Clifden ’14. Friday


Working Hunter and Puissance ‘14               For Clifden Gallery 2014      Click Here

Note: I do not have photos of some 1st prizewinners so if you can email me niamhodoc@eircom.net one I will gladly use it.  All Results with names and breeding are to be found at www.cpbs.ie

Lughnasa means August means Show month
Lughnasa means August means Show month

 

Riding High !
Riding High !

Well, if entries were good in the Ridden and In-Hand Classes on Thursday they were positively phenomenal in the working Hunter Classes on the final day of Clifden Show on the Friday. For example there were 33 ponies entered in the Potential Working Hunter class for 4-6 year olds.!   28 were entered in Class N for riders over 16 and 22 qualified ponies had entered in the High Performance Final.  Even allowing for the few who might not have taken part, the figures are impressive and their numbers have been steadily increasing since the first four Working Hunter Classes were introduced to Clifden in 2007.And just for the record, the Puissance wall first appeared in 2009 and the High Performance Championship has now run for four years.

 High Performance prizegiving
High Performance prizegiving
Blackwood Fernando, Champion High Performance, Alicia D.Byrne
Blackwood Fernando, Champion High Performance, Alicia D.Byrne

 

 

Blackwood Fernando (Ferdia)and Alicia Devlin Byrne stand out as having some of the best days of a successful performance career in the Clifden Ring, and they figured prominently again this year when they took the laurels in the High Performance Final with a 1st prize worth €1200, for the 2nd time in 3 years. In 2012 they were 1st and in 2013 were 2nd.  (This pic is actually from 2012)

Shanbo Hazel's Boy took Reserve championship for Gillian bond
Shanbo Hazel’s Boy took Reserve championship for Gillian bond

The bay gelding Shanbo Hazels Boy (Monaghanstown Boy) stood in Reserve place with his rider Gillian Bond. Early that morning.  Significantly not a single qualified pony managed a  clear round on Clifden’s demanding and tricky 12 obstacle course.

 Working Hunter Champion Ardfry Jade, Pataire Crawford
Winner of 4-6 yr class and Working Hunter Champion Ardfry Jade, Pataire Crawford

The first and largest class of the day, for Potential working Hunter ponies was won by Pataire Crawford  with her 5 year old mare Ardfry Jade (Patty’s Sweet Dream). This pair also later took the Champion Working Hunter Award.  Pataire is no stranger to the Clifden Performance ring as she has already won the High Performance Final at the age of only 10 in 2012 and again in 2013 on the great little mare Westmir Queen.
2nd in this Class was Glencarrig Joey (Bunowen Bobby) with Pat Geoghegan.

 Dunran Katie Sue, Lucinda Kelly Reserve W.H Champ. pic Avril Kelly
Dunran Katie Sue, Lucinda Kelly Reserve W.H Champion

The Reserve Working Hunter Champion was Dunran Katie Sue (Monaghanstown Prince) with Lucinda Kelly and this Wicklow combination had won the Working Hunter Class for riders over 16.

Plume de Kezeg, Pauline Dahill, Sponsor Robbie Fallon
Plume de Kezeg, Pauline Dahill, Sponsor Robbie Fallon

The Stallion Working Hunter Class went to Pauline Dahill with Plume de Kezeg  (Janus) and this pair had carried away the top prize last year also.

Newtown Moll's Pride, Alyssa O'Neill
Newtown Moll’s Pride, Alyssa O’Neill

 

Newtown Moll’s Pride (Fredericksminde Hazy Match) with Alyssa O’Neill was a close 2nd.

The Puissance

The day was by now beautifully fine and sunny and spectators were standing four deep around the ring.

Clifden Silver, Shane O'Brien.
Clifden Silver, Shane O’Brien. Pic Kath. Bufe

 

The ‘ride and drive’ on a lighter note, was hectically  entertaining before the Puissance competition began almost exactly at the advertised time of 4pm.

You can sense the all-pervasive high excitement of this type of competition and it was good to see some new ponies tackle this formidable red wall which this year was jumped by two ponies at a height of 1.60 metres.

Start of Puissance
Start of Puissance

One of the two was  Doire Mhainaigh Earl and Christine Molloy from faraway Waterford who had won this competition last year. This 10 yr old is by Robe Earl

Tullykyne Boy, Jack Goaley
Tullykyne Boy, Jack Goaley

The prize was shared with Carnabay Mirah, a fourteen yr. old stallion by Westside Mirah, ridden by Justine O’Hara. Justine has won this competition in 2011 with Bobby Sparrow Blue.

Carnabay Mirah, Doire Mhainaigh Earl, Eric Walsh, Patricia Dalton
Carnabay Mirah, Doire Mhainaigh Earl, Eric Walsh,
Doire Mhainaigh Earl, Christine Molloy
Doire Mhainaigh Earl, Christine Molloy

 

Where it all begins
Where it all begins
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