Performance Connemara Classes
Six of the ten classes in Ring 2 this year were qualifying classes for Shows in Connemara. These included Green Working Hunter for Cliden in August, Powers Quarry for Oughterard at end of August and 4 International Connemara qualifiers, 2 Ridden and 2 Working Hunter. The actual venue for the International Connemara Performance Finals is to be confirmed shortly and all qualified owners will be notified. Most of the Performance Classes in both Ridden Classes and Ballinalee’s upgraded jumping tracks attracted substantial entries of up to a dozen ponies per Class.
Niamh’s Weblog has pictures from some of the Classes below and in the Gallery below that. These results and pictures took quite a lot of figuring out for this Blog so if you spot errors, I apologise and please Comment. So many ponies featured in a variety of Classes!
You can expect to see all Results from Ballinalee in the upcoming Irish Field, thanks to Ruth Rogers or contact email@example.com The ponies which qualified for the Green Working Hunter are Susan Denham’s Bertraboy Beau Geste by Gwennic de Goariva and John J. Black’s Orchard Max by Gleann Rua Maxwell.
Powers Quarry A, under 16 qualified was Fiona and Kieran Callaghan’s Ashfield Troubadour
Powers Quarry B,Over 16 Clive Swindell’s Bruce Almighty by I Love You Melody qualified but sorry no picture. Qualified was Laura MacAuliffe’s Atlantic Hazy Star by Hazy Match
In the Over 16 International Working Hunter qualifier the winning pony was Gerry Whyte’s Blessington Pride by Thunderball. Blessington Pride. 2nd was Claire Devlin’s Blackwood Fernando by Ferdia.
Blessington Pride was also judged the top pony in Class 8 a Performance Hunter, a Class based on the RDS Performance Hunter format with 16 jumping efforts and is sponsored by Rincoola Stud. Bernie Whyte’s Ardagh Bobby by Glenayre Mystical Bobby took 2nd place in this challenging Performance Hunter competition.
The new Connemara Stallion Performance class which applied the same format as Class 8, was awarded to Gerry Whyte’s Manninard Abel by Ganty Blazer. The Whyte family ponies had a good day out with their performance Connemaras and Manninard Abel brought home a fair number of ribbons, having come 2nd in the International Performance for riders under 16 and 3rd in the Connemara Derby. Liam Lynskey’s two stallions held the 2nd and 3rd places with a 2nd for Black Shadow by Silver Shadow and a 3rd for Cashelbay Chip by Cashelbay Cruise. Sorry no pictures here!
The Connemara Derby winner was Liam Lynsky’s Black Shadow by Silver Shadow (alas no pic) and 2nd place was achieved by Bernie Whyte’s Ardagh Bobby by Glenayre Mystical Bobby.
In the International Performance Ridden qualifier, the winner in class 1 for riders under 16 was Charlotte Glynn’s Claremount Lad by Abbeyfort. Claremont Lad took a Blue Rosette in the equivalent Ridden Class for riders over 16 and a 3rd in the International Working Hunter qualifier for riders under 16.
In the over 16 International Performance Ridden Class 2, Claire Devlin’s Blackwood Fernando took the Red Rosette. Only pic. available to Blog shows Fernando jumping to 2nd place in the O16 International Performance qualifier. As Niamh’s Weblog missed the two earlier Ridden classes, with a good entry of 24 ponies, with the Over 16’s in the majority, as opposed to 8 Jump Classes, it demonstrates yet again the increasing popularity of the Jumping Classes.