Happy New Year to One and All. . . . .
When I started this we were 2 days in, (we are now at the end of January!) to a so far fairly mild and somewhat sunny New Year. There is even some grass growing which is great to see.
I told myself over the last few years that I would write this as the months went along, not wait ’til the end of the year and do a marathon writing spree that would take me hours, but alas, no, here I am starting off again the full year in review.
Trying to put everything in now there is bound to be omissions, but hopefully not too many errors, if there are some, my apologies in advance and my gratitude to you for taking the time out to read through
As some of you may know our lovely Thunder (Sea Storm) was out of action starting off the New Year and for some months following, after sustaining a catastrophic injury while Showjumping on the 17th of December 2017, in which he severed an artery at the back of the fetlock on one of his back legs. One of the scariest and worrying days (and weeks ahead) ever wondering would he live or die and I genuinely doubted that he would ever jump again, let alone go on to have the phenomenal year he did ahead.
He spent weeks in plaster cast, then after he arrived home some more weeks in bandages. Dressing and washing the leg daily and applying various lotions and potions to help the healing process.
After the bandages were removed the back of his leg / cannon bone / fetlock area was red raw from the plaster cast and it looked horrific almost like a really bad burn to the skin. He was also missing his fetlock feathers, hes got very feathery feet so he looked a little bit on the strange side for a few months with 3 feathery legs! The wound itself was healing very well.
As I’m writing this now its hard to think that such an injury which was also so unsightly completely healed and now you wouldn’t even know which leg sustained the injury from looking at him.
Into The Wild West
January saw the mini remake of the Gabriel Byrne movie by the local Drama Club here in Renvyle and saw our own Ice and Fire d’Albran the Connemara Stallion as the movie star and the setting was the local beach; Tra na mBan, just down the road from us in Tully.
Horse Sport Ireland Coaching Course:
I commenced Level 1 of the HSI Coaching course at Kilronan Equestrian Centre in Co. Dublin, after completing the Intro course back at the end of 2017. A very informative two days with Jack Doyle and Heather Coyle. As I may have mentioned previously I myself had done a showjumping clinic many moons ago with Jack Doyle over at Hanleys in Claremorris School of Equitation and Talitha many moons later had also did a clinic with Jack. If you ever get the chance to do a clinic with Jack it’s well worth it!
February also saw the Arrival of “Tiny Tina” The smallest Pony in Connemara. This miniature stands at 7hh or just 28 inches tall. She more than makes up for her shortcomings though and is no stranger to throwing a kick or a squeal at any unwelcome attention from the bigger ponies, she has in fact obtained her own status as bossy boots and had she been a male pony we would have called her Napoleon.
She is able to draw a cart and occasionally pulled it around the yard with the children here. After the arrival of our Silver Shadow filly “Diamonds Silver Shadow Gem” aka Mindy, they would strike up a friendship and were absolutely inseparable until Mindy departed in 2019.
As well as Tiny Tina a number of new Connemara ponies, various sizes, colours, ages, experience, etc arrived to the yard, that would start into ongoing training and that would be competing for the season ahead.
Snow Day: Many of the ponies; as some of them were around the 4 years of age mark, had never seen snow before, even some of the older ones had never seen snow, so it was much to everyone’s amusement, ours and the ponies, when they got out for a run in the snow that arrived with the “Beast from the East” cold spell on Friday March 2nd 2018. They were so amused with the strange substance, running and jumping and rolling about in it and snorting at it. . . just like children really.
Another reason I love to see pictures and videos coming back from ponies that are in their new homes overseas, adjusting to the different weather climates abroad, especially where there is snow as most of them love the snow and find it very amusing.
Attended the Cross Country Course at Spruce Lodge in Wicklow: As part of the Horse Sport Ireland Level 1 Coach this follow on course was tutored by Team Ireland Eventing Coach & HSI Level 3 Eventing Coach Sally Corscadden & HSI Tutor Derval Diamond. (No relation as far as I know) This was a very informative day with 2 very experienced equestrians. We spent the day learning in such a fun and interactive way, both inside in the conference facility and outside on the cross country course.
Departure of “Bronco” to the Rainbow Bridge at 30 years of age: We said a very fond farewell to Bronco, he had served us well, the most reliable horse you could ask for, carrying many many tourists along the Wild Atlantic Way over the years, he had been part of the furniture and the family for 28+ years. I remember the day when he arrived those many years ago, we called him after the Stuntman (Bronco McLoughlin) from the movie “The Field”, which was made in the locality in 1989/1990 at the time, and starred Richard Harris, Tom Berenger, Brenda Fricker and John Hurt.
It was some consolation that he didn’t get sick or suffer or linger, in fact he had never been sick a day through all his 28+?years here, he died a very peaceful death with all of us with him.
Arrival of some new Trekkers: The time had also arrived for some new Trekkers to join us and we welcomed some lovely “gypsy” or traditional type cobs to the team. They were fast learners and settled in quickly and hopefully they will be here for many years to come.
Mussel Festival; The Annual Mussel Festival took place on the Renvyle Peninsula and as part of their weekend festivities we gave a talk on The Connemara Pony in our Visual Display Centre and a Showjumping Demo in our outdoor arena, which was well attended, and actually made for a nervous few minutes as the laptop decided to stall with my presentation in a full room of people, but a techy horsey enthusiast came to my Aid and the talk was well received and Talitha and Thunder gave a fabulous display of their jumping skills as he was back in training again which also wowed the crowd.
Local Photographer Aoife Herriot took some lovely pictures also which were available on hers and our pages.
Horse Sport Ireland Coaching Course: Completed the final two days of Level 1 Coaching which included giving a lesson on Dressage and another on Showjumping. This took place in Kilronan Equestrian Centre in Dublin again. The 2 days were tutored with HSI Level 3 Coache Joanne Jarden and HSI Level 3 Showjumping Coach Heather Coyle, two fabulous and very experienced Equestrians.
Again if you get the chance to do a clinic with any of the above mentioned HSI tutors/coaches that I had the privilege of training with, jump at the opportunity!
As the year was flying by swiftly, Talitha was studying for her Leaving Certificate at school. Ponies were leaving weekly for their new homes and following our AIRE inspection trekking was now in full swing for the season ahead at our approved Irish Riding Establishment. New arrivals were coming also.
Both Stallions Ice and Fire d’Albran and Silver Shadow were also very busy at Stud. If you are looking for a Stallion for this season ahead, get in touch.
Dublin Qualifier at Scarteen, Co Limerick: (09/06/2018)
Saturday 9th June we departed for Scarteen in Co Limerick for the first of the Dublin Qualifiers, 4 ponies from Connemara, 2 from here and our travel buddies; Caoimhe Curran from Letterfrack Farm also had 2.
It was a scorching hot day there, too hot for tweed jackets, but thankfully they were allowed to take them off for the jumping part. The course was tough, many ponies braked upon jumping up on to the bank where a deep ditch followed and a number of riders flew over it without their ponies.
The ponies all performed very well with Sea Storm placing 8th in the 8-15 year old and Hero Star 5th in the 5-7 year old classes respectively in a very large number of entries. But with only 2 ponies coming out of section A & B of each age category, it wasn’t going to be their day.
Clifden High Performance Qualifier at Cork County Show. (16/06/2018)
Saturday 16th June we had another long trip to the Cork County Summer Show where the first of the Clifden Qualifiers took place, departing here at 5am with a full load in the lorry, including our travel buddies ponies, getting there at 10am and spending the whole day there, the relevant competitions didn’t take place until after 6pm. . . . and not getting home until 2am that night/Sunday morning.
It had previously been held at Charleville Agricultural Show, also in County Cork but not as far a drive South. 9 Riders competed that day in the High Performance Qualifier, 6 of them coming from County Galway!
Both Talitha and Sea Storm and Caoimhe and Charlie of Blakehill qualified for the Final in Clifden that day. So despite the long and frustrating day it had a somewhat worthwhile outcome!
Unfortunately the High Performance Qualifier for Clifden also clashed with the 2nd Qualifier for Dublin which was also held on this day but over in Forth Mountain in Co Wexford. Feast or Famine when it comes to Show / Working Hunter Competitions.
In each competition the High Performance Final in Clifden and the Performance Hunter Final in Dublin, there would be 16 ponies competing in the Final.
With 4 Qualifiers and 4 ponies from each of those, It would be stiff competition as the competitors were coming from the 4 corners of Ireland to try and gain their place on the coveted list of finalists and with dates clashing for the Qualifying Shows the odds were stacked against us.
Dublin Qualifier at Tullylish, Co Armagh (23/06/2018)
I had departed for my annual trip to France on Thursday 21st but Talitha had stayed behind, and it was with much humming and hawing all week about whether she would still travel to Tullylish in Co Armagh for the 3rd Qualifier for Dublin, we hadn’t made the second one due to show dates clashing and she was flying out to join us in France on the Sunday after so would not make the final Dublin qualifier the next weekend either.
We had entered for the Qualifier but the map in the yard office was showing a very long and gruelling drive from Renvyle in Connemara up and across to Tullylish in Co Armagh.
Saturday morning at 2am the lorry departed with Sea Storm, Hero Star and travel buddy Charlie of Blakehill and 2 very dedicated and enthusiastic young riders on board.
A few wrong turns along the way and an arrival at the wrong “Tullylish” added to the journey and they arrived in just after 8am, had a mad dash around the course to “walk” it and learn it before tacking up and warming up their ponies.
Meanwhile over in the Vendee in France I waited on news of how it all would progress. A dead mobile phone battery in Northern Ireland added to the delay in the news coming through and it was with much excitement when I finally got through to Jack our lorry driver that I asked “how did they get on?” that he informed me Talitha had won the class she was in with Sea Storm, securing her place for Dublin.
Hero had also done a great round, placing in the top 6. A great start to the summer holiday!
Trekking the Wild Atlantic Way
Trekking was steady all summer with lots of visitors coming to trek the Wild Atlantic Way here in Renvyle. Some of the visitors would be repeat annual visitors, coming year after year to trek the Wild tlantic Way.
As we are so near the beaches here, a trek to the nearby beach on horseback is something that many people will try, even if they have never sat on a horse, its a “holiday thing” and they will give it a go. It’s one of many great activities that you can try when visiting Renvyle, on the Wild Atlantic Way.
if you are visiting Renvyle there are many activities that you can try, from horse riding to scuba diving, mountain climbing to surfing! Not forgetting of course the nearby visitor attraction of Kylemore Abbey and the National Park in Letterfrack.
Both our stallions “Silver Shadow” and “Ice and Fire d’Albran” were here in Renvyle much to the delight of the many visitors and many who would also make the extra 20 minute journey beyond the “Capital of Connemara”; Clifden to see our fabulous stallions.
Mullingar Midlands Show: Another very early morning here, we struck off with another full load. There was another High Performance Qualifier for Clifden there that day in which Erne Valley Succelos secured his place for the Final. He also placed in several other Working Hunter competitions that day.
Training was ongoing all summer for all ponies with various outings to introduce a selection of rustic jumps in preparation for Dublin and then Clifden a few days following that.
Dublin Horse Show 8-12th August
The excitement was palpable as we departed Renvyle on Tuesday 7th for the Connemara Working Hunter Championship (8-15 years old) which would take place on the Wednesday. Picking up “Sea Storm’s” travel companion “Charlie of Blakehill” in Letterfrack along the way we struck off for the rocky road to Dublin.
After arriving and getting through the veterinary inspection and settling the ponies in after the drive we had an exciting encounter with Bertram Allen, not one to miss a picture opportunity I got one of him with Talitha and Caoimhe.
Wednesday morning (08/08/2018) we were up bright and early and the place was bustling with people and horses and ponies going in all directions. Washing and grooming, the sounds of horses nickering, neighing, and excited squeals as people met one another. We had a wander around and got to watch the Irish Draught Class which was one of the earlier classes on that morning.
Class 71: Connemara Performance Hunter for Stallions, mares & geldings, eight to fifteen years old inclusive, started at 1,25pm, everything ran so smoothly time wise.
The aim of the Class is to demonstrate the distinctive traits of the Connemara Pony; rideability, scope, versatility and suitability for child or adult rider.
The class would run over three phases:
•Ridden Flat Work Phase (80 points)
•Jumping Phase (190 points)
•Conformation Phase (30 points)
Neither of the girls placed in the Top 5 places in the Final results that day, but they both performed fantastically, jumping their ponies as good as they could and had the most enjoyable experience and it was a day we would remember for a very long time to come.
Its not an easy task to go in there in the RDS and perform in front of judges, the crowds and the hustle and bustle of it all without feeling some little bit of nerves, apprehension or outright fear, but they did and we were all so proud of the two girls that day.
After the class was finished we got the ponies back to the stables and fed and looked after and the rested for a few hours and we enjoyed a quick dash around the shops in the RDS, picking up a few equestrian bits and bobs and also some picture souvenirs from the official photography taken there that day.
It was early evening time when we struck off on the road West, for the hills of Connemara and it was after midnight when we got home that night.
Thursday morning (09/08/2018) back in work, and still on a high from it all, I received a call from the RDS office to say both the girls Talitha and Caoimhe had been selected for the International Connemara Performance Team Ireland which would take place on Sunday the 12th.
An Amazing achievement for the two girls from the same parish here in Connemara to qualify for the Dublin Horse Show and then the icing on the cake was for both of them being picked together to represent their country, donning the green jackets and showcasing their Connemara Ponies on such a large platform, it was truly one of the greatest moments in horsey days.
Now the logistics of how we would get there? As that Sunday was also the Moycullen Pony Show and the last qualifier for Clifden in both the High Performance and the Green Hunter Final, of which we had ponies for each.
Our lorry was going to Moycullen with ponies, Letterfrack Farm were also competing at Bishop Burton in the UK with another pony that same week so it was decided that I would have to drive the trailer with the 2 ponies back up to Dublin.
Now anyone that knows me knows that I have no sense of direction when it comes to driving around Dublin city, I must have lost it after one to many falls over the years, lol. but nerves aside we were back on the rocky road to Dublin again that Saturday with the 2 girls and the 2 ponies and with the help of google maps to get back in to the RDS.
Luckily for all, I had also obtained my BE Trailer license earlier in the year!!!
Saturday 11/08/2018: I was as lucky as a black cat to also get a parking space right outside the gate of the entrance to the RDS that evening (You couldn’t have bought a better spot!) which meant that I didn’t have to drive off down the road or to the nearby rugby club to park as many were having to do, as I might still be driving around looking for my way, had I not found it!
That evening we got to watch The Puissance – Live – or most of it, as we had a Team meeting with the Chef d’Equipe Lt. Col Brian Mac Sweeney also scheduled and that was when the girls would get their Irish Team green Jackets and Team numnahs. There was some debate about colours of shirts / jods and ties but they all matched up nicely in the end!
The Puissance is always the highlight of the Dublin Horse Show for me to watch, and watching it live you could hear a pin drop between jumping the wall and the triumphant cheers that followed.
We were delighted to be able to cheer on Padraic Judge who had given Talitha some jumping lessons over the summer and also Mikey Pender who had ridden a pony for us some years previously (Tobar King). Both lads shared in the Puissance title in a 4 way prize at an impressively daunting wall height of 2,20m.
Cup No. 173 – Perpetual Challenge Cup
Presented by the Royal Dublin Society to the winning team in the International Connemara Performance Hunter Class.
The Team consisted of the winner of the 8-15 year old Class;
Alicia Devlin Byrne from Co Wicklow with “Grey Smoke” (All Smoke x Faded Pansy) owned by Theresa & Michael Clarke (Dublin) and Bred by Tommie Clarke from Co Mayo.
Isabelle Nally from Co Dublin with “Benny Liath” (Earl of Newbridge x Traonach) owned by Margaret Nelson from Dublin and bred by Martin Fleming from Co Mayo, the 10 year old Gelding had also taken 2nd place in the same 8-15 Year old class
and the two Connemara girls; Caoimhe Curran with Charlie of Blakehill (Coosheen Stormboy x Atlantic Lady Joan) owned by Caoimhe’s sister Caitriona Curran from Letterfrack and bred by Joan Clancy from Co Galway and
Talitha Diamond with Sea Storm (Ballinavilla Prince x Little Nora) Owned by Diamonds Equine Renvyle and Bred by Joseph Mannion, Roundstone.
The 4 girl team had also qualified one from each of the 4 Qualifiers; Talitha at Tullylish, Caoimhe at Rincoola, Alicia at Forth Mountain and Isabelle at Scarteen.
Team Ireland was led by Chef d’Equipe Lt. Col Brian Mac Sweeney, former Officer Commanding of the Army Equitation School based at McKee Barracks in Dublin, a highly accomplished Equestrian and who had himself represented Ireland Internationally throughout the 1980s in Showjumping at Nations Cup’s in Rome and Paris, and in Eventing he had won an individual Bronze on board “Inis Meain” at the Europeans Championships in Denmark.
Team Great Britain was also an all girl Team and made up of Lydia Stewart and the 8 Year old Irish Bred Gelding “Hazel Rock Rebellion” (Lucky Rebel x Smokey Star), owned by Ms. Elizabeth Stuart and bred by Mr. Kieran Mc Grath.
Charlotte Walters and the 9 year old Gelding “Holnest Frodo Baggins” (Templebready Fear Bui x Shipton Charisma) owned by The Walters Family and bred by Kate Walters.
Ellie Callwood and her 8 year old mare “Landslow Melody Maker” (Ardbear Spirit x Drimcong Colleen) owned by Ms Barbara Bagshaw and bred by Ms. Jane Hager.
Ella Dalton and the 10 year old stallion “Hearnesbrook New Moon” (Hearnesbrook Halley x Pilgrims Mistral) Owned and Bred by Ms. Phyll Buxton
Team Great Britain was led by Chef d’Equipe Debbie Nickson.
Judging was carried out by Ms Jayne Brace from Wales. The course was built by Mr Derek Hamilton.
Both Teams did fabulous,m making for some stiff competition and the Connemara girls both did fantastically, doing us all very proud, I got the job as groom for both in the show ring which was very exciting! Ireland were victorious over Team GB with a combined score of 766 to a very close 749 and the much coveted Iris Kellett Perpetual Trophy was awarded to Team Ireland for their great win over our neighbours. The Perpetual Cup had been won by Ms. Iris Kellett at the RDS Dublin Spring Show in 1951 with “Starlight” .
Iris was one of Ireland’s greatest Equestrians, (1926 – 2011) having competed successfully and won many shows from when she first walked with her pony from Mespil Road in Ballsbridge over to the RDS at the age of 9 years in 1935 to win her first rosette. So it was a very special and treasured piece of Silverware that was bestowed upon Team Ireland that day. It was also Team Ireland’s 3rd win in 4 years.
The two Teams also got to take part in the Parade of Champions that evening in the main arena.
Meanwhile on the same day over in Moycullen Show, Our 4 year old Castleside Johnny qualified for the Green Hunter Final in Clifden with Connemara rider Aideen Sommerville.
We also had friends visiting from France during August, Emmanuelle deMonleon, breeder of our stallion “Ice and Fire d’Albran” and her 13 year old daughter Isaure was staying with us and competing for us with “Grey Mist Lad”, she had never competed Cross Country prior to arriving in Ireland and she did an excellent job that day in Moycullen on a very tough and challenging High Performance course.
By the time she would arrive back home to France she was jumping cross country like a pro.
Connemara Pony Show Festival Clifden:
- International Team – Wednesday 15th August – Clifden
The International Team Event took place with another victory for Team Ireland made up of Talitha Diamond & Sea Storm, Alicia Devlin Byrne & Grey Smoke, Pauline Dahill & “Lucky Rebel” and Avril Hobson & “Lon Mac Líomhtha” (Sire: Silver Shadow) led by Chef d’Equipe; Robbie Fallon (From Cashel Bay Stud)
Team Great Britain was again made up of the same Team that had competed in Dublin on the Sunday previous; Lydia Stewart and Hazel Rock Rebellion, Charlotte Walters and Holnest Frodo Bagins, Ellie Callwood and Landslow Melody Maker and Ella Dalton and Hearnesbrook New Moon again led by Chef d’Equipe Debbie Nickson.
This was also the day of the Leaving Certificate Exam results, so after Clifden was finished, we made a dash over to Cornamona to Colaiste Naomh Feichin to meet with the Principal and collect her Leaving Cert, which was definitely worth the wait for as it held the ticket to her 3rd Level education which would commence only a few short weeks away in Galway.
- Show Day Thursday 16th August
Best Pony Handler 2018 and winner of the William J Diamond Perpetual Memorial Trophy at the Connemara Pony Show sponsored by Diamonds Equine was Martin O’Sullivan from Cork which myself and Talitha presented him with the Perpetual Cup.
- Performance Day in Clifden Friday 17th August:
As per usual the day started with rain, and rain it did.
Joey was out in the morning with young rider Isaure deMonleon from the d’Albran Stud competing in the Rider Under 16 years Working Hunter Class.
- The High Performance Final:
We had 2 of the 16 ponies that qualified from all over Ireland compete in the Final that day in Clifden.
Erne Valley Succelos aka Ernie ridden by Caoimhe Curran and Sea Storm aka Thunder ridden by Talitha Diamond.
Caoimhe’s younger brother Finn was also in the Final with Charlie of Blakehill. The course was built by Charles Hanley from Claremorris, a good course with a treble combination that needed a steady stride however its was the joker fence which was optional to jump at the end that proved to be a little tricky for some.
There was only 2 Clear Rounds when the last pony had finished. Wexford rider Edwina O’Connor very narrowly beating Wicklow’s Alicia Devlin Byrne and her Dublin Champion “Grey Smoke” into 1st place with the stallion “Agharanny Minstrel”.
- The Puissance:
Again, I am not alone in saying that one of the Highlights of the Clifden Show is The Puissance. If you have no idea about Showjumping or Working Hunter it doesn’t take a degree in anything to figure out how it works, you either clear the wall or you don’t. The two fences in the first round have to also be cleared also, in the second and subsequent rounds one fence prior to the wall and the wall have to be cleared. (*to the best of my knowledge!)
Last year in 2017, Sea Storm had jointly won the Puissance, but due to bad weather the ground was very soft and difficult to jump out of, so the wall had gone up to 1.42 but the rider/pony combinations had all cleared it at 1.32m.
2016 They had come second place, at 1.48m
The weather that morning in 2018 had also been very wet but had cleared up a good bit by the afternoon and luckily the grounds dried up safely enough for the Puissance to go ahead.
Round 1 Started at 1.20m and Talitha and Sea Storm were the first to go as she had two ponies taking part in the Puissance.
Approx 10 Riders and Ponies took place in Round 1, which knocked a few out,
Round 2 was at 1.35m, 3 ponies cleared this to continue,
Round 3 was at 1.50m again 3 riders progressed to the Final Round and
Round 4 was at 1.55m, Talitha and Thunder were the only combination to clear this.
The last round my heart was truly in my mouth and as Talitha came down the shoot she asked me what height was it at now, as one cannot hear the commentator up in the practice ring. I had to tell her I didn’t know, and to just give it her best shot! Those few seconds; the approach, take off and moment of suspension before landing you could hear the pin drop again and then there was a triumphant roar and cheering of the crowd as Thunder sailed a good 12-15 cms clear over the wall, which was by far one of the most exciting moments ever to secure outright the Bobby Sparrow Blue Perpetual Trophy, a Galway Crystal Trophy and a prize fund of €1,000.
Attended a Showjumping Clinic with SHI Level 2 Coach Cormac Rafferty. Very informative and productive clinic with Cormac.
We alternated many of the ponies from the yard each week bringing them to the SJI shows, those not registered jumped on a temporary ticket and also as Talitha is over 16 years of age, she is unable to compete them in ponies, so she jumped them in horses, unregistered, but it gave them great experience.
Upper Mace Show – Competition. We had a lorry of Ponies were over for this competition and there were a number of clear rounds and a good productive day.
SJI Autumn League Final took place at Galway Equestrian Centre
Talitha & Thunder came 1st in the 1m and 2nd in the 1.10m Classes.
Connemara Pony Breeders Society Christmas Show
The CPBS Christmas Show took place in Creagh Equestrian Centre, home of the Carey Family, I’ve mentioned this previously that it is a good spin from Connemara, when we get to Ballinasloe where Creagh is located, we’re half way to Dublin, we’re also still in Co Galway! So an early start for us it was that morning,
We departed with Ernie, Hero, Joey and Thunder
Ernie was very well ridden by Chloe Joyce from Oughterard who also had her own pony, a pony she also bought from us earlier in the year, Tallyho Figo, and done very well with him also. Hero, Ernie and Thunder all had clear rounds and were included in the Jump Off round.
The Speed Round at 1m made for some gasps as Talitha & Thunder went round the course at lightning speed, we always say she’s able to “turn him on a sixpence” so they were unbeatable with the quick twists and turns around an already twisty course and so the class was won by Talitha and Sea Storm.
<<<< Well as I am now at the end of January 2019, I better wrap it up or it’ll be too late to be posting anything, lol. A few very busy weeks with ponies departing from here has slowed down the review here! >>>>
A great ending to 2018 given the one we had faced the year previously.
On a final note, we would like to take this opportunity to wish each and everyone of you a fantastic year ahead in 2019, we hope that you and yours have a safe, happy and healthy year ahead and we look forward to meeting and greeting you throughout the year ahead, be it through sales, purchases, competing, trekking, visiting or through the use of our Stallions in the Connemara breeding industry.
We would also like to thank all our customers, visitors, staff, family members and friends (who are part and parcel of it all including the non horsey ones) and all the contributors to our equine business.
And please accept my apologies, if I have left anyone out or ommitted relevant details or made errors. Also as I have been adding in bits and pieces here and there I “may” have it a bit all over the place, so please excuse my non professional layout and grammar usage or lack of etc! 😊
Much thanks also to all at Rockmount Veterinary Clinic and Glenina Vets namely Dr Philip McManus and also to Dr’s: Niamh and Francois Walch at Western Veterinary Practice in Clifden to which we are indebted for and eternally grateful to have such fabulous professionals who give top class care to all our animals throughout the year, at any time of the day or night.
Also our Farrier John Walsh, (no foot, no horse) who keeps all our ponies hooves in Tip Top Condition and is always only a phone call or text away and supplies us with a fantastic service year round.
To everyone in the yard that helps out in one way or another, all the riders, grooms, those that clean, feed, look after and care for, come and help in any way, even just to hold a pony, those that drive all over the country at all hours, a Big Thank You!
Those that support our TeamDiamond, be it buying a Pony, coming for a Trek, coming to visit us here, purchasing a Team Jacket or other horsey items (feed/haylage/bedding) that are available here, those following our horsey adventures on Facebook or Instagram – Thank you!
We also love to hear from our friends and followers there and also love to hear from our former ponies current and new homes so do send us your pics and videos etc!
2018 also saw the departure of many great ponies from here, going in all directions. We look forward to seeing more of them all competing in the future, and wish each and every one of them the very best of Luck. ☘️🇮🇪🐴
Please remember to feel free to contact us at any stage if your in the market for a Connemara Performance Pony and we will do our very best to assist you in your search as we have an Elite selection in training at all times here in Renvyle.
Also if you are looking for a holiday in Renvyle, and looking at accommodation options I can make some suggestions for you if you want to send me a message I can send you on a link for some.
Finally. . . . wishing you all a great year ahead, here’s hoping 2019 will be as good if not better than the last!
On behalf of The Diamond Family Renvyle, Connemara, Ireland
– Priscilla Diamond.