Dashing stallion steals the show in Clifden
The crowds were down because of the weather, but the entries were as high as ever at the Connemara Pony Show
Clifden Show is recognised as one of the best of its kind in Europe and each year hundreds of tourists descend on the town for the Connemara Pony Show.
This year, the bad weather somewhat dampened the atmosphere and prevented the usual large crowds gathering for the popular in-hand judging, but there was still a sizeable number of Irish and overseas guests on hand when the smashing stallion Drumbad Fletcher Moss was crowned supreme champion of the show.
Owned by Eamonn Burke of Castlegar and exhibited by his son Joe, the 11-year-old son of Frederiksminde Hazy Match proved a popular choice ahead of the multiple-winning broodmare Banks Vanilla.
Purchased from his breeder Jim Ferguson only in January of last year, Drumbad Fletcher Moss had first caught the eye of the Burkes as a three-year-old in 2007. "Dad tried to buy him back then but Jim would not agree," Joe commented. "It took all this time but Jim called us last year and told us if we were interested he would sell him to us. That was it really."
Having only been lightly campaigned as a youngster, the stallion re-appeared in the show ring in the summer of 2014 and among his many wins was the stallion class at Clifden.
"This is his 15th show and his 15th win since he arrived. And he's also proving popular as a sire with us," Joe said. "It's also our second supreme championship as we also won here in 2009 with our other resident stallion, Currachmore Cashel."
The Burkes also stand Banks Vanilla's full-brother Banks Timber, but the son of Teglstrup Duke is currently enjoying a showing stint in the UK and will return home next season.