This mature stallion, Gleann Rua Maxwell, has been in his rider’s family since he was born to their good mare Moonlight. He is by Westside Fred and rider Lorna Murphy’s mother Beatrice is the breeder.
Lorna and Maxwell have had a really good season last year and this year to date, and he rose to the occasion at Galway County Show when he was judged Connemara Performance Champion.
Last year he had performed flawlessly in the Ring at the Oughterard Performance Connemara Championships, winning both the ridden Stallion class and taking the highest award, the Supreme Championship.
Maxwell is no stranger to the Oughterard Showgrounds as he had been placed top of the line with younger sister Grace in the All Ireland Connemara Pony Ridden Championship some years ago. Lorna takes him hunting during the winter with the Galway Blazers and he is a master cross-country pony.
A mare who is doing very well this year is Tulira Katie Daly and rider Elaine Craven. She comes from Lady Anne Hemphill’s famous Tulira Stud in East Galway and is by New Beginnings out of Tulira Mary Claire. At the recent Galway County Show, she won both her Ridden and Working Hunter Connemara Classes for riders under 16 and was awarded the Reserve Supreme Performance Connemara Rosette. She had also won the red in both these classes at the Dartfield IPS Show in late May,
Katie Daly has often been in the ribbons with other young riders in the past, most notably with Sorcha North when the Supreme ‘Gowla it’s Kool’ Performance Championship came the way of this intrepid pair at Oughterard in August of 2003.
More recently she was successfully competed by Vicki Gallagher. A top all rounder, she has evented and hunter trialled also.
Elaine Creaven she came 2nd in the newly introduced Connemara Working Hunter Class at the RDS, Ireland’s premier Horse Show, jumping a stylish clear on a rain-sodden course which included a fixed bank. She was one of 20 Connemara ponies chosen on their recent performance to enter this competition. She came 3rd the following day in the large and highly contested under 16 Ridden Class. Congratulations are due to Elaine and this14 year old mare who have won practically every Working Hunter Class they have entered this season. Another Working Hunter Championship at Clifden was the icing on the cake for this pair.
On August 6th with Next came Oughterard: The International Connemara Performance Championships saw this pony win the Junior Derby Class and come 2nd in the Ridden Championship on day one and 2nd in the Powers Quarry Cannon Ball championship on the Sunday of the Show in classes with top class performers all round. Pic by Enda Noone