-Annaharvey 09, In-Hand


A look at Connemara Ponies In-Hand at Annaharvey

Part of line-up in all-Ireland Broodmare Championship
Part of line-up in all-Ireland Broodmare Championship

We arrived in time to see many beautiful ponies, among them were the fillies in the 3yr. old Class which

Ardenore Silver Lady, Winner 3yr old filles and Reserve Champ.
Ardenore Silver Lady, Winner 3yr old filles and Reserve Champ.

was won by Kevin Jacob’s Ardenore Silver Lady (Glencarrig Lexus X Ardenore Seabird) pic. who was later called in Reserve to the Junior Champion, Ciarán Curran’s colt Glencarrig Patrick (Glencarrig Prince X Festy Lady), winner of the 2/3 yr.old Colt Class

Glencarrig Patrick, Junior Champion with Ciaran Curran
Glencarrig Patrick, Junior Champion with Ciaran Curran

 

 

 

Doonreghan rose
Doonreghan Rose with Noel Nee

Coming 2nd to Ardenore Silver Lady in the 3yr.old filly class was Máirtín Nee’s Doonreghan Rose (Currachmore Cashel X Doonreghan Star) shown by Noel.Nee    

Stallion Winner Village Prince with Padraig Heanue and Ruth Rogers
Stallion Winner Village Fionn with Padraig Heanue and Ruth Rogers

Padraig and Nicola Heanue’s recent French import is having a great showing season and Annaharvey was another winning show with Village Fionn (Boden Park Finnard X Village Grey) again taking the stallion class.

Foal Champion Loughmore Molly with Jerry Mahon
Foal Champion Loughmore Molly with Jerry Mahon

 Loughmore Molly was Foal Champion and is owned by local Tullamore man Sean Cooney. This filly foal, who is by Kingstown Boy out of Corrib Misty, was one up on James Leahy’s  Colt Foal Winner by Moonlight Silver Shadow and out of his mare Moorlands Lady Jane, an 11 yr. old beauty bred by Bridget Snow of Clifden

The All-Ireland Broodmare Championship Class,  had an entry of 36 mares, with about 28, many with foals, showing up on the day.  They filled the Annaharvey Ring 1 to capacity and created a difficult judging job for Michael Clancy and Niamh Melody but they eventually found their Champion and Reserve in two West of Ireland mares from Galway and Mayo respectively.  

Lucky Hazel All-Ireland Broodmare Champion with Sinead McGrath
Lucky Hazel All-Ireland Broodmare Champion with Sinead McGrath

 These were breeder Sinéad Lusby McGrath’s  Champion Broodmare, Lucky Hazel (Mac Eoin X Lucky Anna) with filly foal at foot by Smokey Idea  This 11 yr. old mare is no stranger to the ribbons, having been placed and winning in between producing five foals. 

Vinura Lola, Reserve Broodmare Champion with Roger Brady
Vinura Lola, Reserve Broodmare Champion with Roger Brady

 In Reserve spot stood Roger and Laura Brady’s Vinura Lola (Drymills Bridge Boy X Clonboy Lady). 

 

 

 

Moorland Lady Jane, supreme Champion with Nigel Leahy and James Leahy
Moorland Lady Jane, supreme Champion with Nigel Leahy and James Leahy

The 3rd placed mare, Moorlands Lady Jane (Boden Park Finnard X Star Bright) went on to win the 11yrs. and over Mare Class and finally the ultimate accolade, the Annaharvey Supreme Championship. For owner James Leahy, this was doubly joyful as his mare had also won this award last year.  Pic. courtesy of Ruth Rogers

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