With 9 Ridden Classes plus a ridden Championship this was certainly a busy Ring with most of these Classes well filled and the mucky ground at the end of the day testifies to that.! We sadly missed out on some of the earlier Classes but arrived in time to see the end of Class C which was for ponies aged 4 and 5.
The winner here was Tessa Collier’s Dublin Ridden Champion Newtown Blossom (I Love You Melody – Break of Dawn) and there were eight ponies in this Class.
Class D for ponies aged 6 – 8yrs. as you might expect, was a bigger Class with 12 ponies and Judge Maura McKenna found her winner here in Inverin Boy who is also by I Love You Melody and is out of owner Sean Faherty’s Inverin Lady. This gelding is owned by Kerry’s Carmel Joyce
Gerry Martyn’s Aughnakeeragh Paddy (Moy Hazy Cove – Sheeba’s Lady) was pulled in 2nd with rider Michelle Martyn.
The Red rosette for riders under 16, Class E (12 in the class) was awarded to a lovely 9yr.old mare, Callowfeenish Mary who has “had 4 foals, but has only been taken in out of the field and backed and ridden in the spring this year”, according to her surprised and happy owner, Ballina man Padraic Cahill and rider 13 yr old Serena Tuffy. Sired by Boden Park Finnard, this daughter of Callowfeenish Lady did a perfect show to win her Class.
In Class F for riders over 16 and under 21 with 7 in the Class the top prize went to Dangan Patricka (Coral Star – Waterfall Mist) whose owner and daughters had travelled from Wicklow to win this class, and were well rewarded. Local lady Judy Cazabon’s Draiocht na Mara (Loobeen Larry – Lisglassick Laura) was a close 2nd.with rider Ruth Brennan.
And so we come to Class G for riders over 21 where two proficient ladies took the Red and the Blue Rosettes. They were 1st Tipperary’s Mary Hayden riding Celtic Myth (Earl of Castlefrench – Urrachree Lily) and in 2nd place was Carmel Melody- not wearing her judges hat today- who had travelled the long road from Waterford with her Spiddal bred Furbo Rose (Glencarrig Prince – Atlantic Lady Jane) Class H, the ridden stallion class, was won by Galway’s Grace Murphy riding John Canavan’s striking dark dappled Fernville Danny (Frederiksminde Hazy Match – Ross Castle Moya).
Fernville Danny has had a thriving In-hand career and is now in his first year as a successful ridden pony.
The runner up in the Stallion Class was Spiddal Wills Boy (Spiddal Playboy – Connemara Rose )owned by Michael Maloney.
After the Side-saddle class which sadly had only one entry, came the long-awaited Class J the Champion Ridden Pony.
Dangan Patrika again came forward as Champion and, as her owners say ” her last Show and a break from her Ridden career, as the 9 yr old is in foal to Hector of Lough Fadda.” Clifden was the last hurrah, so to speak, of this talented mare.
The young Class D winner Inverin Boy was Reserve Ridden Champion.
We were really disappointed not to be in a position to visit the Show on Friday, Performance Day which hosted among other things, a ride and drive through Clifden, Dressage and a Musical Ride, four Working Hunter Classes and a Puissance competition. Furthermore I’ve been told of the appearance of a strange light in the sky which appeared that day – it might even have been the sun! A lovely day obviously but after the week of rain the ground must have been horrendous for the Dressage and the Jumping ponies.
Satu from Finland has very kindly sent me photos and names of the two who shared first place in the Puissance. They were Glenford Scot (Atlantic Raven – Gentian Glory) a 7 yr. old bay gelding who has reached grade B in Showjumping, owned by Aine O’Callaghan and jumped by her niece Charlotte O’Callaghan.
The other joint winner was Patricia Delton’s 14yr old stallion Bobby Sparrow Blue (Ashfield Bobby Sparrow – Misty Maiden) ridden by Darren Walsh