Goldengrove shine at Clonakilty Show

Last Sunday was a good day for Goldengrove Pony Stud of Borrisokane, Co Tipperary, at Clonakilty Show.

They specialise in Welsh and riding ponies, four of which were big winners at Clon. Two-year-old gelding Goldengrove Sirocco was supreme pony champion and led champion of the show for Orla Whelton, Butlerstown, Bandon.

William Williamson, Glandore, won the yearling show pony class with Goldengrove Skyfall.

Goldengrove Glitz was the purebred Welsh champion and won a driving class for Frank Williams, Thurles, Co Tipperary. And Goldengrove Hermione was the part-bred Welsh pony or cob class winner at Clonakilty for Margaret Greene, Clonmel, Co Tipperary.

Claire Scott, who runs Goldengrove Pony Stud with her sister, Sarah Rymer, was thrilled, but revealed their day started badly, with the loss during delivery of the filly foal of Springtime Symphony, her daughter’s lead rein pony, after carrying 367 days. Thankfully, Springtime Symphony has recovered.

The following were among the other championship-winning exhibitors at Clonakilty.


Friesian: Patrick Coffey, Enniskeane.

Dubliner Cheese All-Ireland pedigree Friesian heifer in milk: Dermot and Jerry O’Driscoll, Timoleague.

Shorthorn: James O’Donovan, Schull.

Jersey: Stephen Shannon, Ballinascarthy.

Friesian junior champion: Patrick Coffey.

West Cork Irish bred Friesian: David and Michael O’Sullivan, Bandon.

Best three females Irish bred: Dermot and Jerry O’Driscoll,

Pedigree inter beef: Keith Vickery, Rosscarbery.

Angus: Albert De Cogan, Castlemartyr.

Belgian Blue: John Cahalane, Castlehaven.

Charolais: Nigel Kingston, Drimoleague.

Hereford: J Appelbe, Clonakilty.

Limousin: Donal Moloney, Ardnacrusha, Co Clare.

Simmental: Keith Vickery, Rosscarbery.

Commercial non-pedigree beef: William R Gubbins, Kilfinane, Co Limerick.


Brood mare: Kieran Fahey, Enniskeane.

Foal: Brian Sheahan, Leap.

3-year-old: Pat & James O’Mahony, Glounthoune.

2-year-old: PJ Lehane, Clonakilty.

Yearling: Seamus Lehane, Clonakilty.

Young horse of the show: Pat & James O’Mahony.

Hunter: Tina Murphy, Clonakilty

Working hunter: Mary McCarthy, Glandore

Mini supreme pony: Melanie Marnane, Bansha, Co Tipperary.

Ridden pony: Theresa Marnane, Bansha, Co Tipperary.

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