2018 National Mare Championship
The date of the Kerry Bog Pony National Show was changed to 22nd July. To allow all Championship qualifiers to take place as scheduled, the Final of the National Mare Championship took place at Iverk Show, Piltown, Co. Kilkenny on 25th August.
Iverk Show, the oldest Agricultural Show in Ireland (founded in 1826) were extremely welcoming and were delighted to host the Kerry Bog Pony Mare Championship, held in conjunction with the Irish Shows Association.
Officiating on the day was IPS Heritage Judge, Mr Simon Beirne, from Cork. When asked for a comment he said that he “….would like to see more entries. They are lovely ponies.”
The Championship winner was the 7 yr old bay mare, Clahane Flame, owned and bred by John O’Shea from Ventry, Co. Kerry. Sire: Ventry Dreamer Dam: Bog Jessie. This concluded a fantastic year for John O’Shea, who also bred the Champion and Reserve Champion at the National Show, all bred from his mare Bog Jessie. Runner up in the Championship was Tullore Kay, a 6yr old chestnut mare, Sire: Daingean Bog Dam: Tullore Miss Molly, owned and bred by Andy McEvoy.
Everything was well organised and ran smoothly. The setting within a traditional Agricultural show with 7 showing rings for horses and ponies was a great opportunity to showcase the breed. The competitors enjoyed the big show atmosphere and demonstrated their commitment to promote the ponies.
For some images of the day click HERE.