Claregalway ’09


Sunday 23rd August, the day of Claregalway Show, was an incredibly wet day, one of a long line of such days that we’ve had this summer.  It was so disappointing for the Committee who put so many planning hours of work into the Show each year, and then, on the day, are faced with such a washout.  But the Show went on as planned at Duffy’s Equestrian Centre, and the blog managed to snap a few pictures between showers.

Glencarrig Romeo, Junior Champion with Patrick McGrath and nephew Evan
Glencarrig Romeo, Junior Champion with Patrick McGrath and nephew Evan

Local man Kieran McGrath won the 2yr old Colt class with his Glencarrig Romeo (Bunowen Bobby – Fairyhill Helen) and Judges Siobhan Naughton and Niamh Melody also awarded him the Junior Championship:   This quality colt  stayed on to later take the Reserve Supreme in sunshine later in the afternoon.

Pat &Mzary Rabbitt with Foal Champion, show Chairman Val Noone
Pat & Mary Rabbitt with Foal Champion. centre,Show Chairman Val Noone

Pat and Mary Rabbitt were happy to take the Paul Fleming Memorial Cup back to Co Westmeath with their Champion foal, the well-grown filly by Linsfort Barney out of their own Monaghanstown Sheeba. The late Paul Fleming was one of the founder members of the Show nineteen years ago and it’s good to see his memory live on with this Trophy.

Dusty Oak 3 - 5 yr. winner with John Nee and son Ronan
Dusty Oak 3 – 5 yr. winner with John Nee and son Ronan

It is also good to see children so interested in the in-hand ponies and we snapped another young boy Ronan Nee who stands proudly with his father John after their mare had won the 3-5 yr old class with  Dusty Oak (Abbeyfort – Barna Dusty)

Cornarone Hazy Lad with Padraig Gannon
Cornarone Hazy Lad with Padraig Gannon

The winner of the 3 – 5 year old stallion class was Padraig Gannon’s Cornarone Hazy Lad (Frederiksminde Hazy Match – Atlantic Colette) and I think we will hear more of this up-and-coming young stallion in future years.

Glencarrig Heather with Rachel, Ronan & grandfather Paddy Walsh
Glencarrig Heather with Rachel, Ronan & grandfather Paddy Walsh

The Walsh family from Moycullen was there in force, three generations of Walshs, to enjoy seeing their mare, Tom Walsh’s Glencarrig Heather (Rebel Justice – Coosheen Breeze) win the 10 – 16 yr. old mare class with her colt foal by Currachmore Cashel  at foot.  Illustrious blood here as  Coosheen Breeze  is one of the last surviving Coosheen Finn  mares and Currachmore Cashel needs no introduction in this blog.

Knockillaree Tomas won stallion class with owner Roger Joyce
Knockillaree Tomas won stallion class with owner Roger Joyce

The Dublin stallion winner, Roger Joyce’s Knockillaree Tomás (Calla Boy – Annaghdown Dusty) again covered the ground with his renowned extended trot and took the stallion Class award (and the Supreme Championship at the end of the day)   A stallion class by its nature is always a strong class, given the rigorous nature of the selection process for Connemara stallions.     Second in line in this

Newtown Pedro with Peter Kyne
Newtown Pedro with Peter Kyne

strong stallion class was Peter Kyne’s 5 yr. old Newtown Pedro (Frederiksminde Hazy – Cloonisle Heather).   In third place was Jarlath Grogan’s  Mountain Cascade ( Laerkens Cascade Dawn – Mountain Lady), well placed in Clifden 10 days earlier.     Meanwhile over in Duffy’s sand arena the Connemara Ridden qualifiers were taking place. The blog got there as things were winding upto get a picture of the  winner and qualifier for Sunday’s Cannon Ball Trophy Final at Oughterard,

Mountain Cascade with Jarlath Grogan
Mountain Cascade with Jarlath Grogan
Mr What & Nicola Phelan qualified for Oughterard's Sunday Cannon ball Championship
Mr What & Nicola Phelan qualified for Oughterard’s Sunday Cannon ball Championship

This was Nicola Whelan who rode Mr. What (Village King – Meadow Harp) for owner Elizabeth Maher. The other two who qualified were  Sandra O’Donnell’s Poulnaclough Lad (Glenvalley Grey – Clough Tara) and  Lucy Tottenham’s Cloragh April Jewel (Ashfield Hunters Jewel – Milford Ladybird) ridden by daughter Joanna Tottenham.

Supreme Champ Knockillaree Tomas, Show Queen Kate McCarthy Val Noone
Supreme Champ Knockillaree Tomas, Show Queen Kate McCarthy Val Noone

Claregalway’s Champion Connemara was Knockillaree Tomas and the Reserve Champion was Glencarrig Romeo.

The final  picture is to show you what you missed if you didn’t travel to Claregalway last Sunday!

Glencarrig Romeo with Kieran McGrath, Reserve Supreme
Glencarrig Romeo with Kieran McGrath, Reserve Supreme

See you all at Oughterard this weekend.

Entrance to the rings Claregalway 09
Entrance to the rings Claregalway 09

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