The 58th Connemara Pony Show in Clifden, Co. Galway attracts record crowds.

The sturdy little Connemara is now firmly established as one of the world's leading breeds.

The popularity of the Connemara pony is now evident throughout in the US, Australia and in the African state Lesotho. 

The annual Connemara pony show is the highlight of the year for breeders with this year seeing a record number of entries. The Breeders Association is calling for additional financial aid for farmers willing to breed ponies and hopes to have existing Department of Agriculture schemes extended for their inclusion. 

The top award at the 1981 show was won by Gearoid Curran of Moycullen in county Galway. The second prize winner was Eileen Ryan of Castletown, Portlaoise and third prize went to Joe Day from Ballyclough in county Wexford. 

An RTÉ News report by Jim Fahy broadcast on 21 August 1981.