A look at Connemara Ponies In-Hand at Annaharvey
We arrived in time to see many beautiful ponies, among them were the fillies in the 3yr. old Class which
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
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
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.
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.
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.
In Reserve spot stood Roger and Laura Brady’s Vinura Lola (Drymills Bridge Boy X Clonboy Lady).
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