Killusty Pony Show, blessed with golden sunshine, and as great an event as ever

Killusty Pony Show, blessed with golden sunshine, as a great event as ever

Children from Killusty all ready for the 'World Cup' at the Killusty Show Fancy Dress.


Temperatures soared on Saturday, July 7, as Killusty Pony Show celebrated the 56th Show in the idyllic location, at the foot of Slievenamon. The entries were magnificent with over 220 competitors on the day, with a lot of newcomers from all over the country experiencing success at Killusty. The new non-competitive classes were extremely popular with children and parents alike, with the ever-talented judge Sally having praise and encouragement for every child. It was great to see so many smiling faces! The children received a rosette, sweets and a lucky dip prize, which was kindly sponsored by The Equine Warehouse, Clonmel. 

It was a great day yet again this year, with local competitors topping their classes across the field. Pat O’Brien retained the cup for Champion Pony Broodmare with his mare ‘A Touch of Class’ and took home silverware in the Connemara Purebred Championship when he won the Sarah Miller Perpetual Cup. Another great local success was Leah Coen and her pony ‘Droma Joey’ winning both, the Connemara ridden class by rider under 16 and Connemara Working Hunter. 

Laura Coonan, Killusty was winner of the handy pony for rider age 8 and 9 with her pony ‘Patchwork Polly’. Joanne Doran was the winner of the special lead rein class for children aged 3½  to 4, with her pony ‘Teddy’ ridden by Jack Doran. Margaret Lawless-Greene was in the winners’ enclosure on numerous occasions throughout the day and won the local O’Brien riding pony championship with her pony ‘Golden Grove Supremacy’ ridden by Emily Lawless Greene. Rosie Mae O’Grady was very successful in the open 143cm Working hunter pony, winning on her pony ‘Doonkinane Splash’. Also in the winners’ enclosure were Melanie Ryan, winning the cob in hand class and taking home reserve champion cob of the show and Juliet Quirke, in the performance jumping class under 60cm.  

A sincere thank you to everyone who supported the raffle in aid of the Critical Illness Fund, in Fethard. Spectators had to guess the age of a pony to enter the raffle and it was extremely successful with approximately €500 raised for this fantastic cause. The pony was 19 years old, so well done to everyone who guessed right. As always, the dog show was very popular with the children, which was kindly sponsored by Iain Meagher of Daybreak, Fethard, and judged by Tipperary Foxhounds’ huntsman, Gavin Shorten.  

Thanks to all our sponsors, which without them Killusty would not be the success it is today and we really appreciate their continued support. Thanks to all the judges and stewards for their great work in all the rings throughout the field. Thanks to those who did the catering, everyone really enjoyed themselves. Thank you to everyone who helped with the parking and the setting up of the field during the week. Thanks to John Hennessy M.V.B. for being on duty for the day. Also thanks to the civil defence for being on hand if required. We hope you all enjoyed the day. Roll on 2019!