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Over the past six years the Midland Connemara Breeders Show in Tullamore has blossomed into the major Irish showcase for the Connemara Pony outside Clifden. The phenomenal support and goodwill for the 7th annual Show is evident from a glance at the Catalogue and it was appropriate that the Supreme Champion should emerge from the Midland area as Mary and Pat Rabbitt’s stallion Class winner-Monaghanstown Prince- took the Supreme accolade of the day in the In-Hand section which was judged by two overseas breeders, Christine Mares from France and Finland’s Tuula Pyõria.
Monaghanstown Prince (Glencarrig Prince – Monaghanstown Sheeba) with his strong bone and conformation, has the movement and presence of a true Champion.
The Reserve Champion, Niamh Melody’s Ardríon na hUidire who won the 13 strong older mares Class and is by Ard Ri Cunga out of Canal Laurin. Her Wexford owner has not shown this 14yr.old brood-mare for 8 years and was delighted with her Annaharvey success.
The All-Ireland Broodmare Championship was judged by Maria Levigne and Máirtín Nee who had their work cut out to choose a top broodmare in this huge class which filled the extended Ring with over 25 mares and foals and their handlers from all four provinces. Only an aerial photo would have done justice to this extended gathering. It was Banks Vanilla (Teglstrup Duke – Squares DoDo), Sean Dunne’s quality 7yr.old Danish-bred Ballinalee qualifier, who emerged as the final choice in this marathon judging session.
The Reserve Supreme mare was Tessa Collier’s young Newtown Blossom (I Love you Melody – Break of Dawn). This pony rapidly made a name for herself last year as a top ridden pony, winning at Dublin and Clifden, but has now obviously settled for a time into domestic mothering mode with her foal at foot this year.
Tuula Pyõria found her Junior Champion and Reserve in the ranks of the very competitive two-year-old fillies Class with Tomás MacLochlainn’s dun filly Ashbrook Orga (Hazy Match – Blue Rose) in prime position
followed closely by fellow Galwegian Kieran McGrath’s Hazelrock Star (Glencarrig Prince – Smokey Star) Both fillies, true to type, are the result of years of expert breeding experience of their owners and are a credit to them.
The Foal Champion, the winner of the Colt Foal Class, was the strong bay colt foal of Thomas Dempsey, (pic with Kevin Mannion) who was happy to take the John Varley Trophy back to Ballinasloe for Westside Shadow (Moonlidht Silver Shadow – Roan Hannah) Filly foal winner, Sean Cooney’s Loughmore Mandy (Currachmore Cashel – Corrib Misty) was Reserve Foal Champion. Below are some of the many other prizewinners. For full results go to www.midlandsconnemaraponybreeders
The over 16 Working Hunter went to the ever consistent Blackwood Fernando with Alicia Devlin Byrne on board.
There was another good day out for former RDS ridden pony winner, Elizabeth Wentges Treanlaun Glen.Charlie (Glenvalley Grey – Seerskin Lady), best over 16 Ridden Pony with rider Rosemary Wentges and this pair also took the Ridden Championship. This highly successful show with over 400 entries this year, is going from strength to strength each year and canonly get better.
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