Woodstock, VT:  On the weekend of July 22, Region I of the ACPS held a grand celebration in honor of its 50th annual Connemara Pony Breed Show.  And grand it was!!  Held at the Green Mountain Horse Association’s beautiful show grounds in South Woodstock, the celebration began on Friday with Connemara Pony inspections and public discussion of the ponies’ good and bad points. The inspections were followed by an outdoor barbeque and a talk by Caroline Nesbitt about the history of Connemaras in Region I.  Saturday morning the in-hand classes were held, judged by Tom MacLochlainn, President of the Connemara Pony Breeders Society in Ireland.   

The Grand Champion In-Hand was Rolling Meadows Farm (RMF) Fionnuala, a three-year-old mare by the Canadian stallion, *Kippure Cara, and out of Tower Hill’s Meghan (by Chiltern Copa of Tower Hill).  She is owned by Susan Goodhouse and was shown by Christina Van Zandt. The Get-of –Sire Class filled the ring with 14 beautiful ponies in five groups.  Greystone Sir Charles’ get were the blue ribbon winners, followed by the get of Aladdin’s Denver, Morning Glorys Ilyushin, Maplehurst Michael McDaire, and Alluin Durango.  The produce of dam class did not have as many entries and the produce of Elphin Kookabura took first place.  A complete list of the winners from all the in-hand and ridden classes will be in the American Connemara.   

At 2 0’clock on Saturday, while a large variety of riding and driving classes were going on outside,  a tasty Irish high tea was presented by Elizabeth Platais.  At the tea, Pat Lightbody signed copies of her new book, The American Connemara Pony Society; A History From 1985-1999.  Pat, still her spritely self at 94, was editor of the Society’s magazine, The American Connemara, during those years.  She thrilled everybody by being able to make the trip from Ohio to be at the show. 

Saturday night a banquet was held at which Tom MacLochlainn gave a most interesting talk.  His talk also was about the history of the Irish ponies but he started in the 4th century, when the first written reference to Irish ponies appeared. 

Sunday was another full day of showing.  The weekend ended Sunday afternoon with the awards ceremony.  Big Congratulations are in order for Region I for having one of the best AND longest running Connemara Pony Shows in the world!

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