The annual show held at Clifden is the place to be if you are buying, breeding or showing a Connemara pony.
Buyers and breeders from all over Europe have come to see the cream of the ponies put through their paces. In the last 10 years, Connemara ponies have become international best sellers, but it is a success story that has had its ups and downs, and 1980 has been a difficult year for trade.
Phil MacDermott of the Connemara Pony Breeders Society tells him that costs have escalated and it is difficlt to get exports, But they have had a lot of interest, increasingly in riding ponies. The Connemara is a very versatile pony because of its intelligence and stamina.
The Champion Stallion of the show is a 9-year-old pony owned by Tom and Elizabeth Ornsby. It beat off competition from close to 300 entries and the standard was exceptionally high.
An RTÉ News report from 23 August 1980. The reporter is Jim Fahy.