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News & Updates from Connemara Pony Breeders Society

Council Meeting Report

The CPBS Council convened for its first meeting of 2016 yesterday in Ballinasloe. It was agreed to include Health and Safety on every Council meeting agenda in future. The main part of the meeting was devoted to forming sub committees and assigning roles and responsibilities to the sub committees. Each committee was asked to submit a plan and a budget before the next Council meeting on 31st January. The following sub committees were formed: Marketing & Education Noel Brett (Chairperson) Peter O’Malley Noel Farrell Philip Morgan Tom MacLochlainn Breeding & Inspection Keith Murray (Chairperson) Jim Mullaney Kevin Bolger Eamon McDonagh Andy O’Donoghue Performance...

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SÚIL SIAR

As 2015 draws to a close it is fitting to review the year’s highlights. The E.G.M. that put in place the new Memorandum and Articles was the big success of the early summer. This was followed by a successful annual show in August where the number of ridden ponies were a sight to behold (even in the rain). The big numbers of showjumping ponies at Creagh in December for the Christmas Show was a third, if unexpected, spectacular highlight. Dr. Jack Murphy’s Discussion Paper and the Education Conference gave us...

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Don’t swim in the sea

Hey guys. If all those humanoids are putting their feet up (all two of them) why shouldn't we? Equality Fraternity and all that! So have a break all you colts and fillies. Enjoy yourselves, but for God sake, and this a real neigh neigh, don't swim in the sea!!...

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Nollaig Shona

The CPBS wishes all it's members and Connemara Pony lovers everywhere a happy and peaceful Christmas. As we provide food and shelter for the ponies, lets spare a thought for the unfortunate homeless and refugees who are without either. Nollaig Shona....

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Christmas Weekend Report

The Connemara Pony Breeders’ Society hosted a Christmas weekend in Ballinasloe last weekend. On Saturday a colt foal and a filly foal class took place in Creagh Equestrian Centre. The colt foal class was won by Woodford Diamond (by Kilmore Diamond) owned by Gayle Farrell and the filly foal class was won by Brian Mullen’s Gurteen Maeve (by I Love You Melody). Seventy five ponies competed in four showjumping classes with a total prize fund of €1800. Five ponies jumped clear in the 70 -80cms class. The 90cms class was won...

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Education Conference

Yesterdays educational conference provided the CPBS with a host of facts and figures which will certainly impact on its policies in the coming years. There is good news on the inbreeding coefficient in that it hasn't increased in the last ten years and remains at an average of 4.4%. There was very good news on HWSSD in that only 1% of the 230 randomly selected and tested were affected by the disease. The carrier status was more sobering with 19%, being carriers and this will need attention, more details to follow....

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Showjumping Success

  The unqualified success of the show jumping programme at the Creagh Christmas Show begs the question why this did not happen before now. Seventy-five ponies jumped in the four competitions, 80, 90, 1m and 1.10, most of them in two competitions. Despite the torrential rain and flooding, the showjumpers seemed to come out of the woodwork for what was somewhat of a watershed in how we market our pony. There will obviously be a lot more ‘days like this’. Sincerest gratitude to the Carey family of the Creagh Equestrian Centre, Clive...

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New Officers Elected

The new Council of the CPBS held their first meeting last night in Ballinasloe. Tom MacLochlainn remains on as President. Jim Mullaney was re-elected as Vice-President. Philip Morgan was elected as Finance Officer and Jerry Mahon was elected as Human Resources Officer. It was agreed to put four sub committees in place, Breeding and Inspection Committee, Show and Grounds Committee, Marketing and Education Committee, and Performance and International Committee. Each Council member spoke about their vision for the Society and Council members will be elected to sub committees at the...

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