National Mare Championship 2017
The third running of Kerry Bog Pony National Mare Championship took place at the Kerry Bog Pony National show which was held on Sunday 20th August in Glenbeigh, Co. Kerry. The championship was run in conjunction with the Irish Shows Association and mares had to qualify at one of the selected regional shows around the country to take part in this final.
Sponsored by The Irish Sporthorse Studbook, the generous prizefund for this class was divided to reward both the breeders and the owners of the competing mares.
Vincent O'Driscoll's winning mare, Hot Bunny, by Quagmire Jasper, sucessfully defended her title, having been the Champion last year and the reserve champion the year before. Judge, Jane Darragh, from Co. Kilkenny, gave the competitors every chance to show their ponies well, and took the time to have a few words with all the handlers after the judging.
The final results were:
CHAMPION: Hot Bunny Sire: Quagmire Jasper Dam: Hot Blondie Owner: Vincent O’Driscoll, North Gate House, Bandon, Co Cork Breeder: The Late Donal O’Sullivan, Co Kerry Qualifying Show: Cork
Reserve Champion: Clahane Flame Sire: Ventry Dreamer Dam: Bog Jessie Owner: John O’Shea, Clahane, Ventry, Tralee, Co Kerry Breeder: John O’Shea, Co Kerry Qualifying Show: Dingle
3rd Ventry Height Sire: Ventry Height Dam: Bog Realtin Owner: Mary McGrath, Rosetown, Newbridge, Co Kildare Breeder: Maurice O’Sullivan, Caherboshine, Ventry, Tralee, Co Kerry Qualifying Show: Kilmacanogue
4th Mossfield Bog Cotton Sire: Mossfield Fox Dam: Bog Cotton Owner: Michael O’Mahony