We are saddened to hear that esteemed member of the Connemara Pony Breeders’ Society of Australia (CPBSA) John Tennant passed away peacefully on Thursday 31st December 2020, aged 89 years.
John was a Committee member and President of the Society for many years. He was the Society’s delegate to the International Committee of Connemara Pony Societies (ICCPS) where he also served a term as President. He was awarded the Michael J O’Malley Award in 2015. The award is given to recognise an international Connemara owner, or breeder, who has selflessly promoted the Connemara Pony during their lifetime. John was recognised by the ICCPS as an Emeritus member.
John bred ponies under the stud name of Rupari, a name still recognised through the Society’s stud book.
John was married to Pat who predeceased John and left an enormous gap in John’s life which he never got over.
John will be sadly missed by his friends in the Society who knew him as someone who gave his all to the good of the Society and was a significant person in advancing the aims and objectives of the Society.
He will be missed by Vicki and I as a mentor and support over our 30 years involvement with the Society.
I will miss the many nights of conversation and reminiscences over several Connemara Irish whiskeys.
Rest in Peace, John Tennant