The early In-hand Classes this year took place in bucketting rain but Murvey Rocco (Glencarrig Knight/Murvey Rita), winner of the 3yr old registered Stallion Class, continued his winning ways when he carried off the Junior Champion’s Lee Memorial Cup for owner/breeder Martin Keaney of Roundstone. Rocco has worn many winners Sashes in his short showing life but unfortunately this Blog arrived in Clifden too late for a photo.
Fast forward to class 10 for four and five year old Mares, where veteran showman of Connemaras, Sean Dunne of Garryninch Stud in Co. Offaly, won the Archbishops Cup for his Garryhinch Vanilla by Monaghanstown Boy and out of Sean’s former prizewinning Danish import, Banks Vanilla. Jim Mullaney’s home-bred Lissroe Fiona (Glencarrig Prince/Clarecullen Louise) was placed second in this large and competitive Class.
Plenty of show ring winners were seen among the 18 ponies which graced the Clifden ring in Class 11 for seven and eight year old mares. Time constraints meant that many fine mares were shown the gate by the Judges. Letterfrack breeder Cathy Snow Coyne with Kilpatrick Snowdrop (Moorland Snowy River/Kilpatrick Holly) scooped the top prize of €200 and the American CPBS Cup. Canal Lady (Fredericks Hazy Match/Canal Linnet) with her foal, stood in 2nd place with Padraig Hynes.
The Val Moran Memorial Cup was presented to Mayo’s Michael J Philbin with his homebred Beechmount Brόna (Castlestrange Fionn/An Cailín Deas) for his win in Class 12 for mares eight and 9 years old. Taking the Blue rosette was Banks Nellie (Innellan KestrelBanks Square Do Do) jointly owned by Peter Bank Milkelsen and Seamus Hynds from Westmeath.
Of the 32 entries in the catalogue for Class 13, the Mares Class for 10 to 15 year olds, many worthy mares filled the ring including many previous Clifden prizewinners. Banks Vanilla (Teglstrup Duke/Banks Squares Do Do) owned by Kate and Noel Noonan of Clifden and aprolific winner in both In-Hand and Ridden Classes, was called into First place and later won the Reserve Supreme Accolade. Edward Fleming’s Gneevebrack Belle, received 2nd.in Class 10.
.The entries in Class 14 for mares sixteen years or over, were venerable matrons of the breed, whose progeny have gone on to do them proud. The Pat Mullen bred multi-winning Independent (Murphy Rebel/Gorteen Star) was led into Red ribbon place by her owner Cathal Mullen of Roundstone. Another worthy oldie at age 21, Sinead Lusby McGrath’s Lucky Anna (Westside Mirah/Lucky Lia) took Second place.
The Best Connemara pony at the Show was the winner of Class 9 for the Best Stallion aged seven years and older (was last year’s winner also) and was also judged Best Pony resident outside Connemara and was the unanimous decision of the Judges as Supreme Champion. This was Drumbad Fletcher Moss (Frederiksminde Hazy Match/Robe Grey Abbey) bred by Jim Ferguson in Co. Fermanagh. His owners Eamon and son Joe Burke of Castlegar in Galway should have been doubly pleased to see that the 2nd and 3rd placed stallions in their winner’s Class 9, Currachmore Lad and Errismore Rocky, were both by their own prize stallion Currachmore Cashel. .
While Clifden weather this year was nothing to write home about, the spirit and atmosphere of this Show prevailed yet again.this year. Niamh’s Weblog did not get to the Friday Performance Day with it’s impressive number of entries, but all Clifden show results can be viewed on the CPBS website at http://www.cpbs.ie © Niamh’s Weblog