Inspections Explained

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Please familiarize yourself with the Inspection Rules Inspection Rules and Studbook Principles studbook-principles-2016

Step One

Complete the application form available from the Connemara Pony Breeders’ Society. Please ensure the pony is in the ownership of the applicant entering the pony.  Transfer of ownership forms are available to download from the website.  Inspections take place nationwide, please select which venue is convenient.  Please ensure to send payment with application form.

Step Two

A text message/letter confirming a time for the pony to be presented at its chosen centre will be sent out to every applicant after the closing date.  The text/letter will confirm the time to present your pony(s) at the centre.

Step Three

Please ensure to bring the Lifetime document (passport) on the day of the inspection as it will be required for the chairman and Veterinary surgeon to check.  If the lifetime document (passport) is not available or the wrong passport is presented the pony can not be inspected.  Passports will be updated on the day of the inspection by CPBS staff and returned with results to the owner.

Step Four

Classification for Connemara ponies will have three classes for Colts and Fillies

  • Class One
  • Class Two
  • Class Three

Class One colts and fillies are those ponies which receive or exceed the minimum points required at the visual inspection and veterinary inspection.  These ponies are fully approved for life.

Class Two colts and fillies are those colt/filly that are over/under height, or/and don’t receive the minimum requirement in the visual for class one

Class Three colts and fillies are those that don’t meet the minimum requirement for Class Two.  Also any colt/filly that fails the veterinary will remain in class three.

Height: Ponies must measure in between 128cm and 148cm to be eligible for Class One.  Any colt/filly that measure under or over the height will not be eligible for Class one and will be recorded class two or class three depending on the visual.

Veterinary Examination will be carried out by the Connemara Pony Breeders’ Society veterinary surgeon on the day of the inspection.  Please note colts only are required to lunge as part of the veterinary on the day of the inspection.

The CPBS veterinary surgeon will measure the height of colts and fillies as part of the veterinary examination.

What happens on the day of the Inspection

Please ensure to arrive 20 minutes before your scheduled time in your text/letter.  Once you arrive and park, report to the office to check in.  The office will then explain where you need to go.  Once you unload your pony you will present your pony to the  CPBS chairman, please ensure to have the lifetime document (passport) ready.  The chairman will check the passport and scan the pony for the microchip.  The chairman will then bring you to the inspectors.  Colts and Fillies should be shown in a bridle.

Fillies

Inspected by two inspectors

The inspectors will ask you to stand your filly square, walk away and trot back.  Fillies are inspected on type, conformation and movement where inspectors will access the head, neck, shoulder, hind and front limbs.Copy of marking sheet can be found here –  filly-marking-sheet

After the visual inspection please bring your pony to the veterinary surgeon.  Fillies – the veterinary surgeon will examine the fillies mouth and take the height using a measuring stick.

Once the veterinary is complete, you can load your pony and report back to the office to receive your results and lifetime document (passport)

Colts

Inspected by three inspectors

Colts only will be asked to loose jump.  Colts will be let loose in an indoor arena and asked to jump a fence of 75cm high and 75cm wide to assess their athletic ability. Each colt will have the opportunity to have 1-2 practices fences when they come into the arena.  There will be a trained arena party at the colt inspection for the loose jumping.

The owner/handler will then be asked to walk and trot the colt on a hard surface as part of the visual inspection.  Colts will also be asked to walk and trot on a triangle of 18m X 18m X 18m.  Colts are inspected on type, conformation and movement where inspectors will access the head, neck, shoulder, hind and front limbs.  Copy of marking sheet can be found here – colt-marking-sheet

This will complete the visual inspection.

Owners will be given the results of the visual inspection at this stage from the CPBS chairman.  Owner can then make the decision depending on the results of the visual inspection if they want their colt to go forward for the veterinary inspection.

Colts need to obtain the minimum criteria in the visual and measure in to be eligible for Class one.

If a colt receives the minimum criteria for class two from the visual inspection the owner can decide to have the pony vetted.  If the pony is vetted the passport will be updated to Class Two, however if the owner decides not to have the colt vetted, the colt will remain in Class three.

Colt owners will be liable for the fee for the Veterinary Inspection of the colt. This will be payable to the CPBS on the day of inspection.

Colts – the veterinary surgeon will lunge the colt, and please note depending on the findings from the lunging, the colt may be scoped.  The veterinary surgeon will take the height using a measuring stick.

This will complete the inspection.

Once the veterinary is complete, you can load your pony and report back to the office to receive your results and lifetime document (passport)

All CPBS Inspectors are chosen from the CPBS judges list and have undergone training.

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