The following nominations have been received from candidates seeking election to the Council of the Connemara Pony Breeders’ Society in 2018 in accordance with Article 15 of the CPBS Constitution:

Munster:  (2 seats vacant)

Dave Sheedy, Co Clare.  “If elected I will endeavor to work effectively and cohesively for the benefit of the Connemara Pony Breeders Society”.

Michael Houlihan, Co Clare.


Ulster: (2 seats vacant)

Philip Morgan, Co Cavan


Leinster:  (3 seats vacant)

Noel Farrell, Co Meath.

Michael Igoe, Co Wicklow.  “To promote and preserve the Connemara pony as part of our national heritage.  To remove restrictive barriers, anomalies and discriminatory practices.  Improve accountability, transparency and governance.  Develop the corporate entity as a viable, self funding organization that is relevant in the modern era”.

Patrick Geoghegan, Co Wicklow.  “I am the owner of Connemara Ponies for over 20 years now.  I served as a CPBS board member from 2015 to 2016.  My family and I are involved in breeding, showing and the production of competition ponies.  I would be very pleased to have the chance again to serve the CPBS again and work to promote the Connemara pony”. 

Phyllis Jones, Co Kildare.


Connaught:  (7 seats vacant)

Joe Gaughan, Co Mayo.  “I am seeking to become a member of the CPBS council as I feel I have a lot to offer, and I am an honest upstanding member and will do my best for the members and the pony”. 

Ann Marie Conroy, Co Galway.

Fiona Grimes, Co Mayo.  “If elected, I will work to make the council more open, transparent and fair organization for all CPBS members.  I will work diligently to promote the pony amongst its existing following and to market the Connemara pony at a higher level and to a wider audience”. 

Ray Halpin, Co Galway.

Barbara Hoffman, Co Galway.