CPBS December 2013 Newsletter

 Connemara Pony Breeders’ Society

Christmas Newsletter 2013

New Christmas Show: On December 12th 1923 the Connemara Pony Breeders’ Society was formed. December 2013 marks the ninetieth anniversary of the CPBS. To celebrate this milestone the Society is organising a ‘Celebration of the Connemara Pony’ in Creagh Equestrian Centre, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway on Saturday 14th December. Starting at 10am, there will be a colt foal and a filly foal class. The winner of the colt foal class will receive the Irish Dragoon Galway Irish Crystal trophy and the winner of the filly foal class will win the Eileen Alanna Galway Irish Crystal trophy. Foals must be weaned.

Well known performance pony producers Clare Oakes and Denise Norton will deliver a clinic on conformation, giving a detailed assessment of four geldings both from an in-hand and performance point of view. Dressage rider Mary Mitchell will give a display with musical accompaniment on her homebred Western May.

A new book published by the CPBS will be launched by Séan Kyne, TD, entitled “The Connemara Pony – Celebrating 90 Years”. It is a photographic tribute to the Connemara Pony, containing over 160 photos and priced at €20 it will make an ideal Christmas present for any equine lover.

The CPBS acknowledges that the success of the Connemara pony would not be possible without the loyalty of it’s breeders and members. The two longest serving members of the CPBS and the three families who have owned the same pony family for the longest period of time will each be presented with a certificate of loyalty.

Part of Christmas is about having fun and the CPBS is encouraging riders to have fun with their Connemara ponies. A team obstacle race will be held and a fancy dress class will be held for adults and children. Everyone is welcome to attend and partake in Celebrating the Connemara Pony. Admission is free. There will be a pig on a spit and mulled wine for everyone and a special guest in a red suit will be there on the day. We hear the reindeer are busy getting ready for their big trip so he may have to arrive on his Connemara pony.

For more information please visit www.cpbs.ie .

New Council Members: Four seats were filled on the CPBS Council at our recent AGM. Jane Andrews, Michael Laffey, and John Riordan were re-elected to the Council, while Mossie Joyce was newly elected. At the first Council meeting following the AGM, Andy O’Donoghue was re-elected as President, Henry O’Toole and John Varley were elected as Vice-Presidents, Dermot Power as Treasurer and John Riordan as Honorary Secretary.

An Capaillín: Orders are now being taken for Volume XIII of An Capaillín. It is priced at €10 + €6.50 p+p and packed full of interesting news, results, articles and photos, it is sure to be an interesting read for any Connemara pony fan over Christmas. All Irish orders placed before Friday 20th December will be dispatched in time for Christmas. To order a copy please call 095 21863 or email enquiries@cpbs.ie .

Memberships: Members are reminded that their annual subscription for 2014 is now due. Payment can be accepted by cheque or credit / debit card. Please ensure your membership is paid before 31st January to be eligible to vote at the 2014 AGM.

New Book: The CPBS are launching a new book “The Connemara Pony – Celebrating 90 Years” on Saturday 14th December. It is a photographic tribute to the Connemara pony with some explanatory text and is the ideal Christmas present for any equine enthusiast. Orders are now being taken. It costs €20 + €6.50 p+p. If you wish to order this and An Capaillín the total postage cost for the two items will be €7.50.

VAT on CPBS Services: From January 1st 2014, 23% VAT will be charged on all foal registrations, transfers of ownerships and inspection fees. All studbooks have been notified by Revenue to charge VAT on services.

CPBS Awards: The CPBS will present a number of awards on Saturday 14th December at the Christmas Show. Elizabeth Petch and Stephanie Brooks will each receive a certificate of loyalty for being the two longest serving members of the Connemara Pony Breeders’ Society. Mrs Petch became a member of the CPBS in 1960 and Mrs. Brooks became a member in 1964.

Families whom have had the same dam line for the longest period of time according to the studbook will also be honoured at the show and their dedication to the Connemara pony acknowledged.

The Griffin Family, Screebe, Rosmuc, Co. Galway and their well know pedigree line of windy ponies began in 1929 with the birth of Furnace Lass registered by Mr. Mairitin Griffin in the first volume of the studbook with mare number (366). This line continues today with Mairtin’s nephew Coleman and his 2012 filly Windy Snow Drift (Streamstown Mickey S1-2724 x Windy Dawn M1-17663).

The Keaney Family, Murvey, Roundstone, Co. Galway is synonymous with Connemara Ponies. Bred today under the Murvey prefix the line began in 1930 when Thomas Keaney registered his mare Silver Spray under the number (328) in the first studbook and continues to Murvey Michaela (M3-28594) born in 2012 (Glencarrig Patrick S1-6074 x Murvey Cara M12753) owned by Bernard Keaney. The tradition lives on with Thomas’ grandsons Thomas, Marty & Bernard and looks to continue with great grandson Jack.

The Sullivan Family, Lissoughter, Recess, Co. Galway registered Retreat (320) foaled in 1931. Registered by Michael Sullivan this began the chain that would continue through Thomas, Christy and today Gerry Sullivan with his mare Pride Lady (M1-20192) (Callowfeenish Buachaill 1002 x Christy’s Pride 11903.)

Documentary on Connemara Ponies: Capaillíní Chonamara’ is the title of a new documentary film on the Connemara Pony which will be screened on TG4 on St. Stephen’s Day, December 26th at 7:45p.m. The film is produced by Donnacha O Briain of Union Films Ltd., Dublin and was shot in Connemara during the summer of 2012. The 52 minute film is packed with beautiful ponies, stunning scenery and interviews with breeders (also beautiful and stunning) and is sure to be enjoyed by a massive audience during the holiday period.

Spring Weekend: The 2014 Spring Festival Weekend will take place from Thursday 27th March to Sunday 30th March. The highlight of the weekend will be the annual stallion parade on Sunday 30th March. Colt inspections, educational clinics and lots more events will form the rest of the weekend. To stay up to date with events planned please visit www.cpbs.ie or find us on Facebook.

Connemara Pony Festival: The 2014 Connemara Pony Festival will run from Sunday 17th August to Sunday 24th August. The loose jumping and green hunter finals will take place on Wednesday 20th August, the in-hand and ridden classes will run on Thursday 21st August and the working hunter classes, the high performance classes and the Puissance competition will take place on Friday 22nd August. Details of all events will be available soon on www.cpbs.ie .

Maam Cross Sale: A catalogue sale of 170 registered Connemara ponies will be held in Maam Cross Mart on Sunday 8th December commencing at 11am. Please contact 091 552254 for more details.

Elite Sales Group: The Connemara Pony Elite Sales Group is a newly formed marketing body whose primary aim is to promote sales of Connemara Ponies. It is an independent organisation, working with the support of the CPBS. The Group will facilitate the assessment, display, presentation, and independent marketing of the Connemara Pony.

It is now planned by the CPESG to host a select sale of Ridden Connemara Ponies in Spring 2014, with selection days to be held in late February / early March. It is intended to follow this with an Elite Foal sale in August 2014. Details of these sales will be available from their Facebook page at: facebook.com/connemaraponyelitesalesgroup.

The Group consists of the following members:

Michael Flanagan (michaelflanagan88@yahoo.ie / 086 3680885)

Robbie Fallon (robbie@cashelbay.com / 087 2324627)

Philip McManus (gerrymmcmanus@eircom.net / 087 2749109)

Mary Uí Chadhain (maireuichadhain@gmail.com.ie / 087 9825045)

Brendan Coyne (brendancoyne505@gmail.com / 087 2346520)

Keith Murray (whitethornstud@gmail.com / 086 7840131)

Éamonn Mac Lochlainn (eamonn@ashbrookstud.ie)

Clifden Sales: A Connemara pony sale will be held in Clifden Mart on Saturday 22nd February. Entries are now being taken.

A special sale of performance ponies will take place on Saturday 29th March, this sale is open solely to Connemara Ponies who are 4 years old and over, all ponies must be broken & ridden.

Each pony will have to be vetted in advance of this sale, and entries will be limited to 120 lots only. This sale promises to be a first class event.

Viewing of all lots performing will take place on the morning of sale for 3 hours from 9am to 12pm. Sale will start at 12 noon.  Entry forms for this sale will be available from Monday 16th December 2013, the closing date for entries is Friday February 14th 2014.

For more details please contact Clifden Mart on 095 21861 or visit www.connemaraponysales.com .

Database: Work on our online database is almost complete and we hope to have it launched on www.cpbs.ie over the coming days. It will be automatically updated on a daily basis to ensure breeders have as up to date information as possible. We apologise for the delay in getting it up and running.

Christmas Office Hours: The CPBS Office will close on Friday 20th December and will re-open on Thursday 2nd January. Office opening hours are 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm.

Member’s Feedback: The CPBS welcomes feedback from its members. If you have any suggestions or comments please email them to enquiries@cpbs.ie or send to CPBS, The Showgrounds, Clifden, Co. Galway. We also love to hear of any Connemara doing well at home or abroad so please keep us up to date.

The Council & Staff of the CPBS wish all our members a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.