CPBS Christmas Weekend
The Connemara Pony Breeders’ Society has an exciting weekend planned for Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th December. On Saturday the annual Christmas Show will take place in Creagh Equestrian Centre, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway. Starting at 11am there will be a colt foal class followed by a filly foal class. Each class features a prize fund of €500. The winner will also receive a Galway Crystal Trophy and Perpetual Plaque.
Cul Bán Mistress has achieved phenomenal success in showjumping recently and her owner Clive Swindell will be presented with the 2015 Connemara Pony Performance Award. Cul Bán Mistress will make a guest appearance at the show. Also making an appearance on the day will be Santa Claus on his Connemara Pony.
In the afternoon the CPBS will host its first ever Showjumping competition featuring a total prize fund of €1000. There will be three classes, a 70-80cms, a 90cms and a metre class. The metre class is generously sponsored by Horse Sport Ireland.
There will be a festive atmosphere on the day with mulled wine and mince pies and everyone is invited to attend.
On Sunday a Connemara Pony Conference will take place in Hayden’s Hotel, Baliinasloe from 12 noon. A number of topics will be discussed. Dr. Alan Fahey will present the findings of his study on in-breeding in the Connemara Pony Population. Paul Flynn from Weatherbys will present the results of a test being carried out on Hoof Wall Separation Disease. Dr. Jack Murphy will discuss Inspections and Classification. Áine O’Callaghan a known producer of performance ponies will speak on Performance Connemara Ponies – Past, Present and Future. This conference will be of huge interest and benefit to all breeders and owners of Connemara Ponies. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.
The CPBS has produced a Calendar featuring paintings from the recent Art competition. All proceeds will go to Connemara Therapeutic Riding. The calendar will be available to purchase at both of the above events priced at €10.