Friday 30 September 2016

Aiming for high performances

Published 22/07/2015 | 02:30

One of the highlights of the Connemara Pony Show at Clifden next month will be the High Performance Final which takes place on the last day, August 21.

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This carries a prize-fund of €3,000.

Qualifiers have been taking place throughout the country since early June and continue next weekend, Saturday July 25, at Tattersalls in Co Meath and the South East Clare Show in Co Clare on Sunday July 26.

The three top ponies from each Irish qualifier will be eligible to compete in the final, along with a further three from the sole UK qualifier which took place last week.

Competition action at the show kicks off on Wednesday, August 19 with the three-year-old loose jumping competition.

Qualifiers for this event take place tomorrow, at Duffy's Equestrian Centre in Claregalway and on Sunday next during the Midland Connemara Pony Show.

The mare loose jumping championship will also take place on the opening day and qualifiers continue today, Tuesday, at Boswell Equestrian in Co Wicklow and this coming Thursday at Creagh Equestrian in Ballinasloe, Co Galway.

As is customary the in-hand and ridden classes dominate the Connemara Show schedule on Thursday, August 20, with the highlights in Ring One being the mare and stallion championships.

Friday's programme includes the working hunter classes, as well as the Puissance which boasts a prize-fund of €1,000.

For the full schedule see www.cpbs.ie

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