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News & Updates from Connemara Pony Breeders Society

Council Meeting Report

The Council of the CPBS held it's third meeting of 2015 last night. The memorandum and articles review committee reported that after taking all submissions into consideration it is almost ready to present the first draft of the proposed amendments. The marketing committee is undertaking market research and members of the Society will be invited to participate in an online survey. Two bus tours are being organised as part of Show week. One will visit the Letterfrack and Renvyle area and the other will visit Ballyconneely and Cashel. Funding has been applied for...

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Connemara Pony Spring Festival

As the pony breeding season commences the Connemara Pony Breeders’ Society is planning its annual Connemara Pony Spring Festival. The festival takes place from Friday 27th March to Sunday 29th March. Traditionally focusing on Connemara stallions, this year will continue that theme with a few new additions to the programme. Colt inspections will be carried out over two days with the first inspection centre being in Mullingar, Co. Westmeath starting at 10am. Day two of the colt inspections will start at 10am in Clifden. Colts that achieve Class one status will...

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CPBS Sponsorship of €150 to the top placed Connemara in the Novice Eventing League

Ms. Ann Reade from the CPBS Performance Committee presenting a cheque and rosette to Emma Kennedy. Emma and her Connemara pony Laburnum Ineer (2005 ex: Starlit (by: Maam Hill) and by Coosheen Stormboy) were awarded the prize for the highest placed Connemara in the Novice Eventing League. Bred by Mr. Seamus McDonagh from Inverin, Co Galway. Emma and Laburnum Ineer (aka Merlin) have had a very successful partnership and were placed 19th at the European Championships in Millstreet during the Summer. Merlin has since been sold to the UK. Get...

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USA Bound

Lot 267 sold at Clifden sales yesterday was sold to the USA.  Safe trip and great to see American buyers purchasing from Clifden....

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Show Jumping Competition for Class One Stallions

The Show jumping competition to be held on Sunday 29th March will be over a metre course and not 1 metre 10 as originally advertised. The competition is for Class One stallions and riders need to be 14 years on 01/01/2015, there is no upper age limit for riders. The competition will be two rounds with all clear rounds going through to the second round which will be against the clock. There is a prize fund of €1000. Entry forms will be sent out to all stallion owners early next...

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Hoof Wall Syndrome Disease Presentation

There will be a HWSD (Hoof Wall Syndrome Disease) presentation in CLIFDEN 3pm Saturday 28 March at the Theatre in the Station House Hotel.  It is open to all interested people, all Connemara breeders, and owners Padraic Heanue has organized this event so veterinary surgeon, Kate Murray (MRCVS, MVB), can give her talk on HWSD, that she presented at the last CPBS council meeting. This is an opportunity for Irish breeders, international visitors/breeders and council members to attend, learn about clinical signs of HWSD, the implications for the breed, and how to...

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Hoof Wall Separation Disease

Hoof Wall Separation Disease was discussed at length at the CPBS Council meeting on Monday 9th of February. Veterinarian Kate Murray outlined the symptoms and implications of the disease and explained how it is genetically inherited. Connemara pony breeders are well placed to manage the disease as its management is exactly the same as that of the Blue Eyed Cream gene. Breeders are encouraged to test all breeding stock before the breeding season commences. The test is currently available from UC Davis at a cost of €35 approx and results...

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