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Council Meeting Report

Council Meeting Report

The CPBS Council convened last night in the Westwood Hotel for its October meeting. Dr. Jack Murphy’s eagerly awaited discussion document was circulated. A copy of the report can be downloaded below. Dr. Murphy hopes members and breeders will read and discuss it and provide feedback on it. The Council discussed it at length last night. Overheight ponies and their place in the studbook was discussed. Following discussion it was agreed that Blue Eyed Creams should be on the next agenda and a decision made on whether or not they should be eligible for Class one. The possibility of testing all foals born for the BEC gene and HWSD will also be on the next agenda. it was agreed that all colts presented for Classification from Spring 2016 will have to be tested for HWSD. The report recommended thorough, ongoing training for all inspectors and constant renewing of the inspection panel.  Dr. Murphy will meet the Council next week to explore the report further.

Niamh Philbin presented the results of the online survey conducted after this year’s Connemara Pony Festival to the Council. A number of areas for improvement were noted and it was suggested to put a review committee in place to look at all aspects of the festival. It was widely accepted that the ridden classes should be on a separate day to the in-hand classes and it was felt it may be beneficial to include Saturday as an extra day. The Marketing committee is now looking at archiving old photos and producing An Capaillín. The committee is also looking at a format for an awards scheme for breeders and ponies.

The President nominated the following people to form the Grievance and Complaints committee:

Hugh Musgrave

John Riordan

Henry Whyte

Clare Oakes

Catriona O’Toole

Mary Coyne

Niamh Melody

Catherine Baker

Michael Duffy

Noel Sweeney


Jim Mullaney gave the following inspection report from the Autumn inspections:

Clifden Colts, 10 presented, 9 Class One, 1 Class two.

Mullingar Colts, 18 presented, 11 Class one, 7 Class two.

Claremorris Fillies, 80 presented, 78 Class one, 2 Class two.

Donegal Fillies, 14 presented, 14 Class one.

Clifden Fillies, 36 presented, 36 Class one.

Mullingar Fillies, 39 presented, 39 Class one.

Goresbridge Fillies, 14 presented, 14 Class one.

Jerry Mahon presented proposed job descriptions for the President, Vice-President and HR Officer as set out by the Memorandum and Articles committee. He also presented a Code of Conduct for exhibitors. All documents were adopted by the Council. The huge amount of work being done by the Memorandum and Articles committee, the Marketing committee and Dr. Jack Murphy was acknowledged by the Council.

A refresher course for judges will take place on Sunday 15th November. Only judges who attend will be considered eligible to judge in Clifden or to inspect in 2016.

The next meeting of the Council will take place on Monday 16th November.

Connemara Pony Discussion Document October 2015



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