97th Annual Connemara Pony Show
97TH ANNUAL CONNEMARA PONY SHOW
Clifden, Tuesday 9th to Friday 12th August, 2022
For reasons explained last October, this year’s show is being held in the second week of August, and will be a four day show. The dates will revert to the third week in 2023.
As with all events, the ground staff, stewards, show committee and sponsors are the backbone and mainstay, and amongst these particularly the many who volunteer. The CPBS is extremely appreciative of the efforts exerted by all those who work and contribute on their behalf to achieve this.
Changes have been made to the schedule to enhance and reflect a deeper awareness of the breed. The CPBS is a breed society and the condition of the rings is of utmost importance to show appreciation of breeding stock, the foundation of any pony. This year new in hand classes enable a Broodmare Championship and there is a much desired division in the stallion classes (4-6 years and 7+). A mini young handlers’ class and the existing 10 to 15 years young handlers will encourage breeders of the future.
To accommodate ground condition and new classes in all sections, and ensure the smooth running of the show it is necessary that in hand day is Wednesday, followed by the ridden classes and some working hunter classes on Thursday, the jumps and equipment necessary for Friday’s working hunter classes now being in place to permit an efficient and early start that morning.
Over the years to exhibit the versatility and wide appeal of the pony, ridden and performance classes have been incorporated and proved immensely popular. New classes for the Thursday and Friday include: a ridden class for smaller ponies and young riders, namely 13.2hh and under for riders under 14; a working hunter class for the 13.2hh and under; and a performance working hunter class (phase two removed).
Finally, Tuesday has been developed to embrace the All Ireland Connemara Pony Loose Jumping Championships. With a 10am start there will be two championships, one for three year olds, and followed by four year old mares. With an enhanced prize fund and breeder prize the Championships hope to attract a good standard of athleticism and increased entries. There are no qualifiers.