In-Hand Classes Thursday Clifden ’12
It was another gorgeous day of sunshine and the In-Hand ponies looked their best, bright and beautiful. Great entries were received again this year and many Pony Studs were represented in multiple Classes.
With 3,000 ponies a year now being registered and delegates from thirteen Connemara Society sister countries attending the Show, plus many more overseas visitors (twenty eight breeders and friends came from Sweden) it seems like the interest in Connemaras has never been healthier, in spite of recessionary times. The Yearling Colt Class winner was Pat O’Neill’s Illaunurra Bay (Castleside JJ Junior X Castleside Shell.) Sorry no photo.! In the well supported Yearling Filly Class it was Jimmy Mullaney’s Lissroe Sunset Lady by Glencarrig Prince, out of his own Lissroe Lady.who caught the eye of Judges Malachy Gorham and Jackie Walsh.
It was Mossie Joyce’s pleasure to take the 2yr. old Colt Class Sarzeau Trophy back to Inishmore Island where he breeds his ponies, with Corha’s Birthday Boy (Castleside Carrig X Corha Lass). Called into 2nd place was John Noel Mullen’s JFK of Fairyhill (Kilmore Diamond X Aille Cool Olive.
Sean Dunne from Co. Offaly took the Red in the 2yr old Filly Class with his Clooshgreen Prince – sired Garryhinch Vanilla, a daughter of his prize-winning mare Banks Vanilla who came originally from Denmark. Garryhinch Vanilla was to make a 2nd trip back to Ring 1 some time later to be judged Reserve Junior champion.
From this same large 2yr. old Filly Class it was Renvyle’s Geoffrey Heanue’s Derry lough April (Castlesdtrange Fionn X Starlight Butterfly) who filled the runner-up slot, taking home the Blue Rosette
Next on to the 3yr. old Mare Class which sported a long line-up of perhaps 18 or more mares (sometimes you wonder how do the Judges remember which ponies they first favoured in these huge classes filled with mainly white ponies!) After the back line is shown the gate –many nice ones there- Judges still have a good 10 or 12 mares to assess for conformation and movement before reaching final decisions.
The best 3yr. old Mare was deemed to be Irishtown Pippin, a well-developed pony from Emer and John Fitzpatrick’s fertile Co.Westmeath acres. Irishtown Pippin is by by Linsfort Barney out of Irishtown Sylvia and she later went on to take the Junior Championship and later still that evening was awarded the prestigious Reserve Supreme Clifden Championship. A great result and a Killanin Cup, Lee Memorial Cup, rugs and Crystal to boot. Well done to the Fitzpatrick family.
Another pair of Westmeath breeders, Pat and Mary Rabbitte, took the 3yr.old MareBlue rosette with Monaghanstown Silver by Mountain Cascade X Monaghanstown Star.
Only six 3 yr old Colts came before the Judges who settled on Doonreaghan Marty, last years Junior Champion, for owner Mairtin Nee and son/handler Noel Nee. Doonreaghan Marty is by Coolillaun Cushlawn out of Doonreagh Star.
Junior Champion – Irishtown Pippin. Reserve Garryhinch Vanilla
Four – Six Year old Stallions
There were eleven 4 – 6 year old Stallions in the Ring and from these the Judges chose Ciaran Curran’s very lively Glencarrig Knight (Janus – Coosheen Breeze) showing off (or “showboating” as they say in Olympic boxing! ) in the warm sunshine to receive the Bridie and Bobby Bolger Memorial Cup and Red rosette.
Called in to receive the Blue rosette was Banks Timber who is by Teglstrup Duke X Banks Square’s Do Do. This Danish bred young stallion was shown by Joe Burke for his owner Seamus Hynds, another Westmeath visitor.
Next in were the 7 yr. old and older Stallions, maturely majestic.
Joe Burke was in the ribbons again when his father Eamonn’s Coolillaun Cushlawn (Currachmore Cashel X Glencarrig Aisling) pranced in to accept the1st Prize, the Peadar O’Toole Memorial Trophy, from the afternoon’s Judges Gabriel Murphy and Dudley Nee.
They were followed closely into the ring centre by Jarlath Grogan’s prolific winner Mountain Cascade (Laerkens Cascade Dawn X Mountain Lady) to take the blue Rosette for 2nd place, Galway and Mayo respectively filling the top spots in this Class.Unfortunately only a few older Mare pictures were taken.
One of these was of John Mcloughlin’s mare Gentle Kate who scooped the Red rosette (not for the first time at Clifden) in the well-filled 6 or 7 yr. old Mare Class. She is by the French-bred I Love you Melody out of the prizewinning mare Gentle Wren.
Having missed a couple of Mare Classes the Weblog got back to Ring One just in time to quickly snap a winner leaving the Ring with a Red rosette. This was Padraig Hynes with Village Heather (Boden Park Finnard X Village Star) who won the 10 to 15yr old Mare Class where she was in the company of many venerable older mares. And later in the evening Village Heather – that same lovely daughter of the well respected broodmare Village Star – was to wear the Supreme Championship Sash as Padraig Hynes became the proud recipient of the Jan Harald Koelichen Cup and the French Society Supreme Champion Trophy as well as taking home to Canal Stage a fine rug and Crystal galore.
The Supreme and Reserve pics are courtesy of Satu from Finland.
Congratulations must go to all competitors who produced their ponies so well and made the day enjoyable for all of us. We have mainly some young stock winners pictured this year, and are sorry to have no foals or older mares. If you have a picture of the winning bay Yearling Colt it would really add to this collection of younger winners and your photo will be much appreciated and acknowledged. Similarly with any other prize winner’s pictures missing in this Blog. Feel free to Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Full Results available from www.cpbs.ie Ring 2 Thursday will appear soon.