A soft day at Roundstone it was, e.g. lots of mist on the bogs and plenty of rain and wind to keep any trace of the sun at bay all day long. Even though many competitors came, yet the Ring seemed noticeably uncrowded all day. The Judges turned up and announcer Ado Kenny was there to keep people informed of Results. Show pioneer Paddy Yank McDonagh was there too, as he has been ever since the first Roundstone Show was held in this location halfway up Errisbeg Mountain ten years ago. The young Chairman Brian Mullen kept the flag flying and the Show – with 17 In Hand Classes – ran smoothly on track as usual. A picture of the recently deceased Tomás Ó Máille of Carraroe, a lifelong Connemara pony breeder and Show supporter, was displayed on the Catalogue cover and the Show was dedicated to this committed pony owner. Photographer Tom Broderick kindly sent me three photos of the Junior Champion and Reserve and also the Foal Champion.
Niamh’s Weblog – waiting in vain for the storm to clear – was pretty late arriving at Farrell’s field, but got hold of the Catalogue and started snapping for the last 3 or 4 classes of the day. Junior Champion was the Yearling Filly winner, Gearoid Curran’s Glencarrig Princess Katie (Glencarrig Knight X Glencarrig Princess)
The top pony in the Two and Three Year old Colts,
Joe Burke’s Aniar Cashel, age 3. (Banks Timber X Gowlane Star),was chosen as the Reserve Junior Champion.
The Champion Foal, came from the ranks of the Fillies, Bartley Conroy’s Emlaughmore Heather (Dunloughan Troy X Doonhill Lass) and
both Judges commented afterwards that the Foals in particular at Roundstone were outstanding, showing bone and depth as well as quality.
After the Foal Championship came the young Four to Six Year old Stallions.
Cahanagh’s Golden Boy (Western Boy X Belle Fire) a dun five year old, took the Honours in this Class for owner Ann Conroy Conneely.
The Senior Stallions, Seven Years & Over Class, was won by Mairtin Nee’s 7 yr. old Doonreaghan Marty (Coolilaun Cushlawn X Doonreagh Star). This home-bred star from the Nee family in Cashel. This stallion has been a prolific rosette winner at Shows since he made his debut Show appearance as a yearling Colt.
.The four Mare Classes produced some lovely ponies.
Owner/Breeder Eleanor Curran’s 6 yr, old mare Glencarrig Scarlett (Glencarrig Prince X Fairy Hill Helen) was shown by her brother Patrick to win the Mare Four to Six years old Class. In Class 14, Mare Seven to Twelve years olds the Catalogue featured many regular Show winners.
Lucky Secret (Tulira Roebuck X Lucky Mvourneen) won the Red Rosette and Johnny Conneely Cup for Claregalway owner Sinéad Lusby McGrath when the 12 year old mare won her Class.
Both Judges described Class 15 for Mare ThirteenYears & Over as “a great Class” and of these mature mares, the eldest was 26 years old.
Sean Conneely’s 13 year old Glen Ellen’s Fancy (Blue Smokie X Fancy Phillis)was awarded the Red Rosette. Family at the ringside were well pleased with their family’s mare who showed her good movement in the Ring.
The Bay Mare Class was won by Mayo couple Tomás and Fiona Grimes, with their Marchesi Ocean Pearl (Illaunurra Lad X Beachmount Ocean Jewel).
And now finally the Champion Connemara of Roundstone Show was to be selected. The Champion’s Sash and Trophy was presented to the Mairtin Nee owned Doonreaghan Marty, and a delighted Noel Nee received the Roundstone Cup from Show Chairman, Brian Mullen. Reserve Champion was Sean Conneely’s Glen Ellen’s Fancy. The Judges spoke highly of both Champion and Reserve as having good bone, substance and quality.
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