connemara sales go big
The biggest ever gathering of Connemara ponies takes place later this week at the October Connemara Pony Sales in Clifden, with 1,243 registered Connemara ponies entered in the sales.
This Thursday, the first day of the sale, consists of all males over one year of age and all ridden ponies, which includes colts, geldings and registered stallions, along with broken and ridden ponies. There are around 250 lots booked in for the day.
On day two, the animals on offer will include all females over one year of age. More than 180 fillies, yearlings and mares have been entered.
The next three days of the sale -- Saturday, Sunday and Monday -- consist of mainly foals and a small number of broodmares. Nearly 300 ponies have been catalogued for both Saturday and Sunday, with the remainder booked in for Monday's auctions.
Auctioneer Padraic Heanue said there had been a lot of interest from UK buyers and also several French buyers who attended the sales for the first time last year. Some of these buyers have expressed interest in buying up on 30 ponies.
Interest from the UK is mainly focusing on the ridden ponies, he claimed.
"A vet is always available at the sales, there will be several transport companies in attendance at the sales and transport to any destination is possible," he said, making it easy for the foreign buyer to close a deal.
The sales start at 10am each day and catalogues are available online at www.connemara ponysales.com.