Roundstone Show ’10

Filly Foal Class at Roundstone
Droichead Lady Bawn,’where are we now’

There is a friendly atmosphere around the Show-grounds in Roundstone that derives mainly from  the welcome given by the Committee, from the Chairman down, to all and sundry who come to visit on Show-day. Whether their interest is the Connemara ponies, the sheep, the dogs, meeting friends or McHugh’s fat sandwiches! or the wonderful views from Errisbeg Hill where the Show area has been carved into the hillside, they are sure to enjoy a good lively day-out.

Aramis with rider Siobhan Cazabon Sullivan

The Show builds on its success by introducing new features each year and 2010 was no different with the introduction of a Dressage demonstration and commentary that explained all. To see a gorgeous Westphalian German Dressage horse perform graceful advanced manoeuvres against a backdrop of Connemara mountains was indeed a sight to behold.

Derryeighter Freya, Patrick King

The Connemara Ponies were outstanding too, with healthy entries in all Classes.  In the Yearling Fillies, it was Patrick King’s Derryeighter Freya (Linsfort Barney-Pride of the West) who was first past the post, just as she has done at some recent western Shows.

Doonreaghan Marty, Noel Nee

Her opposite number in the seven strong Colts Class was Máirtín Nee’s sprightly yearling Doonreaghan Marty who is no stranger to the ribbons in his short showing life.  Handled by Noel Nee he is by Coolillaun Cushlawn out of the home-bred Doonreaghan Star and he was later judged Reserve Junior Champion  Thirteen  two-year old Fillies made a fine display as they  showed their paces in the ring and it was Kieran McGrath’s Hazlelrock Star (Glencarrig Prince X Smokey Star), fresh from her Boswell Supreme Championship, who caught the Judges eye as she went by.  Mary McCann and Scottish vet. Fiona Cameron, also later awarded her the Junior Championship.

Hazelrock Star,Junior Champ. Kieran McGrath
Judges Mary McCann & Fiona Cameron

Both Judges commented on the fact that too much condition was carried by many of the younger stock  Later, at the end of a long day, (seventeen Classes judged) Fiona Cameron spoke of her impressions “The standard overall was very high  and there were outstanding young ponies there, who could hold their own in any company.  But one or two younger ponies were slightly light of bone with long cannons and some- both young and old- were carrying far too much condition; this made them round over the withers and affected their action, causing them to “paddle”

She had high praise  for the Supreme Champion and Reserve who “were of similar type, very correct and moved very well”

Bridie Devane & Fay, Grey Realtin & Feichin King

A ripple of approval spread through the crowd as Ballyconneely’s Feichín King was awarded the red rosette and the Marty Devane Challenge Cup for his home-bred three year old Filly, Grey Réaltín (Tempo Active Atlas X Réalt na Mara). It was a really strong Class, eleven in all with lots of former winners vying for the prizes.

Errismore Rocky & Patrick Conneely

There were five two or three year old Colts in the next Class and the Judges choice here was the prolific winner, Ann Conroy / Patrick Conneely’s three year old Errismore Rocky (Currachmore Cashel X Gold Label) who had won all before him last year at Roundstone.

Rosscon windy Lady, Maeve Conneely,Noel Noonan,Paddy McDonagh

Maeve Conneely made her mark when capturing the top prixe in the Young Handlers Class, showing Noel Noonan’s Rosscon Windy Lady (Laerkens Cascade Dawn  X Winnie)    This 4 yr, old was to gather a few more laurels when she later won the 4 – 6 yr.old Mares Class and the Reserve Championship.   

John Joe O’Neill’s filly foal winner with Gerry McCormack

The Mickey Mullen Perpetual Cup went home with John Joe O’Neill  when his dun  foal by Caherlistrane Prince X Laragh Bay) won the filly foal Class.

Ml. & Deirdre Holmes and Champion foal Carnane Commander

The Foal Championship went to the colt foal winner Michael and Deirdre Holmes’ Carnane Commander (Skousbou Morning Rock X Robe Moonlight)

Sixteen foals with their dams were in competition between the  two Foal Classes.

Now “roll of drums” here come the Stallions in all their fiery splendour.

Clooneile Cashel & Joe Burke

From an entry on the field of ten the honours went to Eamon Burke’s Clooneile Cashel (Cloonisle Cashel X Tolka Bridge)  (Tolka Bridge,the great old broodmare went to her meadow in the sky not so long ago at the age of 37)

Glencarrig Lexus & Michelle Conroy O’Brien

A close runner-up here was Ann O’Brien Conroy’s Village Boy stallion son, Glencarrig Lexus who is out of Coosheen Breeze) who won this Class plus the Championship, was it two or three years ago?.  This time round the pony was confidently shown by Ann’s daughter Michelle.

Manninard Springeen with Joe Burke
Misty & Tom Bourke
Talitha Diamond &; grandfather Liam, Show Queen Michelle McQuinn

The first and 2nd prizewinners in the Gelding Class spanned three generations as Liam Diamond with Ballyshell Tommy (Loughlun Sadat X Killane Queen )stood ahead of his granddaughter Talitha with her pony Berties Prince (Emo Bertie X Con  Summer Song) 

Dooneen Starlight & Peter Molloy

In the final Class of the day before the Championship, the Bay Mare Class, Peters Molloy’s young mare Dooneen Starlight  by Silver Shadow out of Dooneen Castle was head of the Class.

John Luskin presents his Champ. Trophy to Eamon Burke with Clooneile Cashel

Champion and Reserve Sashes went respectively to Clooneile Cashel and Rosscon Windy Lady, and the Championship John Luskin Trophy was presented to Eamonn Burke by the esteemed John Luskin himself. 

 The dark clouds had already shed a quota of rain before the Show came to a close just before seven and all the day’s prizewinners made their way down to the Village for the traditional uphill run of prizewinners and the applause of
Rosscon Windy Lady, Noel Noonan & Paddy McDonagh

bystanders who had waited for this moment.

‘I’m off outa here’
Show Chairman Paddy thanks all who came to the Show

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