Roundstone July Show ’13


Roundstone Show 2013                         Click on pic to enlarge

Senior Stallions Class
Senior Stallions Class

Roundstone Show was originally held as the first Pony Show of the newly established Connemara Pony Breeders Society in 1924 when the famously remembered ‘Ranji Singh’ from nearby Ballinahinch  Castle  performed the opening ceremony.   Now 89 years later the reinstated Show – in its 8th year as a modern event- takes place in the specially constructed Ring overlooking the beautiful vista of the Connemara mountains rising up from Roundstone Bay.  Paddy Yank McDonagh, new Chair Brian Mullen, and a hard-working committee, along with Friends and supporters, ensure the success of this July Show each year and the continuing good weather of recent weeks was an added bonus on the day this year.

 

Muffet, J.J. O'Neill, pic Tom Broderick
Muffet, J.J. O’Neill, pic Tom Broderick

The  golden dun, Caherlistrane Muffet (Killeragh Shadow X Miss Muffet) got the day off to a good start by taking the Yearling Filly Class for East Galway breeder/owner John Joe O’Neill.  

Creig Aine Cyclone, Cailin Conneely
Creig Aine Cyclone, Cailin Conneely

Cáilín Conneely made a short journey to the Show from nearby Lerrerdyfe with his Yearling Colt  Creig Aine Cyclone – by his own prize-winning stallion Letterdyfe Rírá and out of Creig Aine Cove –  and pipped Bernard Keaney’s  Murvey Rocco by Glencarrig Knight to take the Red Rosette. 

Caragh May, Padraig Heanue
Caragh May, Padraig Heanue

There were 10 young beauties in the TwoYear old Filly Class, (of 17 ponies entered in the catalogue),and Padraig and Nicola Heanue’s Caragh May (Dooneen Just Joey X Kippure Scarlett)  secured the top prize, while Beech Eagle (Monaghanstown Boy X Beech Girl) owned by Pat and Mary Rabbitt took the Blue Rosette all the way back to Co. Westmeath.

Noinin Cashel, Caroline Lydon
Noinin Cashel, Caroline Lydon

Caroline Lydon from Carraroe has been having a brilliant  season so far with her young mares and Nόinín Cashel (Currachmore Cashel X Silver Pearl) added another Red ribbon to her collection when she was promoted from 3rd place in this 8 – strong Class to take the winners slot in the final round-up of the Three Year old Filly Class.    

Hazelrock Mandate, Kieran McGrath
Hazelrock Mandate, Kieran McGrath

The Two and Three Year old Colt Class  consisted of six handsome ponies with 3  from each age group.  The first three choices of the Judges were a grey, a dun and a bay, in that order, ages being 3, 2 and 2 and all are home-bred.   First up was  Hazelrock Mandate (Currachmore Cashel X Hazelrock Rua), a colt of some substance and already a consistent winner for owner Kieran McGrath.   The runner-up was a quality dun Castle Emperor  (Castle Comet X Orphee Scheuacher) which was a Clifden Champion Foal for owner Peter O’Toole 2 years ago. His exotically named dam was bred in France by Yvonne Held.  

Junior Champion Caragh May, Paddy McDonagh

Junior Champion was Caragh May with Hazelrock Mandate in Reserve.

Enda Conneely & Paddy McDonagh
Enda Conneely & Paddy McDonagh

The Open Youth Class is aimed at encouraging young handlers to lead and show a pony correctly and it was won by Clifden Boy Enda Conneely leading his father’s 10 year old mare Glenellen’s Fancy (Blue Smokey X Fancy Phyllis).

Molly Timber Star, Feichin King
Molly Timber Star, Feichin King

Foals: 

Feichin and Kerry King are the owners of the Banks Timber sired Bunowen Castle Molly Timber Star (out of Bunowen Castle Star) which won the Filly Foal Class  and took the Foal Championship  

Foal by Dooneen Supermatch, Joe Killeen
Foal by Dooneen Supermatch, Joe Killeen

The winner of the Colt Foal Class  was a well-grown foal by Dooneen Supermatch out of Lough Mask Lee, owned and bred by Joe Killeen of Ballinrobe.  

 Stallions
The ringside was more crowded by this stage as spectators edged-in for a good viewing spot for the first Stallion Class, for Four to Six year old, in which  there were 5 good contenders.   Altogether the two stallion classes displayed 12 impressive ponies to stamp their presence in the Roundstone ring.

Contopomi Cashel, Bartley Conroy
Contopomi Cashel, Bartley Conroy

Ballyconneely’s Bartley Conroy with Contepomi Cashel was chosen for the top prize here.  He is a 6yr. old with impeccable breeding, being by Janus and out of Eamonn Burke’s incredible older mare Tolka Bridge, who bred Currachmore Cashel
and Cloonisle Cashel among many other good stock for the Burke family of Galway. His owner had him polished to a silvery sheen with waved mane and tail glistening in the bright afternoon sunlight.
Earl of Clonriff (Earl of Newbridge X Sonoma)  was the 2nd choice of the Judges.   Earl of Clonriff, owned by Cashel’s  Declan Ridge, was well-shown at Roundstone by veteran handler Padraig Hynes to take the Blue ribbon. 

Gurteen Cathal, Kevin Bolger
Gurteen Cathal, Kevin Bolger

The senior Class for Stallions 7 yrs. and Over, provided yet another win for Kevin Bolger with Gurteen Cathal (Coral Dun X Gurteen Star)   {Look back to the Claddaghduff blog to learn more of this 13 yr. old pony}.  Inverin’s Padraig Gannon was runner –up with his 7yr old Cornarone Hazy Lad (Fredericksminde Hazy Match X Atlantic Colette).

Mares:  

Canal Laura, Padraig Hynes
Canal Laura, Padraig Hynes

Padraig Hynes was in Red rosette place again in the Mares 4 – 6 Years Old with his own Canal Laura (Lecarrow King X Canal Linnett) followed closely into 2nd place by another 4yr. old, Kieran McGrath’s Hazelrock Arís by Currachmore Cashel out of Hazelrock Rua.  

Crusheen Gypsy, Val Noone
Crusheen Gypsy, Val Noone

In the class for Mares Seven to Twelve Years Old, the front-runner was Val Noone’s home-bred Crusheen Gypsy (Monaghanstown Fionn x Crusheen Connie).  Thomas and Fiona Grimes took 2nd place with Lishin Star (Glencarrig Prince X Dunlewy Lisheen)

Emloughmore Daisy, Malachy Gorham & Maria
Emloughmore Daisy, Malachy Gorham & Maria

The McAdam family from the U.S. are the sponsors of the ‘Old grey Mares class’ as Sue McAdam calls the Mare Thirteen Years & Over Class.   Sue and husband Claude travel halfway around the world from California  each July since the Show of 2006, to hit Roundstone in time to present their trophy and rosettes  to the winner of this penultimate  Mares class of the day.  This year’s winner was a Village Boy 15 year old matron out of Dark Beauty called Emloughmore Daisy, owner Malachy Gorham, whose young daughter Maria was delighted to take her on her ring lap of honour.  Lucky Anna (Westside Mirah X Lucky Lia) came into 2nd place with foal at foot, one of the few mares with foals at this year’s show.  The Bay Mare to win the red rosette in a Class of 6 was Johnny Conneely’s 4 yr. old D’arcy Eileen’s Janice (Janus X Eileen’s Pet)  sorry no photo. and Marty Keaney with Sweet Ferdia (Ferdia X Sweet Albany 2nd) )  stood in runner-up position.

Gurteen Cathal, Kevin Bolger
Gurteen Cathal, Kevin Bolger

The Supreme Champion Pony to emerge at the Final Judging of the day was the 13 yr old Gurteen Cathal.   After a nail-biting delay at choosing the Reserve Supreme,  a referee judge David Kealey was finally called upon  to choose between Canal Laura, Winner of the 4-6 Mares Class and the Young  Stallion Class Winner Contepomi Cashel,  it was the Stallion finally which was awarded the Reserve Championship 

Judges Ernie Somerville and Hazel Valentine from Kildare, were well pleased with the standard of ponies presented before them but were disappointed to see so few foals on the ground, especially in the Mare classes.   David Kealey, the Referee Judge, has previously Judged at Roundstone himself but feels that while the recession may have led to smaller numbers of foals being bred, “now people are breeding better ponies”  On this optimistic note let us offer congratulations to all who took part and call an end to the day of a very successful and spectator -friendly Show.
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4 thoughts on “Roundstone July Show ’13

  1. Hi Niamh,
    I don’t know whether it is worth correcting the record a year later, but the nail-biting finale at Roundstone 2013 was not about the Champion, Gurteen Cathal, regarding whom Judges Somerville and Valentine had no disagreement, but about which of two fine ponies was to be runner-up. Referee Judge Kealy was called in to decide whether Contepomi Cashel or Canal Laura should be named Reserve. Most if not all spectators and competitors assumed that the suspense was over the choice of Champion, but we heard from the horse’s mouth that it was not.
    Cheers,
    Susanna

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    1. Thank you Susanna for your helpful comment. Was it Contemponi Cashel or Canal Laura which was named Reserve Supreme? In my catalogue I see I have the Young stallion as Reserve. I will alter what I had written nearly a year ago as I am sure your correction is valid. Well done to you and your family for being such faithful Show Sponsors. Best wishes,Niamh

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      1. Niamh, your report was correct in every detail except which award was disagreed about. Just as you had it, Contepomi Cashel was the final choice for Reserve, but it was clearly a difficult decision on the day. We hope to see you next Sunday! Best, Susanna

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        1. Sue, Will I ever get that pony’s name correct! Sorry to say I hope to be at Ardrahan show next Sunday (There are actually 4 fairly local shows in the area this Sunday) but Ardrahan has Ridden and W.H. Connemaras which I hope to see there. Enjoy Roundstone.
          Best wishes, Niamh

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