Gurteen Jennifer, Cathal Mullen
Gurteen Jennifer, Cathal Mullen

A quick look–in at Clifden Show on Thursday afternoon last confirmed that this shop-window for the Connemara Pony is growing and expanding beyond belief. Families poured in and took more than a casual interest in proceedings as they crowded around the two Rings, one showing the ponies In- Hand and Ring 2 full of Ridden Pony Classes. Unlike the opening day on Wednesday, the weather on Thusday stayed dry and balmy. Continue reading “CLIFDEN ’16. A BRIEF VISIT”

Performance Training Day 11 May ’14

Training and Judges Assessment Day

Tony Ennis and pupils
Tony Ennis and pupils


The weather was in a somewhat cranky mood on Sunday last when the Connemara Pony and Rider Training Day was held at The Parks in Moycullen.  Between a few mild dry patches, the heavy rain- showers bucketed down. This was no deterrent to the enthusiasts who turned up with ponies and their riders to learn the ropes of working Hunter and Riding Classes under the excellent tutelage of Denise Norton and Tony Ennis, both knowledgeable and experienced past-masters in all Equestrian skills.   Continue reading “Performance Training Day 11 May ’14”

Sillogue Darkie

Sillogue Darkie, Michael Duffy
Sillogue Darkie, Michael Duffy RDS ’11

Very recently in February this year, the great Sillogue Darkie died suddenly in his stable. The 18 year old gelding was for many years one of the top Show-jumping Connemara ponies ever produced in Ireland.  By Ard Talisman X Coillcru Esmeralda, he was bred and trained by the Briscoe family in Co. Louth and was a firm favourite of the family as he jumped his way to stardom in Ireland and Europe.  An incredible performer,  he qualified  for Dublin eight years in a row with five different riders. Read on and see the Video.  Continue reading “Sillogue Darkie”

Cross-Country Clinic & Bartley O’Sullivan Lecture ’13

Cross Country Clinic  & Bartley O’Sullivan Lecture, Performance and Connemara Ponies, Past, Present and Future

Portersize Just a Jiff
Portersize Just a Jiff

 On Saturday afternoon Olympian Camilla Speirs gave a Cross Country Clinic in the Clifden  Showgrounds.   A course of 5 cross-country type fences were erected and 4 Connemara ponies varying in age and experience were used to demonstrate the Instructor’s teaching instructions.  Continue reading “Cross-Country Clinic & Bartley O’Sullivan Lecture ’13”