KILLUSTY PONY SHOW 2004
The weather report had not been favourable but only one shower marred the day at Killusty Show on 3rd July at Claremore Killusty. A record 236 ponies came complete with owners riders and hangers-on from the four corners of Ireland and prizes went in all directions accordingly. Laura McWeeney came from Co. Leitrim with two young ponies out of multiple Killusty winner Dark Sprite and took the AIB Slievenamon In-hand Championship back to Leitrim as well as the cup for the best filly in the same Championship. Tim Hurley from Tralee Co. Kerry had the Reserve in that Championship and Ronnie Fox took home the Cup for the Best Local. Longtime supporter of Killusty Deirdre Smithwick of Kilkenny took the Dawn Fresh Foods Broodmare Championship with Kilcreene Athena and Carmel Melody from Ballymacarbry was Reserve with her Connemara broodmare. Michelle McMahon’ Muskerry Charisma from Cork was the Welsh Champion with another of Deirdre Smithwick’s progeny Kilcreene Onyx who had beaten his mother in the Class in reserve. Carmel Melody also won the Butler Connemara Championship with Clare View with Jonah Wragg’s Dunqmore in Reserve.
In the Ridden Show Pony Ring The Coolmore Stud Killusty Championship went to Regina Daly from Cork with Hayneville Pierre with Mrs. A. Davies of Armagh’s Strinesdale Music Maker in Reserve. Michelle Dempsey’s Celtic Legend from Limerick was Side-saddle Champion with Patrick Geoghegan’s Dangan Patricka in Reserve The Best Rider in the Side-saddle Classes was Mhairi Rawluk. The Tate Croome-Carroll Memorial Equitation Championship went home to Cork with Rhian Fitzgerald with Peter O’Donnell from New Inn in Reserve. Regina Daly added the Mini Championship to her horde with Barkweay Queen Bee taking the honours from another Northern entrant Stuart Whittle’s Cosford Mini Mouse. The Tara Bricknell Open Show Hunter Championship went to Meath and Basil Brindley’s Gransha’s Jerry Mouse with Tara Rocca’s Thorndale Mischief in Reserve Dangan Patricka went one better in the Novice Show Hunter Championship for the Geoghegans with Michelle Dennehys Araglen Marengo in Reserve.
Two Working Hunter rings were in operation from early until late Catherine McLoughlin of Ballinure Thurles must have been delighted to take home the GAIN Novice Working Hunter Championship with Lord Hazelhuff from another local Mrs. R. Henry’s Clonross Talisman. Melanie Young’s Ardfry Ahab was the Clonmel Oil Open Working Hunter Champion from Pascal Crawford’s Ardfry Cedar.
Intermediate Champion was Aideen Davis’ Captain Scarlet and Reserve was Karyn Kennedy’s Kaduna The Performance Working Hunter Champion went to the Geoghegans of Wicklow again but this time with Westmir Queen with the Brindleys Teddy’s Rocket in reserve.
In perhaps the most important classes of the day for the locals, the Local Handy Pony was won by Emma Meagher from just up the road in Cloneen and the Special Lead-rein Class went to Ann Marie O’Brien’s Carriganog Lad from Rosegreen.
Killusty, as so many Shows, could not continue without the generosity of sponsors and the voluntary effort of many willing helpers. It is sincerely hoped that competitors who go home glowing from a day’s outing with prizes in their pockets appreciate all that is done for them in the interest of keeping the sport alive. Thanks from the Killusty Committee to all who helped make the day of our 41st Show so special.