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Connemara Pony Elite Sales 2015

We are pleased to announce that almost all details for the upcoming 2015 Elite Sale have been finalised. They are as follows: Selection Days: There are 3 Selection Days planned. The northern selection day: The Meadows Equestrian Center, Embankment Rd., Lurgan Co. Armagh BT666FD Mon. 6th April The southern selection day: Thurles Equestrian Center, Thurles, Co. Tipperary Sat. 11th April The western / eastern selection day: Athlone Equestrian Center Moydrum, Athlone, Co. Westmeath. Sun. 12th April All venues are subject to entry numbers, and all have a 10a.m. start. Selection Day Entries: The price of entry to the...

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CPBS Council Meeting

The Council of the CPBS held its January meeting last night. It was agreed that a memorial service for deceased breeders will be held on the Wednesday of Show week in Clifden. A memorial book will be opened and family members of the deceased are asked to submit their names. The following sub-committees were formed: Breeding Committee - Ciaran Curran, Patrick Keaney, Keith Murray Education Committee - Kevin Bolger, Dermot Power, Andy O'Donoghue Inspection Committee - Jim Mullaney, Gearóid Curran, Keith Murray International Committee - Padraic Heanue, Dermot Power, Andy O'Donoghue Marketing & Promotion Committee - Niamh...

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Bartley O’Sullivan Lecture

The 2015 Bartley O Sullivan Lecture will be presented by Dr. Eithne O Connell at the Station House Theatre in Clifden on Saturday March 28th at 8p.m. The lecture's working title is 'The Scandinavian Connection' and will focus on the founding of the Danish(1964) and the Swedish(1965) societies, both celebrating 50 years. Dr. O Connell's father, Michael, who managed the Lambay herd for Lord Revelstroke played a key role in the development of both herds....

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Happy New Year

Michael Clancy, Graham Tulloch and Paddy King were among the prize winners at Clifden in 1964. At a time when duns proliferated the studbook, Ardnasillagh Honey, Macdara and Lambay Rebel were three good ones that were in the ribbons on the day. The outside blood was popular with Clonkeehan Auratum and Camlin Cicada siring all the young stock winners. Frances Lee Norman swept the boards and Tim Cotter and Tommy Kelly were still in the middle of the ring forty years after they judged their first show at Roundstone in 1924. It...

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Are you the new Page 3 Jockey of 2014?

We're running a competition where riders have a chance to feature on Page 3 of the 2014 "An Capaillin"! The winner will receive a photo shoot with their Connemara and have editorial on their successes with their pony. To enter, all you have to do is send an email with no more than 50 words on why you should be our Page 3 Jockey of 2014 and include one photo. Entries close on Tuesday 23rd December 2014 and all submissions will be posted to the CPBS Facebook page. The winner...

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Council Meeting Report

The CPBS Council met last night Tuesday 16th December for their last meeting of 2014, where it was agreed to hold a Council meeting on the second Monday of every month. The 2015 AGM was set for Sunday 11th October. Following a huge amount of discussion and suggestions the Council agreed that an independent Chairperson will select a committee of four members, one from each province, to pick the judges for Clifden Show. All eligible judges will be written to in the coming days to see if they wish to...

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Dec 15 2014

Christmas Show a great success

The second ever CPBS Christmas took place at Creagh Equestrian Centre on Saturday.  Despite the delayed start in the morning due to the Working Hunter moving indoors, there was a great turnout of entries and spectators. The morning Working hunter classes started just after 10.30 and were followed by a Dressage demonstration from Alana Cazabon Sullivan and then a Christmas themed musical ride from the Clegganbay Riding Centre (santa hats, reindeer noses on ten grey Connemara ponies).  The obstacle course took place with a tricky course designed by Cathriona Goaley followed by...

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An Capaillín

The new edition of An Capaillín is currently being compiled and we are delighted to have Lucinda Kelly on board as our editor. Lucinda is a member of the CPBS who is passionate about performance ponies and who breeds from home in Wicklow. Lucinda works in marketing strategy for one of UK and Ireland's leading bookmakers, Paddy Power. Her expertise in marketing strategies and passion for the pony should help us to deliver an even better publication at the end of the year. We would really appreciate some feedback on...

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