Pony jumpers to the fore at Killorglin show
Keeping pony jumping alive and well in Kerry is one of the chief driving forces behind the Killorglin Pony Show's annual meeting at Evan's Field in Killorglin where on Sunday last girls and boys put their skills to the test as part of an entertaining event.
It's a show with tradition on its side and Killorglin Pony Show Chairman, Gene Evans, said that while pony jumping, generally, across the county is relatively scarce these days, it makes the continuation of its show all the more necessary.
"We're delighted with Sunday and it was lovely to watch the youngsters enjoy a day's jumping. It was a great turnout until the weather kind of spoilt things a bit in the afternoon. But all in all it was a success," Gene said.
The day showcased different breeds of ponies including working hunter trials, while no amount of rain could diminish the joy once the rosettes were handed out. Gene stressed that even though there are more positives than negatives surrounding pony jumping, it's something that still needs to be protected.
"For whatever reason pony jumping has taken a step back in recent years but maybe it's rallying again. I'm not being negative as maybe there are horses that just aren't ready yet. It's hard to put a finger on it but these shows will die away if they're not supported," he said.
Gene praised the committee and sponsors for working hard to keep Killorglin Pony Show going. It's one of the best known shows in the county and it relies on the input of committed people. The Killorglin Pony Show also raised money for Recovery Haven on the day.
"Shows like this need to be supported as it's very uplifting to see girls and boys bringing their ponies to jump, that's just brilliant to see. We run a great show here and that's what matters most. The local community sponsoring us is very important and we appreciate this also."
Gene concludes: "Everything we do is voluntary and the work that goes into it in the weeks leading up to the show is important. For us it's about keeping the shoulder to the wheel and working so that pony jumping continues."