Spring Festival ’11 Green Working Hunter, Colt Inspections


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Green Working Hunter Clinic                        All Pics. © Niamh’s Weblog

Phillip Scott

The Clinic run by Philip Scott on Saturday, gave spectators an introduction to the newly introduced Connemara Green Working Hunter Competition. Young Ciara Connolly and her veteran 16 yr.old gelding, Gleann Rua Hoodwink (Abbeyleix Owen-Gleann rua Morning Mist), were guinea pigs for the afternoon Clinic.     Philip talked his audience through the normal turnout of pony and rider and stressed the importance of the pony going forward with  rhythm and balance.

Ciara Connolly, Gleann Rua Hoodwink

The session included a practical demonstration of the best way to tackle a Working Hunter course, including the marking system of  jumps and way-of-going, and its two phase flat-work and conformation stage.

This new competition – aimed to encourage those with young ponies – was introduced this year by the Breeders Society for registered Connemara ponies four years old with rider any age. It is set to run at two qualifiying Shows this season, namely at Corrandulla, Co.Galway in the West and  Boswell in Wicklow in the East of the country.  The Final, is billed for the Wednesday of Clifden Show Week this August.

Siobhan Sullivan as Riding Judge

A riding judge will assess the rideability of each pony, this being a departure from the usual W.H format.  The class is open to geldings, mares and stallions (rider over 14) and snaffle bridles will be used.  Philip’s thorough presentation and humorously factual answers to questions left a knowledgeable audience going home well-informed on this new competition..  There will be more information available shortly on this new competition from www.cpbs.ie.

Colt Inspections   (If you have a picture of your Colt who became Class 1 at Clifden I will add it to the gallery if you email me a Pic.to niamhodoc@eircom.net )   Of thirty seven pure-bred Connemara colts catalogued for Friday’s Colt inspections, seventeen were passed and deemed worthy to receive the Connemara Society’s Class One merit.  Henrietta Knight, Clare Oakes and Padraig Hynes, with input from Phillip Scott (jump) and farrier John McLoughlin, made the difficult decisions to either accept or reject, as licensed stallions, all colts which came before them.  The young colts – mainly just three years.old – were judged on conformation, type, athleticism and movement while loose-jumping over two low fences was part of the test.  There was a more senior colt there, a grade A show-jumper who has made quite a name for himself over the past four years, and the judges were happy to accept the nine year old Menlo Boy (Castlestrange Fionn – Festy Lady) into the Class One stallion ranks.  All colts had already passed a visual and veterinary process at an earlier date in order to qualify for the final phases at Clifden.  Inspections at the well-manicured show-grounds went on all day before an appreciative and knowledgeable crowd in beautifully clear and sunny weather   This Weblog does not unfortunately have pictures of all the newly-passed stallions, but here’s a number in the Gallery.  Click on pic. to  enlarge.  

 

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