All Kerry Bog Ponies are born into Class 4 of the Studbook. Subsequently as adults they should be brought out for inspection to upgrade their classification. Kerry Bog Ponies must be a minimum of 2 years of age to be presented for inspection. It is very important to the preservation of the breed that as many ponies as possible are inspected.

Why Should You Have Your Pony Inspected?

  • Having your pony inspected and classified will allow you, or future owners, to bring their registered progeny forward to Inspection in order to be up graded.
  • In the case of fillies, the information provided by the inspectors will provide invaluable help to you when choosing a suitable stallion.
  • In the case of colts, an inspected and approved stallion can cover mares and have progeny registered in the Kerry Bog Pony Studbook.
  • Geldings that have been inspected and classified will have their passport upgraded to illustrate this, which can add to their sale value.

We would love to see more geldings being brought out for inspection to upgrade their classification.

Inspection Preparation

The pony being brought out for inspection should be in well presented. Manes and tails should be clean, brushed out and free from tangles; they should not be plaited as the ponies are a mountain and moorland breed and these are shown in their natural state. Feet should be trimmed and in good condition.

The pony should be taught to stand up properly so that the Inspectors can judge its conformation. They should lead well without being pulled or pushed. They should walk and trot when required. This should be well practised at home.

It is not necessary to have a bit in the pony’s mouth but if a bit is used a coupling piece linking onto the noseband as well as the bit can be used to avoid too much pressure on the pony’s mouth.

For further information on what to expect at an Inspection, view the Kerry Bog Pony Studbook Inspection Guidelines and Procedures.

2023 Inspection Events

Inspections are taking place at:

  • 20th May 2023Willie Naughton’s, Ballydangan, Athlone, Co. Westmeath Eircode N37 FH01
    Entries close Tuesday 16th May
  • 27th May 2023Red Fox Inn, Glenbeigh, Co. Kerry Eircode V93 D92V
    Entries close Tuesday 23rd May

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