Claremorris Spring Show May 09


CLAREMORRIS SCHOOL OF EQUITATION SPRING SHOW   24 May ‘09

 The Mayo going was heavy after recent rains and the day remained cloudy and cool but mercifully dry.  The Connemara Ring had many well-filled classes for such an early- season Show and both quality and condition of ponies was excellent: and there was a fair turnout in the ridden Classes also.  The lack of NAMES of ponies in the catalogue was a definite disadvantage for spectators as was the limited viewing area, along the back side of the rings only.

Champion Connemara Pony at Claremorris with Tom Bourke
Champion pony Misty with owner Tom Bourke

The Champion Pony sash went to a 13yr. old mare of substance, who had topped the line of ten mares in her Class.   This was Misty  by Carraroe Handy Andy X Bright Star owned by Tom Bourke of Abbeyside Stud in Claremorris for whom she has been a good brood mare since he bought her six years ago from her breeder Paul Conneely in Rosmuc. 

Reserve Champ. Village Fionn with Padraig Heanue
Reserve Champ. Village Fionn with Padraig Heanue

In Reserve spot was Padraig Heanue’s recent French acquisition and winner of the stallion Class, Village Fionn by Boden Park Finnard X Village Grey.  was bought as a foal in 1998 by Sophie Felix from Paddy King of Lehid, Connemara, and brought to Normandy, so this is in fact a ‘return of the native’.  (see Jan. post on Village ponies)

 

 

Cailin Conneely's Junior Champion
Cailin Conneely's Junior Champion Letterdyfe Rira
The Junior Champion  was Cailin Conneely’s Letterdyfe Rira, a handsome 2 year old home-bred colt by Currachmore Cashel out of his own Letterdyfe Ruby in Roundstone, who had won o the 2/3 yr. old colt / gelding Class.
Glencarrig Rose with Katie Curran, winner 3yr. old class
Glencarrig Rose with Amy Curran, winner 3yr. old class

The 3 year old filly Glencarrig Rose by Glencarrig Prince X April Rose won her Class to the delight of Kate and Amy, daughters of owner / breeder Gearoid Curran. 

Moycullen’s  Jimmy Mullaney went home with the red rosette for his own Lissroe Princess by Glencarrig Prince.  The dam is Lishmar Colleen whose sire is the famous performance star, Ashfield Bobby Sparrow.
Anneka Hoebler with Jimmy Mullaney's 4 yr. old winner
Anneka Hobler with Jimmy Mullaney's 4 yr. old winning mare

The winning filly foal was by Bunnymeade Obie Trice out of Silver Grey, owner Liam Reilly of Castlebar and the colt foal winner belonged to Thomas Quirke of Tuam.

Winning filly foal with Liam Reilly
Winning filly foal with Liam Reilly

In the Ridden classes, the under sixteen Class was won by a happy Valerie Lee of Oughterard  with her 8 year old gelding Prince Jefferson   Known as Tayto, (maybe he loves the Crisps!) this pony has been showing for only a year and is consistently in the ribbons.

Prince Jefferson, rider Valerie Lee, winner of under 16 Ridden Connemara
Prince Jefferson, rider Valerie Lee, winner of under 16 Ridden Connemaraby New Beginnings X Killagoola Heather, bred by John Faherty

 Walstead Cartier by Tiercel Top Cat took the over 16 Ridden award with Ciara O’Malley on board. 

Wallstead Cartier and Ciara O'Malley with Westport Show  judge Mrs Fleming
Wallstead Cartier and Ciara O'Malley with Westport Show judge Mrs Fleming

 Now a 7 yr old 143h.h , he was imported to Mayo some months ago by his current owner Lucy Fabby of Inishturkbeg Stud.  He had been successfully shown in hand in England, having some top class results, but Lucy took on the task of backing and schooling him and  Claremorris was his first ridden show .  The following week he won his Ridden Class at Westport Show, qualifying for Oughterard plus the Powers Quarry Performance qualifier.  (where this picture was taken).  Cartier’s connections are very happy with both his behaviour and his success.  

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