CPBS Christmas Show 2019
The Connemara Pony Breeders’ Society held its Sixth Annual Christmas Show at Creagh Equestrian Centre, Ballinasloe on Sunday 15th December. A 9am start had been planned but with freezing temperatures and icy roads jumping didn’t get underway until 10am with the 70cm class. There were five double clears out of a total of twelve entries with Jack O’Shaughnessy (Ballinamore Sweetwall Lady), Lara Field (Creganna Kerfuffle), Vivienne Naughton (Cloonross), Michaela McCarroll (Corbo Bobby) and Emma Kella (Fortruane Bramble Earl) shared the prize fund of 150 euros. This class was sponsored by Ballinasloe Credit Union and Murray Feeds, Ballinasloe, Co Galway.
The 80 cm course (sponsored by Gullanes Hotel and Finbarr Ward) had a total of ten competitors going against the clock. Karen Fox on Roadside Caitriona made the grade here with a time of 40.32 secs, closely followed Vivienne Naughton and Cloonross in second place. Chequerhill Water Lily and Jack Martin came in third with 45.85 secs. Competition was tight with three double clears in the 90 cm, sponsored by Larch Hill Sports Horses. Roger Joyce’s Aughnanure Leo ridden by Joshua Joyce took first prize in a time of 32.64 secs, followed by Aine McLoughlin (March Thunderball) 34.10 secs and Jane Field on Creganna Dandini, owned by Marjorie Hardiman, 39.94 secs. With everyone nicely warmed up seven competed in the 1m class, sponsored by Horse Sport Ireland where Joshua Joyce and Aughnanure Leo took top prize, Boston Burglar and Leo Dunne were in second, followed by Niamh Ruane and Irish Cousin third.
Thank you to Damien Carey for building the course, judge Sally Carey, all the very generous sponsors and venue owner Sean Carey. (Include pics 1,2,3,4,5 after this paragraph)
The In hand classes started as scheduled at three o’clock and of the six entered in the Irish Dragoon Colt Foal Class, three competed before judges Mr Tom Cunningham and Mr Peter O’Malley. Sponsored by Tony Brady Tractors, Claremorris with a prize fund of 150 euros and a rug generously donated by Arden Equestrian Athlone their final placings were in first place, Cathy Snow and Martin Coyne’s homebred, Moorland Silver River (Moorland Snowy River – Lough Fadda Kimberley), Bantrach Micheal (Glencarrig Knight- Flora Star) owned by Gearoid Larkin were in second followed by Joseph Ramsay Mulroy Primrose (Jacks Promise-Tirhomin Swallow) in third.
Eileen Alanna Filly Foal Class had three extra entries on the day with a prize fund of 150e. The winner of this class was K.R.C Island (Annaghdown Island-Inghigoill Lady) bred and owned by Roger Joyce, second was Robbie Fallon’s Ballylicken Cashelbay (Cashelbay Prince -Rickamore Ballylicken Princess) and third was Jarlath Grogan’s homebred Hillside Harper (Monaghanstown Prince–Mountain Heather). This class was kindly sponsored by Kinamara Stud, Tulsk, Co Roscommon and Jim Mullaney (rug)
Santa kindly dropped in after the foal classes to say hi to all the children.
The four-year-old and over mare class was won by Frederiksminde Mellow 2nd (Hazy Dawn-Frederiksminde Mellow) owned by Barbara Fallon and in second place Joe McNamara’s Drumrevagh Della ( Dunally Lad- Lusmagh Belle). Sponsored by Horse Sport Ireland the winner received the Eamon McDonagh Perpetual Cup and rugs donated by Kieran Egan, Ballinasloe.
Congratulations to all the winners and competitors.