherview Boy, with Anna Corless. More photos in Gallery. Moycullen ’16 Gallery
Photos © Niamh’s weblog