Working Hunter, Midlands ‘16
The Hardiman ‘dynamic duo from Galway’, Marjorie and daughter Jane who had made their presence felt in the Ridden Classes, having both been in the Ribbons in two competitions and also awarded a Reserve Ridden Championship. They also carried their luck into the Working Hunter Ring. They had brought their three well-schooled ponies from their Creganna yard near Oranmore and had suitably impressed both Judges, Jamie Frost in the Ridden and Nicholas Byrne in the Workers, who awarded them with a couple of Red and Blue Rosettes.
Marjorie won the first of the three MCPB Hunter Classes with Creganna Belle (Fred.Hazy Match). Taking Blue in this competition was Carmel Melody’s Nire Valley Beth (Templebready Fear Bui) ridden by Susan Cleary.
The second Working Hunter Class, not exceeding 95cms. was won by Jane Hardiman and the gelding Creganna Dandini (Cashelbay Prince). These two ponies are offspring of the same dam, Prospect Suzy who is by Tulira Roebuck.
The 1 Metre Class was won by Alicia Devlin Byrne and her faithful gelding, Blackwood Fernando (Ferdia), who has been a formidable winner with his rider down recent years. Adrienne Daly’s Bob Marley(Ashfield Bobby Sparrow) was Second.
Creganna Dandini was awarded the W.H. Championship with Jane and Creganna Belle was Reserve with Marjorie.
The best Newcomer Pony award went to Carmel Curran’s Southeast Spotlight (Carraig Galen Millar) ridden by daughter Caoimhe. Sorry, no photo as yet!
Four ponies qualified in the Irish Connemara Geen Hunter Qualifier. Co. Meath’s Sive Ryan qualified her two ponies for the Championship on the Wednesday of Clifden Show, these are Tagunnan Sparrow (Cheeky Bobby Sparrow), pictured and Orchard Castle Star (Castlestrange Fionn).
Kathy Leggett’s Doonreaghan Oak (Newtown Moll’s Pride) pictured, and Breda Perrin’s Lily of Barnamire (Hector of Loughfadda) also qualified.
Sarah Millar’s Future Performance Pony aged 5-9 was introduced in 2009 after this wonderful lady’s passing. Marks are awarded for jumping, riding and conformationa and movement shown in Hand; and I quote from the 2009 Catalogue; “this competition in her memory, aims to promote the production of quality Connemara Performance ponies by evaluating and recognising up and coming talent.”
(For More information check back on ‘Midlands ’09’ in this Blog). This year an amazing 39 ponies were competed in this popular contest for the Sarah Miller Trophy. This prized trophy was taken back to Gorey in Wexford this year by seasoned rider Edwina O’Connor and her Agharanny Minstrel a 9 yr. old Stallion by Castleside JJ. who has been well brought-on by his rider and was 3rd in his Performance Hunter Class at Dublin this year.
The Clarke family’s Grey Smoke by All Smoke was Reserve in this Class.
In the Final Class of the Day the Clifden High Performance Qualifier (sorry no Photos) I see that a pony featured recently in Niamh’s weblog, Pat O’Neill’s Illaunurra Shadow (Silver Shadow) is one of three ponies qualified for Clifden. More photos to come in the Performance Gallery
My thanks are due to my own family supporters, Eoin and Aideen who took many of the Midland photos on my behalf, they know I appreciate them. I hope to have a Performance gallery up on the Blog shortly also, using more pictures. Please let me know if you spot errors and I will correct them straightaway.
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