Cork Summer Show 2016


Davy Spillane Entertains
Davy Spillane Entertains
1.Taking it easy at the Show
1.Taking it easy at the Show

(Click on image to enlarge)  Cork Summer Show, a traditional Agricultural Show, was run on Saturday and Sunday 18/19, June in the spacious Curraheen showgrounds.

Shoeing Championships educate
Shoeing Championships educate

On the Saturday  many other events apart from the Pony Showing Classes, which included Connemara and Welsh ponies, Show Ponies and Working and Show Hunter Classes, kept the place buzzing.

There was of course the Funfair, the Cattle and Poultry Classes, Inter- Schools Showjumping, Mounted Games, Vintage Displays, Trade Stands, an International Farriers Competition, with four hot-shoeing competitions, all timed, Live Music and a Dog Show.

Mounted games ponies arrive
Mounted games ponies arrive

There were six Competition Rings for Ponies and the Connemara Ridden and Working Hunter sections were well supported by members of the Southern Connemara Pony Group. Some Classes had the additional attraction of being championship qualifiers for later in the national Showing season. This Blog unfortunately missed some of the early In-Hand Classes, of which there were five. Keeping track of the results in the following ten performance classes was confusing at times for Niamh’s weblog; {so if you spot errors here please let me know in the comments box}. Fortunately the rain held off until later in the afternoon, but unfortunately it did coinside with the late-starting Working Hunter Ring and also the Championship highlights.

Tom Hayden was judged best Young Handler.
Tom Hayden was judged best Young Handler.

In Hand Classes.  Young Tom Hayden was an early winner when he was awarded the Connemara Young Handlers’ prize with his mother’s mare, Gallows Heather Dew by Currachmore Cashel, and in a later class he qualified for the CCPA Championship to be held in Duffys Equestrian, Claregalway on 16 Aug. Linda O Donovan with her home-bred young colt, Caher Ross Duke (Glencarrig Knight X Moorland Snow Queen) took the Youngstock first prize. {A picture would be very welcome}!

Nire Valley Beezie and Niamh Melody
Nire Valley Beezie and Niamh Melody

The Class for Mares 4 – 6 yr old was won by Carmel Melody’s Nire Valley Beezie {Linsfort Barney X Nire Valley Laurin} and Niamh Melody also led her home-bred mare to victory in the SCPG In-Hand Class.

Colt Foal Jacob, winning foal.
Colt Foal Jacob, winning foal.

The colt foal Jacob  by Rathcline Argon, bred by Kitty and Liam Cotter was the Red Rosette winner in the Foal Class.

Champion In Hand, Ardnore Silver Lady and Liam Cotter
Champion In Hand, Ardnore Silver Lady and Liam Cotter

 

Kitty and Liam Cotter were top of the line again in the Class for Mares 7 years and over with Ardnore Silver Lady {Glencarrig Lexus X Ardnore Seabird,}

Ardnore Silver Lady, Kitty & Liam Cotter. Judge McCormack presents trophy
Ardnore Silver Lady, Kitty & Liam Cotter. Judge McCormack presents trophy

This lovely mare, Ardnore SilverLady and her foal Jacob, were the choice of Judge Fr. Christy McCormack to wear the In-Hand Champion’s Sash and carry home the handsome O’Donovan, Cuddy, McCarthy Cup to Enniskeane. Nire Valley Beezie took the   Reserve In-Hand Championship Sash.

Tynash Alanna with the Keohane family
Tynash Alanna with the Keohane family

Jackie Keohane, husband Padraig and son David came from Clonakilty with Jackie’s young mare Tynash Alanna to show her for the first time and were enjoying the day out.

Performance Classes
Judge Ruth McGovern started straight away on the five Connemara ridden Classes. By the way, did you ever hear of Tally Ho Choccy Wolly Do Dah? No! Maybe a misprint in the Cork Show Catalogue or there has to be an interesting story in the name of Susan Cleary’s dun gelding, who was one of eight ponies in the Under 16 Riders Ridden Class.

Carranthomas Playboy & Finola Craven
Carranthomas Playboy & Finola Craven

The winner of that Under 16 Class was Finola Craven’s gelding Carranthomas Playboy while Gallows Heather Dew with Tom Hayden took the Blue rosette.  Mary Carpenter with Tubbervale Amanda qualified for the CPPA U.16 Ridden Championship. {Very sorry to have no picture, do you?}

Kilshanny Robert, Jackie O'Donoghue
Kilshanny Robert, Jackie O’Donoghue

The 4yr old Cashelbay Prince gelding, Kilshanny Robert, with his owner/rider Jackie O’ Donoghue, was called into 1st place in the O.16 Ridden Class.

Nire Valley Beezie. Nire valley Beth, Niamh Melody & Susan Cleary
Nire Valley Beezie. Nire valley Beth, Niamh Melody & Susan Cleary

In this quality class with 11 entries, Niamh Melody’s pair of ponies, Nire Valley Beth, ridden by Susan Cleary and Nire Valley Beezie by her owner, were 2nd and 3rd. The Duntally Cup, confined to the best Ridden Pony in the SPCG Members Ridden Class was won by the 5 yr. old Nire Valley Beth piloted by Susan Cleary

 Jo Watkinson, & Plume de Kezeg
Jo Watkinson, & Plume de Kezeg

In the CPPA O.16 qualifying Class, the 11yr old stallion Plume de Kezeg {by Janus}, was previously successfully competed by Pauline Dahill, but this time it was rider Jo Watkinson who rode him into 1st place. Jo is Plume’s longtime trainer and groom at Duntally stud – and she was riding her charge at her first show in 20 years!

Lahaknock Shadow & Lucy Tuthill Kingston
Lahaknock Shadow & Lucy Tuthill Kingston

Lucy Tuthill Kingston was placed 2nd in the CPPA O.16 qualifying Class with her 5yr. old gelding Lahaknock Shadow and this rider had also taken a blue rosette in the Young Handlers class

Fotaview Prince & Ilinka Leathwood
Fotaview Prince & Ilinka Leathwood

Cork was also a first Show ever for the 8yr old Fotaview Prince. His rider Ilinka Leathwood, originally Austrian but now settled in Tipperary, has broken and schooled this gelding by Glencarrig Prince, only during the past year. She was very pleased when he behaved like a pro. and came 3rd in the O.16 qualifier.

 Connemara Ridden Class
Connemara Ridden Class

 

Connemara Working HunterOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

In the Working Hunter ring, the day had darkened considerably and rain came slowly splashing down.

Glencairn Holly & Pauline Dahill
Glencairn Holly & Pauline Dahill

Pauline Dahill riding the novice 5yr old  Glencairn Holly got off to a good start when she won the Over 16, competition and also later qualified for the Clifden High Performance and the CPPA Championships. Nire Valley Beth jumped to 2nd place in this Class with Susan Cleary.

Plume de Kezeg, rider Carol Ann.
Plume de Kezeg, rider Carol Ann.

Plume de Kezeg  had another win, the Under 16 Working Hunter, this time with rider Carol Ann.
Also qualifiying for the Clifden High Performance Championship in August were Jacqui Frayne’s Ardnaglas Lad, Joan Dahill with Glencairn Sixpence and Orla Fleming with Rusheen Young Oliver. Jacqui Freyne also qualified Drimcong Michael for the CPPA Championship.
When it was pushing 7 o’clock and time to call it a day, a very wet Judge Tim Hurley finally got to present the Ridden Championship John Sweeny Cup to Pauline Dahill on Glencairn Holly. Reserve Kilshanny Robert with Jackie O’Donoghue.
© Niamh’s Weblog

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.