Clifden 2019

CLIFDEN  2019 Thursday 15 August.
Not so long ago the third Thursday in August – as many of you will remember –  was the one and only day of Clifden Connemara Pony Show; a great change has recently come about as the Pony Festival now flows on through three week-days, with both ridden, jumping and in-hand classes running right through each day. Working Hunter competitions now run on both Wednesday and Friday, busy with day-long classes. This means that you  really must stay in the area for a couple of days to absorb the full experience  and you will – as a Connemara Pony fan – see and admire many of the best Connemara ponies on our planet.!
This year Niamh’s Weblog was unable to comply with this suggestion and our visit was limited to just a few hours on the Thursday, spent viewing some of the younger-ponies and the ridden classes in Ring 2. and taking a few photos.  See  in Read More.
We were just in time to see the end of Class 4 when Grace Murphy received the red rosette with her attractive 2 yr. old filly Glencarrig Princess Ella by Glencarrig Knight. Class 5 for 3 yr. old’s was won by another Glencarrig mare, shown by Patrick Curran. This was Glencarrig Sea Breeze, also by Glencarrig Knight.
After Class 6, when the 3yr old stallion winner was Castle Marksman, again by Glencarrig Knight – shown by owner/breeder Peter O’Toole – you began to be amazed!  At this stage, the name Glencarrig Knight was announced so often that you began to expect that stallion to make a surprise guest appearance at anytime during proceedings!
Junior Champion; Castle Marksman.  Reserve; Glencarrig Princess Ella.
Special recognition was given to breeders and stallion custodians Jimmy Canavan and Jarlath Grogan for their commitment and development of the Connemara Pony. MEP Maria Walsh officially opened the Pony Show.
Class 8 for stallions 4yrs. and over, went to Noel Noonan’s Manor Duke by Currachmore Cashel, out of the prizewinning mare Banks Vanilla. He was shown in the ring by Joe Burke – breeder/owner of the great Currachmore Cashel. Manor Duke had recently taken the Midland Show Supreme championship.
In Class 9 for 4-5 yr. old mares, yet another Glencarrig Knight progeny received  the red ribbon; this was Katie Currans Glencarrig Princess Katie, shown by her breeder Gearóid Curran. Princess Katie had won the Junior championship in 2018 and this year she was later judged the Supreme Champion of the Show.
A photo of Class 10 shows Fiona Grimes standing top of the line with her Copperbeech Polly by Murlough Owen out of her own Carrowkeel Star. There she stayed ahead of Peter O’Toole’s Castle Chloe by,.. yes you’ve guessed it, Glencarrig Knight. Fiona and Tomás Grimes later won Class 14 for mares 16yrs and older, with Lishin Star, later to become Reserve Champion of the Show. The very well-filled mare classes – had entries of 25 and 21 in the 10 to 15 yr. old classes. Unfortunately and this blog was unable to stay for the last 4 mare Classes and the Supreme Championship; this was won by Glencarrig Princess Katie.
This report is only a small sample of parts of the Thursday Show, apologies for not getting many more photos of all the gorgeous ponies on display, and Ring 2 barely gets a look-in! Sorry.  To view entire pic. you need to click on pic.
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PP.S. on the website you will find all results and winner’s photos.