The last of the Carna Bobby mares.
This old retired mare, 35 this year, is still hale and hearty in her home field near Moycullen west of Galway. She is the last of a line – the last of the Carna Bobby mares still living – and is owned by Judy Cazabon, now living in Cleggan, for whom she was a wedding present as a foal from James Regan of Moycullen.
She was backed by her owner as a three year old, only bucking her trainer off once!! and started work as a school pony aged 4. As Judy describes her “She then became the perfect school pony, going into beginner mode with a novice rider or experienced mode with the knowledgeable rider” She was a nice jumper and “you could put anyone on her” and she was always reliable and safe although retaining a tendency to play ‘hard to catch’ in the field but thankfully she finally stood still when the catcher persevered!!.
Judy recalls showing her on several occasions and she was always in the top three. But work was her life, not showing, whether it was in Moycullen in the eighties or Cashel in the nineties and then on to the coastal fishing village of Cleggan where today the riding centre looks across the Atlantic inlet to Cleggan Hill.
She had two foals by the small Thoroughbred stallion Speck and sadly she was never bred again as the world of work took over.