Monday 26 September 2016

Connemara pony lovers plan to 'post' them home

Published 21/08/2015 | 02:30

Patrick Keaney with Clonroe Gerry at the Connemara Pony Show in Clifden, Co Galway Photo: Andrew Downes
Patrick Keaney with Clonroe Gerry at the Connemara Pony Show in Clifden, Co Galway Photo: Andrew Downes

Thousands of fans of the Connemara pony have flocked to Clifden where many were planning to 'post' the loveable ponies home.

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More than 4,000 visitors including a strong overseas contingent made their way to the remote Galway town for the 2015 Connemara Pony Festival, where even deluges of rain couldn't dampen the mood.

Six-hundred ponies are taking part in the three-day show.

Scott McGuffin, a member of the American Connemara Pony Club, who has attended for the past decade, said: "We just love coming here. Over the years we've made so many friends who all return.

"It's a wonderful celebration of these ponies which are a pleasure to keep."

Mr McGuffin said the group were buying ponies and planning to 'post' them home.

"It's fairly common to bring back ponies. There are custom-made horse containers that are then brought back home on flights from FedEx and others," he said.

Irish Independent

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