2017 Supreme Champion
Manor Duke owned by Noel Noonan
2017 Willows Ingredients Ltd.
and Midlands All Ireland Broodmare Champion
Cloverhill Princess Jade owned by Padraic Folan
2017 Junior Champion
Canal Lucy owned by Padraic Hynes
2017 Foal Champion
Brocklodge Emma owned by Paddy Kearns
Show Report 2017
As the Connemara Pony show season approaches its zenith, the Midlands Connemara Pony Breeders held their 14th annual show on Sunday, 23rdÂ July – reverting to what has always been their traditional date. Preparations started well in advance and the committee has been busy working to ensure a successful show.
The week has been a little unpredictable (to say the least) weather wise and we were certainly hoping there would not be a ‘washout’! The weather was amazing – dry all day and as the hours passed the sun became stronger and there were some very red faces going home.
There are so many thank you’s. As ever, our continued appreciation and heartfelt thanks to our principal show sponsors – Willows Ingredients Ltd. The continued involvement of Willows Ingredients Ltd. both through sponsorship and their presence at events give the committee encouragement to continue to strive to provide the best for their membership. The warmth of Carmelia and David Scrivens at our events touches all of us and we thank you.
Connolly’s Red Mills continue their tradition of being long term supporters of the Midlands Connemara Pony Breeders show and again our appreciation is immense. This year we are also very pleased that Devenish Nutrition have come on board and sponsored the Sarah Miller Future Performance class.
To our many class sponsors, our deepest thanks – you contribute so much to making the show possible.
To our many helpers on the day, ring stewards, parking stewards, runners, commentators and the many other jobs where people voluntarily give up of their time and are key to the successful running of our show – thank you, the show could not run without you.
As always, Robert Fagan and his team at Mullingar Equestrian provided us with a setting for our show that is second to none.
We are also indebted to Galway Crystal for the beautiful crystal trophies that adorn many of our winners’ houses.
Entries this year were amongst the highest ever and it is gratifying for the committee to see the continued support for the Midlands
Judges on the day were:
In hand: Ms Madeleine Beckman and Mrs. Rachel Bennett-Hamilton
Broodmare Championship: Ms Madeline Beckman
Young Handers: Mr. Hugh Leonard
Performance: Mr. Nicholas Byrne, Ms Joanna Cole, Mrs. Carole Douglas and Mr. George O’Malley
Noel Noonan who has been a long time supporter of our show took home the Supreme Championship (and the Senior Championship) with his outstanding stallion, Manor Duke (Currachmore Cashel/Banks Vanilla) and on the day Joe Burke showed the stallion at his best.
Standing reserve in the Supreme Championship was the winner of the 7-10 year old mare class – Loughmore Suzy (Linsfort Barney/Hazy Rebel) who won the Willows Ingredients Ltd/Midlands All Ireland Broodmare Championship in 2016.
The Supreme Champion and Reserve were also the Senior Champion and Reserve.
The Junior Championship went to Padraic Hynes with his lovely 3 year old filly – Canal Lucy (Inellan Condor/Canal Linnett) and Reserve was another 3 year old, the colt Ballinlough Prince (Western Boy/Ballinlough Lady) owned by Noel Mahon.
Whilst the first class judged on the day was in Ring 2, Class 1 in Ring 1 was a home win for the Midlands team when Claire Lacey and Danny Flynn claimed the red rosette in the yearling colt class with Ballafad Bay (Lightening Star/Cashelbay Heather).
At the final line up of the mares in the 11 year old and over class, judge Rachel Bennett said it was an exceptional line where any pony could be the winner and the placing reflected her personal preference on the day. Here the red rosette went to Anthony and Janice Linder with their gracious lady, Blackwoodland Silver Beam (I Love You Melody/Murvey Silver Lor); Knockferry Joy (Moy Hazy Cove/Morning Blossom) owned by Tomas and Fiona Grimes took the blue and the yellow went to Peter and Caoilfhinn O’Malley’s Glenlo Lady (Laerkens Cascade Dawn/Lady Windsor).
There was local competition in the Foal Championship where they were both ‘home foals’. At the end of the day, it was Paddy Kearns with his filly foal Brocklodge Emma (Brocklodge Buster/Loughmore Suzy) who snatched the ribbon from Eamon & Darren Spain with their filly foat Ballindown Anna (Ardbear Oliver / Ballilacurry Beauty).
The colt foal class was won by Nuala Doyle with Clonmore Hazy Shadow (Black Shadow / Cregduff Rose) who was shown by Eugene Doyle and his son Colin. Later in the day, Colin upheld the Midlands tradition by giving an excellent rendering of AmhrÃ¡n na bhFiann immediately prior to the Willows Ingredients Ltd/Midlands All Ireland Broodmare Championship.
As last year, the entries for the Broodmare Championship were low compared to earlier years. However, this in no way detracts from the overall quality of the class with Cloverhill Princess Jade (Janus/My Sweet Princess) becoming the 2017 Champion. She is owned by Padraic Folan from Inverin, Co. Galway.
The exhibitors in the Young Handler class are to be congratulated on their turnout – smartly dressed and well presented ponies.
The MCPB Five Counties Combined Class was a very small class this year and the red rosette went to Ballacurra Beauty (Cashelbay Cruise/Ballindoon Anna) owned by Eamon & Darren Spain. Standing second was Nuala Doyle’s Creghduff Rose (Moy Hazy Cove/Clonmore Hazy Shadow). Earlier in the day it was a family affair when Darren Spain took the red rosette with their 2 year old colt Gneevebrack Comet (Monaghanstown Prince/Gneevebrack Belle) and his mother made the presentation!
The performance classes kicked off at 9 am and there was a very full schedule with large classes. The MCPB Ridden Connemara Champion was Harriet Byrne’s Fiery Diplomat (Gleann Rua Maxwell/Magic Minnie) and ridden by her daughter, Jenny. The Champion was presented with the Ballyowen Maybell Molly Cup and Tony Flaherty of Connolly’s Red Mills presented rugs to both the Champion and Reserve. The Reserve Champion was Susies Tiffin (Moonlight Silver Shadow/Beezies Tiffin) owned and ridden by Zohra Smyth.
Winner of the Sarah Miller Future Performance Pony was Creggan Dandini (Cashel Bay Prince/Prospect Suzy) owned by Majorie Hardiman.
The day was rounded off by a very pleasant dinner at the Mullingar Park Hotel hosted by our main sponsors Willows Ingredients Limited. Thank you so much Carmelia and David for your hospitality – you are great friends to the MCPB.