Kil­macanogue Horse Show

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The 43rd Kil­macanogue Horse Show is draw­ing near and will take place on Satur­day (30th) July at Monastery Cross, En­niskerry by kind per­mis­sion of the Fenelon Burke fam­ily. There are many at­trac­tions at the Show this year in­clud­ing horse and pony show­ing classes, minia­ture horses and ponies, don­key classes and car­riage driv­ing.

Also fea­tured are Side Saddle classes and of course the very pop­u­lar Chil­dren’s Pony Classes. This year in ad­di­tion many breeds of Ponies, they are also hold­ing a qual­i­fier Class for the All-Ire­land Kerry Bog Mare Cham­pi­onship which will be held at the Kerry Bog Na­tional Show in Glen­beigh, Co Kerry with a prize fund of €1,500 on of­fer in their cat­e­gory in that par­tic­u­lar show.

Liv­ing in Ire­land since an­cient times, some be­lieve the Kerry Bog Pony came with the Vikings. In 2005 DNA test­ing found these in­tel­li­gent, sure-footed and hardy ponies were a dis­tinct breed – now they are recog­nised through­out the EU as Ire­land’s third na­tional equine breed.

Kil­macanogue Horse Show in Co Wick­low might be a long way from Kerry but it just shows how pop­u­lar these kind, sen­si­ble ponies have be­come through­out Ire­land – es­pe­cially with chil­dren. They are Small (rang­ing 102 – 117cms) and sturdy, the Kerry Bog Pony is usu­ally brown in colour and has a lovey dish-faced head with big kind eyes. They never have a ‘bad hair day’ – their thick, long manes form a nat­u­ral um­brella against the rain. If you have a Kerry Bog Pony, please come to the Kil­macanogue Horse Show (July 30) and com­pete in rid­den classes and lots more in­clud­ing Obe­di­ent Pony and Style and Ap­pear­ance etc.

Aside from all that, there is the usual Show­ing Classes for sheep and Ire­land’s other na­tional breeds (Con­nemara, Ir­ish Draught) as well as a Scare­crow Com­pe­ti­tion, Fancy Dress and pho­tog­ra­phy/art com­pe­ti­tions and of course not for­get­ting, the ever pop­u­lar Dog Show. Full de­tails of all the classes at the show are avail­able on the Shows web­site kil­macanogue­horse­show.Com. Please come along and en­joy a great days en­ter­tain­ment and help the so­ci­eties cho­sen Charites raise some much needed funds.

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