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 be given the option of parading on Sunday at the Stallion parade. There will also be a filly inspection following the colt inspection in Clifden. Ponies movement will be assessed on the triangle for the first time.
The focus of Saturday afternoon will be Hoof Wall Separation Disease (HWSD). Veterinarian Kate Murray from Co. Roscommon will give a presentation on HWSD in the Station House Theatre at 3pm. Kate will explain what HWSD is, how it is carried, the implications of it, how to manage it and how to test for it.
The 2015 edition of An Capaillín will be launched at 7pm in the Station House Theatre and will be on sale for €12. Everyone is welcome to attend. Lucinda Kelly editor of An Capaillín says this year’s edition is “a must read for any Connemara pony enthusiast”.
In 2104 the Danish Connemara Pony Society celebrated its golden jubilee and in 2015 the Swedish Connemara Pony Society will celebrate its golden jubilee. Over the last fifty years fantastic friendships have been built through a common love for the Connemara pony and these two countries have made a huge economic contribution to Ireland both in terms of tourism and exports of Connemara ponies. Clare Oakes, judge and well known producer of Connemara ponies from Navan, Co. Meath will deliver the Bartley O’Sullivan lecture on Saturday evening at 8pm in the Station House Theatre which will concentrate on the remarkable relationship between the CPBS and its daughter societies in Denmark and in Sweden.
The Connemara pony stallion parade now in its eleventh year will start at 11.30am on Sunday morning in the Showgrounds. As well as being paraded in hand, for the first time stallions will have the option in competing in a 1m Show jumping competition featuring an attractive €1000 prize fund or a flat ridden class. There will also be a ridden class for four and five year old mares and geldings sponsored by Robbie and Barbara Fallon.
For more information or to download entry forms please visit www.cpbs.ie or find Connemara Pony Breeders’ Society on Facebook.