“An Capaillin” Launch & Photo Exhibition
The year Twenty Twelve is the 100thanniversary of what turned out to be a definitive event in the history of the formation of the Connemara Pony Breeders Society. On the Friday night of the weekend Festival the annual “An Capaillín” magazine was launched in the Abbeyglen Castle Hotel and the reception also included an exhibition of photos old and new connected to the area of South Connemara from which Michael O’Malley famously travelled two Connemara ponies all the way – by land and sea – to arrive in London in June 1912, to display the ponies in the Breed Parade of the International Horse Show at Olympia.
CPBS President, Andrew O’Donohue thanked all of the society members who had contributed articles and photographs to “An Capaillin” and he praised the Office staff who had taken on the extra workload of producing the magazine again this year.
It was a friendly get-together of local breeders and their overseas counterparts as Connemara Pony people mingled and met to renew old friendships on this social occasion. “An Capaillin” – with a fund of information, articles and photographs of 2011,is available from the Breeders Society at www.cpbs.ie
The Bartley O’Sullivan Lecture on Saturday night in the station House Theatre featured the well-known Connemara pony author Pat Lyne
who has given over a good portion of her life over the last forty years to the pursuit of researching the history of the both the breed and the breeders of Connemara ponies and has written many books on this topic.
In keeping with the theme of the weekend Pat gave an interesting and informative presentation on the life of Michael O’Malley, paying special tribute to this man who campaigned tirelessly to preserve what was then a dying breed. He made an immense contribution to the continuation and to the improvement of the breed. Pat was introduced by breeder/author and emeritus President of the Society, Tom McLochlainn. Michael O’Malley must have been there in spirit as his son Frank and Frank’s four adult children were all present. The Bartley O’Sullivan presentation booklet, which features a handsome Michael O’Malley on it’s cover, is available in the Clifden Station House Museum
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