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Connemara Pony Elite Sale

Connemara Pony Elite Sale

The Connemara Pony Elite Sales Group (CPESG) are very pleased to announce the latest details for the planned Elite Sale of performance Connemara Ponies in 2014.

The sales process will consist of two Selection Days, held in Athlone Equestrian Centre on Sunday 23rd February and Sunday 2nd March 2014. Ponies that qualify for selection may advance to the Exhibition Sale. The three assessors for the selection days are Mr. Ian Fearon, Mr. Tom Slattery, and Mr. Jack Doyle – all top class performance specialists.

All ponies must be turned out and presented to a high standard. All ponies will have photographs and videos taken on their selection day by Tadhg Ryan, of Scarteen, Limerick, which will be used for cataloguing for the Exhibition Sale. These images and videos will be made available to all competitors, for their own promotional use, regardless of selection outcome.

The CPESG hope to qualify approximately 60 ponies for the Exhibition Sale on the 28th of March 2014 as part of the 2014 Connemara Pony Spring Festival.

The sale will now officially launch the Connemara Pony Breeders Society’s annual Festival, and will be opened by Prof. Pat Wall (chairperson, Horse Sport Ireland) and Ms. Marian Harkin (MEP) at Duffy’s Equestrian Centre, Claregalway. Those ponies that have been selected for sale will be showcased on-site at Duffy’s. This will be followed by a video auction that evening, run by Connemara Pony Sales Co. on behalf of the CPESG, in the Ardilaun Hotel, Galway City.

For further details on the Spring Festival contact the CPBS offices at [email protected], or visit the CPBS website at www.cpbs.ie.
For further details on Connemara Pony Sales Co., email [email protected], or visit their website at www.connemaraponysales.com.

The Connemara Pony Elite Sales Group will be launching their own website over the Christmas break – www.cpesg.info – from which full details, contact info, entry forms, and the latest updates will be  available. All information, and further contact details are currently available from the Group’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ConnemaraPonyEliteSales, or you can contact the Group’s chair, Michael Flanagan, directly on 086 3680885 or via email by [email protected].

For those looking to enter their ponies, the following criteria will apply:

Ponies of the following heights may compete in either of four disciples of Riding, Show Jumping, Working Hunter, and Eventing:

– Show Jumping Ponies – catering for ponies of 128cm, 138cm, 148cm and over in height.
– Working Hunter Ponies – catering for ponies of 138cm to 153cm in height.
– Cross Country / Eventing Ponies – catering for ponies of 148cm in height.
– Flat Ridden Ponies – catering for 4yo and over ponies.

Riders may select from the following course styles:

– a Jump / Cross style (a mixture of show jumps and natural-type fences),
– a Show Jumping style,
– a Cross Country style.
– Riding ring.

Ponies will be divided broadly into three age groups for fair and balanced competition:

– 3yo Future Performance ponies, loose jumping fences up to 1m in height.
– 4yo Performance ponies jumping over fences from 70cm to 90cm in height.
– 5yo and over Performance ponies jumping over fences from 90cm in height.
– 4yo and over Riding ponies.

The Working Hunter pony will be asked to jump fences and perform simple school exercises.

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