Some highlights from Killusty Pony Show

Some highlights from Killusty Pony Show
It was difficult to believe as another sparkling day dawned as ponies headed to Killusty that the Show could be blessed with a second gorgeous day as it headed into the second half of its century.

It was difficult to believe as another sparkling day dawned as ponies headed to Killusty that the Show could be blessed with a second gorgeous day as it headed into the second half of its century.

Sadly the trend of diminishing entries continues after reaching a peak of 310 ponies last year. The quality remains high, however, and there is tremendous local support both in terms of entries and from sponsors who stick by the show despite the recession.

There were many highlights over the course of the show.

Deirdre Smithwick, one of the very longest supporters of Killusty Show went away with a spring in her step after a win in the yearling Show Pony Class. Gillian O’Shea will have her name on the Lydon Cup for the best local entry for a second year in succession.

Deirdre also took home the Bank of Ireland Cup for the champion foal, Kilcreene Snapdragon.

Martin O’Sullivan and Absolute Heartbreaker went on to win the Welsh Championship as well as the youngstock equivalent.

A very well filled Connemara section saw Greyrock Finisterre take the Championship from Joan Vaughan’s Kippure Sabrina which came from the Ridden Connemara Class for riders over 16.

Josephine O’Driscoll’s Amesbury Bumble Bee, the Open Show Pony Lead rein winner added to a long list of achievements when taking the Dr. P.J. Stokes mini Championship.

There are great numbers in the mini classes but they do not seem to be graduating to the larger ponies but perhaps the trend will improve. Mimi O’Grady riding her mother’s Doonkinane Slash won the O’Brien Cup for the Local Riding pony championship with Michael Mead’s Hanora’s Little Gem in reserve.